I Robot (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Alex Proyas Starring: Bridget Moynahan Will Smith

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A fun Sci-fi movie

on 5/6/2012

I watched this one with my family over the weekend and, quite frankly, had a ball. Yeah, to some extent it's a movie with a message, but mainly it's just plain entertaining. If you try to read too much into it, you'll miss the opportunity for a good old-fashioned sci fi romp. Read More

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Not bad

on 5/30/2012

A decent sci-fi movie here. Will Smith plays pretty much the same character he plays in all his movies. The plot borrows elements from various other movies and is quite predictable at times. However, there is enough visual excitement to keep everything interesting. Read More

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Product Overview

In the year 2035, technology and robots are a trusted part of everyday life. But that trust is broken when a scientist is found dead and a skeptical detective (Will Smith) believes that a robot is responsible. Bridget Moynahan co-stars in this high-tech action thriller that questions whether technology will ultimately lead to mankind's salvation...or annihilation.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 206780863
UPC 024543509875
UPC 14 00024543509875
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 3/31/2009
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Science Fiction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Loosely based on the novel from Isaac Asimov, I, ROBOT is an action-packed, CGI-laden thrill ride from director Alex Proyas (THE CROW). Set in 2035, Will Smith stars as Chicago law enforcer Detective Del Spooner. Called upon to investigate the mysterious suicide of scientist Dr. Alfred Lanning (James Cromwell), Spooner deduces that Lanning didn't kill himself but was, in fact, murdered. Lanning worked for the US Robotics headquarters, where he constructed friendly robots designed to help humans with mundane tasks. Lanning's creations are prevalent all over the city, and have been fully integrated into the culture. They are allegedly programmed not to harm humans, but as Spooner digs deeper, his investigations lead him to a new type of robot that Lanning was working on before his death, and one of these models--the highly charismatic Sonny--becomes the prime suspect in the case. Spooner bears a grudge against robots due to an unfortunate incident, so his case against Sonny is met with shrugs of indifference from colleagues who know his prejudices all too well. Fortunately he meets an ally, and a romantic interest, in Dr. Susan Calvin (Bridget Moynahan), who agrees to help him. As Sonny is cured of his violent tendencies, the other robots amass across the city, working on the assumption that they need to control humanity in order to safeguard its future.^Director Proyas unleashes a fearsome arsenal of special effects, while Spooner and Calvin chase the errant robots all over the city. Sonny's facial features and voice are digitally manipulated from the actor Alan Tudyk, lending an unnerving element of humanity to the character. Smith and Moynahan give convincing performances throughout, and as the action races towards a nail-biting conclusion, the message of the movie suggests that technologies built to help mankind could also provide its downfall.
Entertainment Weekly "[I]t has some nifty choreographed scenes of leaping malevolent droids on the attack." 07/23/2004 p.54-5
Uncut "[T]his is state-of-the-art sci-fi, slick and silvery....It's intelligent..." 09/01/2004 p.130
Alex Proyas
Bridget Moynahan
Will Smith
Cast & Crew
Akiva Goldsman - Screenplay
Alan Tudyk - Actor
Alex Proyas - Director
Bridget Moynahan - Actor
Chris August - Art Director
Helen Jarvis - Art Director
Isaac Asimov - Based On Novel By
James Cromwell - Actor
Jeff Vintar - Screenplay
John Davis - Producer
Marco Beltrami - Original Music By
Patrick Tatopoulos - Production Designer
Simon Duggan - Cinematographer
Will Smith - Executive Producer
Will Smith - Actor
William Hoy, et. al. - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 2250987
UPC 00024543509875
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 115 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Nominee (2005) Image Award, Will Smith, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture,Oscar, John Nelson, et. al., Best Achievement in Visual Effects
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The best big-budget science fiction film since Minority Report, I, Robot gets high marks not only for storytelling but for its compelling vision of 2035 Chicago. Directed by Alex Proyas, who previously imagined the strikingly noir cityscapes of The Crow and Dark City, I, Robot takes ideas (and a character) presented in Isaac Asimov's classic anthology of nine short stories and uses them as a jumping-off point for a thrilling action-adventure movie. Proper recognition goes to credited screenwriters Jeff Vintar and Akiva Goldsman (and uncredited Hillary Seitz) for remaining faithful to the essential themes of Asimov's writing while taking the story in a different, more cinematic direction...I, Robot features some of the best uses of CGI special effects ever. Put this alongside the Star Wars prequels and The Lord of the Rings as a primer for the seamless incorporation of special effects.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review In what's practically become a movie genre unto itself, i.e., the "Will Smith Summer Movie," I, Robot is the star's strongest film since Men in Black (1997)...Yet while I, Robot is consistently entertaining and considerably smarter than your average summer action flick, it's never particularly exciting or emotionally compelling. And although Proyas (The Crow) stages the action scenes skillfully, he brings nothing distinctive or fresh to the narrative, which bears more than a passing resemblance to Spielberg's films A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001) and Minority Report (2002). In fact, there's ultimately such an impersonal, coldly efficient quality to the direction here that you leave I, Robot wondering if "Alex Proyas" is actually a pseudonym for an NS-5 robot, programmed by the film's producers to follow the strict laws of big-budget filmmaking.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 7
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Smith,Will
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Jami Bernard, New York Daily News The perfect sci-fi movie for a post-9/11 world, in that it tells us we're afraid of threats hiding in plain sight.
Luke Y. Thompson, Dallas Observer ...eye-popping thrills.
Scott Tobias, The Onion A.V. Club ...sprinkles Asimov's ideas like seasoning on a giant bucket of popcorn. The morsels are occasionally tasty...

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