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I, ROBOT (article first published : 2004-11-20)

Notable less for some effective, if not particularly mind-blowing visual effects, than for a performance showing some growth, both physically and as an actor, by amiable Will Smith, I, Robot Is likely to do well at the box-office. Don't, however, anticipate another Blade Runner or Minority Report, as it's not an exceptional film.

Inspired by Isaac Asimov's series of nine books, the 115-minute movie is set in Chicago in 2035, a time when glass skyscrapers and servant robots are everywhere, obeying rules of robotics which stipulate that they are forbidden to harm a human or permit people to be harmed.

Smith, now 36 and all pumped up and clad in black, plays Del Spooner. He's a gung-ho, devoted cop and technophobe with a penchant for his dear ol' grandmother's sweet potato pie, who is called in to probe the death of a robotics professor (James Cromwell).

It appears the good doctor may have fallen to his death with some intervention by a renegade robot. Del's investigation has him teaming with pouty scientist and "robo-psychologist" Susan Calvin (Bridget Moynahan) and, as the film's trailer has already told us, it leads to an uprising among the robots well-depicted with transparent torsos and expressive faces - which puts not only Del's life in danger, but also threatens the whole of mankind and the world as we know it.

The plot is a little tired and predictable and director Alex Proyas, who gave us the much darker The Crow and Dark City, pushes all the expected buttons to beef up the action. This includes a car chase and attack in a tunnel that forms the film's highlight and will certainly delight the thrill-seekers. Ditto a later scene involving scores of computer-generated, red-hearted robots climbing the outside walls of a glass skyscraper.

It is an entertaining enough slice of sci-fi, but there is insufficient oomph and originality in I, Robot to elevate it beyond matinee treat level. Rating:6/10. - Billy Suter




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