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Beast
03-12-2004, 12:34 PM
As a fan of the previous 'Outer Limits' adaption of Issac Asimov's "I, Robot" I was a little worried when the plan was announced to use the tale for to make a big budget sci-fi epic starring Will Smith. But, the first trailer seems to indicate that the film may actually turn out to be quite entertaining. The director previously helmed "The Crow" and "Dark City".

It looks like it's a lot different then the original story or the Outer Limits episode though. With the emphasis being on a lot of action. But I'll give it a shot. It definatly looks like it could be worth wasting a few hours of my life for. Here's the synopsis and links to the new trailer. Just right click and save one of the sizes. The movie opens 7/16/2004. :)

Set in a future Earth (2035 A.D.) where robots are common assistants and workers for their human owners, this is the story of "robotophobic" Chicago Police Detective Del Spooner's (Smith) investigation into the murder of Dr. Miles Hogenmiller, who works at U.S. Robotics (run by Greenwood), in which a robot, Sonny (Tudyk), appears to be implicated, even though that would mean the robot had violated the Laws of Robotics, which is apparently impossible.

It seems impossible because.. if robots can break those laws, there's nothing to stop them from taking over the world, as humans have grown to become completely dependent upon their robots. Or maybe... they already have? Aiding Spooner in his investigation is a psychologist, Dr. Susan Calvin (Moynahan), who specializes in the psyches of robots...
Small (http://mp3content03.bcst.yahoo.com/proot1/PubShare04/yahoomovies/13/5843678.mov)
Medium (http://mp3content03.bcst.yahoo.com/proot2/PubShare06/yahoomovies/15/5843684.mov)
Large (http://mp3content01.bcst.yahoo.com/proot1/PubShare03/yahoomovies/6/5843687.mov)
Mega-Big (http://mp3content02.bcst.yahoo.com/proot3/PubShare11/yahoomovies/1/5843691.mov)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

JediTricks
03-12-2004, 04:57 PM
Sounds a little too much like the premise for the pilot episode of the series "Total Recall 2070" - which itself was a lot closer to a sequel to Blade Runner than to Total Recall, and I've heard was more similar to Philip K. Dick's writings than either of those motion pictures.

rbaumhauer
03-12-2004, 09:59 PM
Man, for a minute I thought somebody had actually gotten around to filming Ellison's unbelievable adaptation. Not surprised to find it isn't the case, but I guess this also means that no-one every will, either :( One of the great un-made sci-fi screenplays.........

plasticfetish
03-13-2004, 05:02 AM
From the trailer I'd say it looks to be a fun film.

When I saw a standup ad for this film a while ago I though, "Hey, they're making a movie of 'I, Robot' staring Will Smith... I read that book ages ago and really liked it. This'll be interesting." Then I thought about it and realized that I could barely remember any of the book at all. So... blank slate with this one. Unless I decide to dig up a copy of the book and read it again, I'm looking at it like an all new idea.

I'll take this one too, we haven't had a good film like this for a while. Not since Minority Report I think, and that wasn't bad, but it was pretty forgettable in the end.

I do dig the robots.

Mandalorian Candidat
03-13-2004, 10:35 AM
Sounds a little too much like the premise for the pilot episode of the series "Total Recall 2070" - which itself was a lot closer to a sequel to Blade Runner than to Total Recall, and I've heard was more similar to Philip K. Dick's writings than either of those motion pictures.

Actually, I believe Asimov's story predates TR and BR so I would say those are the imitations.

Anyways...Will Smith...cop...shoot em up...ho hum. :rolleyes: This is ID4 without Jeff Goldblum. When they show him making a lame-A joke about coffee and sugar then a clip saying "Oh hell no!" you know it's going to be a hack screenplay.

I read the book long ago when I was really into Asimov and Bradbury and remember that it was really good (although like pf I can't remember much) but this trailer makes it seem like some jacked up AI-gets-his-revenge movie.

