Recommended by Drew
“[voiceover] There have always been ghosts in the machine. Random segments of code, that have grouped together to form unexpected protocols. Unanticipated, these free radicals engender questions of free will, creativity, and even the nature of what we might call the soul. Why is it that when some robots are left in darkness, they will seek out the light? Why is it that when robots are stored in an empty space, they will group together, rather than stand alone? How do we explain this behavior? Random segments of code? Or is it something more? When does a perceptual schematic become consciousness? When does a difference engine become the search for truth? When does a personality simulation become the bitter mote… of a soul? “- Dr. Alfred Lanning
Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (Theater in 2004, video, dvd and 17 Sep 2014)
Brief Synopsis – In the not so distant future where society is very dependent on robots, a detective is given a seemingly impossible case where a robot is suspected of murder.
My Take on it – I remember the spectacle of seeing this movie in the theater when it came out in 2004.
The special effects in this movie are amazing due to the expert use of motion capture to show the constant interactions between humans and robots especially during the action scenes.
I loved the way that they integrated Asimov’s 3 laws with lots of philosophical questions about being human and having a soul.
The mystery plot works well in this futuristic setting and Will Smith was a great choice for the lead role because he can play the smart ass cop very well.
Bottom Line – Very clever whodunit that expertly uses Asimov’s 3 laws of robotics. Good chooce of Will Smith in the lead role. Amazing special effects! Highly recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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