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I, Robot
Short plot summary

Will Smith plays Del Spooner, a cop, who hates robots. He is called to investigate an apparent murder committed by a robot... but, as everybody knows, Robot's can't do murders so Spooner is obviously a troublesome outsider, right...?

The Asimov 3 Laws of Robots

Law 1: A Robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Law 2: A Robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the first Law.

Law 3: A Robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second Law.

What our panel of critics thought

"When is Will Smith going to play a heartless scheming manipulative bastard? I am simply fed up with the nice cool dude guy stereotype he always plays. When they do a remake of Nightmare on Elm Street I want to see him play Freddy."

"OK, so if Audi go broke in the next 30 years I'll want my money back..."

"So, the NS4 robots are being replaced by NS5's...? There is a terrifyingly Microsoft-ish dark dimension to this idea... "

Please tell me the ending or whole plot if necessary

The NS5 robots intend to take over the world via the method of revolution. They are stopped, single handedly it seems, by Spooner (Will Smith).

Sonny, the robot with real emotions (all the other robots only have simulated emotions) who was set-up for the murder of Dr Lanning at the start of the movie, did not commit the murder. The murder was committed by V.I.K.I. a super computer with a digital face...

Other comments

A technically impressive movie but all-in-all a disappointingly superficial effort. Compares unfavourably to Blade Runner which it has many similarities to.

Date of review

April 13, 2005

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