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Cinematronic by Michael Snyder
Film
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  I, Robot cinematronic
  director

Alex Proyas

cast

Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Greenwood, James Cromwell, Chi McBride, Alan Tudyk

year

2004

rating rating cinematronic
  The late sci-fi author Isaac Asimov might be agonizing on the astral plane. The film "I, Robot" copped its title, its three laws of robotics and little else from a seminal book of Asimov short stories. According to the credits, it was "suggested by" Asimov's writing, rather than adapted from it. So the screenwriters took a hint and turned it into a Will Smith project. As special-effects-driven action fare goes, it isn't appalling. Smith, likeable star of "Men in Black," plays Del Spooner, a Chicago P.D. detective in the year 2035. It's an era of sophisticated robots programmed to serve humans, but Del doesn't trust the mechanical miracles. When a robotics expert (James Cromwell) is found dead in an apparent suicide, Del suspects a robot named Sonny of murdering the scientist. The scientist died at U.S. Robotics; company psychologist Susan Calvin (Bridget Moynahan) defends Sonny. Something does not compute. With shaky logic, techno-babble, throwaway characters, and Smith cracking as wise as his fans expect, "I, Robot" never settles on a single coherent tone. Is it a dystopian nightmare, "Robots Gone Wild," from its director Alex Proyas, whose sci-fi noir "Dark City" was a superior movie? Or is it a CGI shoot-'em-up with comic relief from Smith? It does neither to the utmost and can't measure up to the smarter, similarly themed futurism of "Blade Runner" and "Minority Report."  
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