I, Robot – 2004

Three Rules Of Robotics

1 – A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

2 – A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

3 – A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

That’s the interesting part. then there is Will Smith’s robotic arm. The rest of this movie is very disappointing. It suffers the typical Hollywood cliches. Even when a lot of movies have used the cliches before in this film they all seem to be dumber. There is very little about this movie that makes it worth watching. Even Will Smith who has a long pedigree of making great suffer science fiction films like Independence Day, Men In Black and I Am Legend. Ironically I Am Legend features the same screen writer. So you have to wonder how this film was so bad. Either the studio made changes to his script or the director ruined the story. I would tend to go with the latter guess because this is based on a premise suggested by Isaac Asimov.

Now let’s talk about the Academy Award this film was nominated for. It got one for best visual effects. While the special effects might be good I would say the art direction ruins it. This movie looks like it was filmed on a green screen. And that is probably because it was. But isn’t the idea for it to not look like it was. The CGI looks very cartoon like. So this is obviously why it didn’t win that Oscar. How they wasted $120 million dollars making this film blows my mind. I hope Will Smith got most of that money because that’s the only reason  anyone should buy a ticket. And that is obviously why it made almost $350 million in ticket sales. Certainly it wasn’t from word of mouth or the reviews. I have actually seen much better movies with less than a 56% on rotten tomatoes. But let’s be honest that average review score is an F. My score is less generous.

Acting – 4
Story – 1
Entertainment – 2
Enjoyment – 2
Screenplay – 1
Cinematography – 4
Characters – 2
Plot Holes – 3
Production Value – 4
Overall – 1
Overall Score – 48