OK, so this one comes slightly late. I, Robot has been out for years, however I hadn’t seen it till final Friday. “Why? Aren’t you a sci-fi particular person?” Precisely.
The unique (in my thoughts, the true) I, Robotic was a group of brief tales launched by Isaac Asimov over half a century in the past. The brief tales have been every episodes regarding robots and their human overseers, and the conduct of the robots based on the Three Legal guidelines of Robotics (rendered faithfully within the movie). The tales are intelligent and introduce the “robotic universe” by which later Asimov books are primarily based.
The 2004 film used names and minor references (and naturally, the Three Legal guidelines) from the books, however in any other case was utterly unrelated. Will Smith (you may already see how the film’s going) performs a murder detective, Del Spooner, with an out-of-proportion dislike of robots. (He has a motive, I simply suppose it’s not sufficient to anticipate this.) He’s referred to as in on the obvious suicide of Dr. Alfred Lanning, the brainpower behind US Robotics. Lanning has been engaged on the NS-5, a brand new line of robots set to interchange all of the NS-4s presently in service. NS-5s have a relentless uplink again to USR.
Robopsychiatrist (within the books, robopsychologist) Susan Calvin exhibits Spooner round Lanning’s lab, the supposed “scene of the crime”. There they awake a modified NS-5, who makes an attempt to flee (a sequence referencing Asimov’s “Misplaced Little Robotic” story). They finally catch the robotic and convey him again to the police station.
Spooner, after all, turns into obsessive about the case and begins digging into USR. He’s quickly attacked by NS-5s, regardless of the supposed safety of the Three Legal guidelines. (Satirically, the vehicles carrying the attacking robots have “Three Legal guidelines Secure” stenciled on the facet.)
As anticipated, the robots do finally publicly reveal themselves, Spooner and Calvin infiltrate USR (with the assistance of Lanning’s modified NS-5), and the world is saved.
It’s a Will Smith motion film, which makes it entertaining, however…it loses one thing. There may be a few of Asimov’s spirit within the story of the modified NS-5, who goes by “Sonny”. Sonny is exclusive in a number of methods, together with being able to really feel feelings and an expanded quantity of non-public freedom. However that is comparatively minimal.
General it upset me that they titled the film “I, Robot”, significantly with the tagline (“One man noticed it coming”). Until that man was Lanning, not Spooner, the “it” of the tagline just isn’t the self-sentience of robots, robots that may legitimately use the pronoun “I”. However a take a look at Wikipedia confirmed that “I, Robotic” was not Asimov’s title, both…it was for an earlier story by Eando Binder that really match the title higher than Asimov’s tales do. Asimov’s authentic title for the brief story assortment was “Thoughts and Iron”.
However I nonetheless can’t recover from the exploitation of Asimov for what’s basically an motion film. Wikipedia says that the unique screenplay was referred to as Hardwired and was not Asimovized…and that it was extra of a homicide thriller. That I might have fairly seen (although the best way the plot works out, this title isn’t so nice both).
They stay in an Asimov-compliant world, nevertheless it’s not an Asimov story. I suppose I ought to recover from that, at which level it turns into simply one other over-the-top motion film. I might have been blissful if they’d used the Three Legal guidelines and US Robotics, however not used the character names (they’re clearly completely different characters) or the title. However then they lose the free publicity, proper?
One factor they did effectively: no romantic subplot between Spooner and Calvin. It’s not essential within the first place, and even much less believable/helpful with the character of Susan Calvin. Even this model.
Ultimate classification: Asimov fanfiction. A sound story, ruined for me by the affiliation with a really completely different lore and the necessity for motion to make a well-liked film. However leaving that apart (i.e. for individuals who don’t learn sci-fi), a legit motion film that brings up a number of additional fascinating concepts.