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Movie Renter's Guide - March, 2008

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"i, Robot" (Blu-ray)

movie-i-robot.jpgSynopsis

It's the year 2035, and robots are plentiful. Their purpose is to make our lives easier by performing day-to-day tasks. One afternoon, Police Detective Del Spooner (Smith) sees one of these robots running down the street after stealing a purse from a woman. He chases and causes a scene.

The Police Chief reprimands him, saying that it is impossible that a robot did this, because they are programmed with The Three Laws, which are specifically designed to keep the robots from harming anyone or ever committing a crime. But, Spooner insists he saw what he saw.

Then, he is called to U.S. Robotics, where the robots are built, to investigate an apparent suicide of a friend of his, Dr. Alfred Lanning (Cromwell), who is the designer of the robots.

Spooner is very suspicious, as Dr. Lanning didn't show any behavior that would indicate he was suicidal. The president of the company, Lawrence Robertson (Greenwood) is not completely forthcoming about the events.

So, Detective Spooner investigates deeper and discovers that a new model of robot is being built by the thousands, a robot that doesn't adhere to The Three Laws.

Spooner and one of the staff, Susan Calvin (Moynahan), must intervene in order to prevent a world ruled by machines.

Specifications

  • Twentieth Century Fox
    2002, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 54 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC @ 25 Mbps
  • English/French/Spanish DD 5.1, English DTS HD 5.1 Master Lossless Audio
  • Directed by Alex Proyas
  • Starring Will Smith, Berdget Moynahan, Bruce Greenwood, James Cromwell
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

The film is based on a story by Issac Asimov, and has some obvious religious overtones. It has a bit of paranoia too, from a time when everyone was concerned about technology turning into Big Brother.

Technical

The images are superb, with a bit rate of 25 Mbps. The surround sound is terrific as well.

Extras

These include Behind the Camera, Production Diaries, Commentaries, and other things.