I, Robot (2004) Movie Review

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I, Robot (2004)

2004 | PG-13 | Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery, Crime
115 minutes / 1h 55min

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I, Robot Plot Synopsis:

In 2035, techno-phobic homicide detective Del Spooner of the Chicago PD heads the investigation of the apparent suicide of leading robotics scientist, Dr. Alfred Lanning. Unconvinced of the motive, Spooner's investigation into Lanning's death reveals a trail of secrets and agendas within the USR (United States Robotics) corporation and suspicions of murder. Little does he know that his investigation would lead to uncovering a larger threat to humanity.

I, Robot (2004) Review

I, Robot (2004) is an American neo-noir dystopian science fiction movie that is 115 minutes long and is filled with action, mystery, and thrills. The movie had an estimated budget of $120 million and grossed over $347.2 million. Director Alex Proyas (Dark City (1998), Knowing (2009), The Crow (1994)) excelled at giving us daring shots, slow motion spectaculars, and kinetic visual touch. The smart action film was shot in Dumont Dunes, California, USA; Chicago, Illinois, USA and several locations in British Columbia, Canada. The movie contains slight sexual references, minor language (damn, hell, etc.), extreme violence, thrills, robot fighting robot and a futuristic world.

I, Robot takes place in a future Earth in 2035 A.D. where robots work for humans, who are their owners. Chicago Police Detective Del Spooner (Will Smith - Men in Black (1997), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), I Am Legend (2007)) is investigating Dr. Alfred Lanning murder. Dr. Alfred Lanning (James Cromwell - The Green Mile (1999), L.A. Confidential (1997), The Artist (2011)) was an employee at the U.S. Robotics where a robot named Sonny was implicated. Sonny did something that is nearly impossible for robots to do and that is to violate the Three Laws of Robotics resulting in him killing someone. Sonny proves that robots have the potential to bypass their commands and take over the world because if he can break those laws, then the other robots can also do the same with assistants. The humans rely on the robot to help them with everything. Dr. Susan Calvin (Bridget Moynahan - Blue Bloods (2010), Lord of War (2005), The Recruit (2003)) is a psychologist who teams up with Spooner to help him with his investigation.

I gave this I, Robot a score of a seven because as it was intriguing/gripping at the beginning of the film, it lost its grip with narrative as the plot unraveled. Dr. Susan did not add anything good to this film as her role was hard to watch, maybe it was Bridget Moynahan’s acting that was the problem. The numerous jaw-dropping sequences were enough to cover up the mishaps and keep me interested. The slick attention grabbing premises (sometimes), stellar visual effects, futuristic city landscapes, cars, creepy robots, solid special effects, interesting ideas and exhilarating action sequences makes this film an entertaining thrill ride. Will Smith gave an outstanding performance as a detective, but the other actors fell short on giving convincing performances. With all said, this film is not for those individuals that want depth and intelligence from a movie because the plot is simple-minded and somewhat disappointing since it is not explored much.

  • I, Robot Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.68
  • IMDB: 7.1
  • MetaCritic: 5.9

About I, Robot 2004

Title: I, Robot
Year: 2004
Runtime: 115 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery, Crime
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.34/5 stars from 448,884 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 448,884
MPAA Rating: PG-13
I, Robot Cast Starring: Aaron Douglas, Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Terry Chen, Jerry Wasserman, Lynnanne Zager, Bruce Greenwood, Marrett Green, Victor Formosa, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight, Phillip Mitchell, Peter Shinkoda, Emily Tennant, Ian A. Wallace, Scott Heindl, Darren Moore, Alan Tudyk, Craig March, Simon Baker, Aaron Joseph, David Haysom, Bobby Stewart, James Cromwell, Nicola Crosbie, Bridget Moynahan, Michael St. John Smith, Travis Webster, Chi McBride, Angela Moore, Essra Vischon
I, Robot Writers: Jeff Vintar, Akiva Goldsman
I, Robot Director: Alex Proyas
Language: English
Country: USA, Germany