I have nothing against Will Smith, I just think the whole act is very, very old. I wish this had been cast differently.

Jedi_Master_Guyute
03-13-2004, 11:20 AM
Ah, i was hoping maybe this was something Sealab related as two of their greatest episodes were "I, Robot" and "I, Robot..really"; I shall leave this thread sad and unfulfilled. :D

plo koon 200
03-14-2004, 12:18 AM
Great! The book is good but the should have gone with the Harlan Ellison script. This could be a good sci-fi flick.

scruffziller
04-05-2004, 03:16 PM
Anyone who saw Hellboy probably saw the trailer. At first glance it seems like the prequels to the Matrix. I think someone said something to the effect that the brothers that made The Matrix got their ideas from the series of books that I, Robot is based off of. Has anyone read the book series?

Beast
07-18-2004, 03:58 AM
So, it's been a few days.....anyone actually see this other than me? I'm suprised to have seen no discussion at all of it on the boards. Especially since in my opinion it was a pretty good flick. Better than I had assumed it would be, anyway. While I'm not a huge fan of Will Smith, or a fan of many of his movies I liked this one. The special effects were of course, excellent. And the story and acting were quite impressive. Thankfully the movie didn't feature a lot of 'Smithisms', which really get on my nerves after a while. The plot twists and misdirection at every turn were enough to keep it exciting the whole time. And since I didn't follow the movie that closely, I was actually suprised by many of the plot twists. It's just a great movie that keeps you guessing. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Turbowars
07-18-2004, 10:24 AM
Like you JJB, I really don't care for Will, but he did do a better job in this film. Overall the film was OK. I was entertained and walked out saying to my wife, It was better than I thought it would be. Loved the freeway tunnel chase and the robots were done very well. Was it just me or did the robot transports remind anyone of anything? EP1 maybe?;) Anyways there was a little Terminator thing going on with the robots taking over and all that crap. I guess it's hard to be completely original these days. I grade my movies on if I will buy the DVD and no, I will not.

JON9000
07-18-2004, 01:33 PM
I, Robot is an amalgamation of lots of other SF movies- everything is slick and well done, but MC is right- the original Asimov stories pre-date the other films (other than Metropolis) so I guess there is no complaint coming. Although I felt like I had seen it all before, the cool set designs, action, acting and plot twists kept it interesting.

Oh, one complaint- is anyone else sick of the Saving Private Ryan / Gladiator filmig technique for action? I gives me a headache. I'm talking about the scene where the house was demolished.

2-1B
07-18-2004, 05:28 PM
I really like Will Smith but I can't watch this movie, at least not in the theater. Those robots are about the lamest robots I've ever seen.

Beast
07-18-2004, 05:45 PM
I really like Will Smith but I can't watch this movie, at least not in the theater. Those robots are about the lamest robots I've ever seen.
They actually don't look that bad, in the context of the film. They're supposed to look somewhat human, which is why they're designed that way. The previous model look a lot more like normal robots. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

JON9000
07-18-2004, 07:33 PM
I really like Will Smith but I can't watch this movie, at least not in the theater. Those robots are about the lamest robots I've ever seen.
How did you ever stomach Episodes I & II? The robots here at least have cool looking hydrolics. These things mop the floor with battledroids.

2-1B
07-18-2004, 09:17 PM
How did you ever stomach Episodes I & II? The robots here at least have cool looking hydrolics. These things mop the floor with battledroids.

Well, for starters, battle droids don't have goofy human faces like the robots shown in the trailer. Hydraulics ? Please . . . why not just make these "I, Robots" have human looking skin to go with those dumb faces ?
What good are cool hydraulics when there's a goofy animated face screaming and yelling as it slams an interrogation table ? :p

mrmiller
07-20-2004, 07:22 PM
I was impressed by this movie- very enjoyable and pretty good Sci-fi too.

Most Sci-fi deals with the same thing a previous book/movie/show does, so the overlap can pretty much be found in any of it. I did get the feeling of a pre-terminator or pre-matrix world, but it was still a fun movie.

