Old Movie Review: I, Robot (2004)
The movie is set in Chicago in the year 2035. Will Smith plays Detective Spooner, a Chicago cop with a prejudice against robots. He is called in to investigate the “suicide” of Doctor Lanning, a famous and brilliant scientist in the employ of U.S. Robotics, the largest robotic company in the world. As he investigates, he begins to suspect that this is not just a simple suicide. Something far more insidious is going on.
This is definitely an enjoyable movie. It is filled with suspense and intrigue. The clues are well-placed and well thought out. Everything flows from one scene to the next. I don’t think there are any major flaws in terms of technology or anything like that (Asimov was one of the best Sci-Fi writers). Detective Spooner’s aversion to robots is explained in a realistic way and proves to be quite prophetic by the end of the movie.
Again, since this movie relies partly on the aura of mystery, I won’t divulge any more of the storyline. I’ll only say that it is worth seeing, but it does lose some of its charm after you’ve seen it as many times as I have. I know that makes this a short review, but, oh, well.
Overall, I’ll give it four out of five stars.