I, Robot is one of very few original movies that I went to the theaters to see. Or at least, being a movie that I was old enough to decide to see. Will Smith was one of my favorite actors growing up. Plus I love robots. The combination of both seemed perfect. I, Robot is set in the year 2035, where robots have become an integral part of society. Will Smith plays a homicide detective named Spooner, who investigates a murder that may have been committed by a robot. Alan Tudyk plays the robot suspect named Sonny (in a brilliant motion capture performance). I, Robot is based on a famous short story by Issac Asimov. I’m pretty sure the movie barely connects with the book. Except for the use of the “Three Laws of robotics.”
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
I think the movie works pretty well as a blockbuster action movie. More than it does a thought provoking thriller. The future they’ve created is pretty cool. I especially liked their interpretation of hover cars and hands free phones. But the robots are the real star of the movie. They’re humanoid with white translucent faces and bodies. I, Robot may be lost on most people, but I do find myself watching it occasionally.