8:00 PM, 7th October, 2004
Detective Del Spooner (Smith) is somewhat of a luddite. Ever since robot ownership became as common as owning a mobile phone, he's been uncomfortable. Imagine how he feels when he's ordered to investigate a murder believed to have been committed by a robot. It would be an open and shut case, if it weren't for the fact that harming a human being goes directly against the 3 simple rules that no robot can disobey. Is it a glitch in a new model? And if it is, what will happen when thousands of similar robots are unleashed on an unsuspecting public?
Many moons ago, Isaac Asimov wrote a collection of short stories about robots called "I, Robot"; more accurately a series of short stories about how robots manage to misinterpret or violate the spirit of the three laws of robotics (1. Robots can't hurt humans; 2. Robots must do as they're told unless it violates 1; 3. Robots must protect themselves unless it violates 1 & 2). Rather than adapt any one of the short stories into a movie, the film makers have decided to adapt an existing script (originally called "Hardwired") to the world Asimov created. I see this as win-win; a top shelf action blockbuster, set against one of the most thoughtfully created worlds ever - and the effects look great!