=MATT=

JON9000
07-21-2004, 01:03 AM
Well, for starters, battle droids don't have goofy human faces like the robots shown in the trailer. Hydraulics ? Please . . . why not just make these "I, Robots" have human looking skin to go with those dumb faces ?
What good are cool hydraulics when there's a goofy animated face screaming and yelling as it slams an interrogation table ? :p
Heheheh. Well, the ability of Sonny to emote is really key to what the movie is trying to say. Of course almost every android film asks the same question.

And not that I don't think Stanley Kubrick was able to do just as well with a simple red light. Remember how red it got when he was offing the whole crew? Or Maximillian's when he chopped up Norman Bates? Aw man, psycho computers and robots are cool to the max!

2-1B
07-21-2004, 02:19 AM
Jon, I guess that when it comes to emoting droids, it doesn't get any sillier than C-3PO. :crazed:

aceguide
07-22-2004, 09:31 AM
I liked the movie and would recommend it. The effects were very well done and the human characters were generally interesting.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-23-2004, 11:57 AM
I saw it yesterday with some friends. Overall, it's just okay. The action was pretty cool, but there wasn't much at the beginning, which was boring. I mean, there can be good movies without action, but this wasn't one of them. It was mildly interesting with a cool premise. The mystery of how the old man died was kind of obvious, I mean Sonny threw him out of the window after he asked and you can figure that out early on in the film so it wasn't really a surprise. I liked it in some parts, some of the jokes were funny and I thought the "vintage" 2004 Converse shoes was a nice touch. It looked futuristic, but not overly so. Shia LaBeouf's character was weird and somewhat unnecessary. The acting of the female lead was weak, or maybe it was the writing? The effects were great except for a horrible scene where Spooner and the lady were walking through the robots, looking for Sonny, it was really badly done (you could tell they were filmed on greenscreen). And the plotline got too confusing during the middle, they brought up too much stuff and didn't really explain it sufficiently.

I will give this movie a B-/C+. It had its moments, just not too many.

Hellboy
07-23-2004, 05:25 PM
Those robots are about the lamest robots I've ever seen.

I know what you mean Caesar. I had the same feelings before seeing this movie and actually found myself making fun of the trailer refering to the robots as 21st century crash test dummies. There are actually a few scenes that reminded me of the droid army in TPM.

However after seeing the movie I can honestly say I really enjoyed how the robots came off. I had really low expectations for the film but went to see it because I'm a fan of Alex Proyas's work. He has the ability to create some of the most impressive and unique environments in movies today IMO. I just wish he would put out more films. While it wasn't as groundbreaking as his earlier work (The Crow and Dark City) it is a good movie and certainly better than I expected. You could do much worse with the handful of films out there this summer. Thumbs up here. :)

Bel-Cam Jos
07-24-2004, 09:25 AM
Haven't seen the movie, but I did see a Spanish billboard advertising for Yo, Roboto. Yo, G, it'd be hardcore to check out that flick. Wicked hardcore! ;)

scruffziller
07-28-2004, 10:55 AM
What I liked about the film really had nothing to do with the story, effects, or the moral dilemma itself. Instead what I was absorbing was what Will's charachter was going through as a person who is living in a time when robots are now part of the social hierarchy and that biggotry and predjudice come with the territoity. I learned that man's problems in this physical universe will never go away no matter how much technology we invent. The problems will only take a different form or be transferred. Another more into the story aspect I was digesting was the "3 Laws" dilemma. James T. Kirk said that "logic somethimes fails us." Logic only fails us when it infringes upon our well being. Logic itself never fails, but it can fail to benefit us for our needs and desires. In which the error in the 3 Laws demonstrated that VIKI concluded by ultimate logic of what she calculated was the purpose of those laws. However, it wasn't what the humans had in mind. Kind of goes back to the MONKEY'S PAW wishes, you must be VERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY YYYYYY.........
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