Released 7/17/04 Rated: PG-13
Now here’s a good movie. A cool concept that was thankfully executed with CGI. The majority of robot movies done previously tend to look either strange or dated. This film has a polish to it that still holds up in the near decade it’s been since it was released.
And here we have Will Smith at the head of it all. What I love about his character in this movie is that he’s very real. He’s not this perfect guy here to save the world; he’s flawed. Detective Spooner is prejudice against these robots, a little paranoid, sarcastic as hell, and loves his grandmother’s sweet potato pie. He’s had a hard life, but he gets through the best he can. Unfortunately this new case isn’t adding up with the way things work, and Spooner is the only one who has a problem with it.
Another actor who has a much smaller part, though I love it all the same, is Shia LaBeouf. Pre-Transformers, Shia plays this bad-mouth teen who is attempting to appear more important and older than he is, but is just going about it the wrong way. I just love his role because he’s the kid who thinks he’s a badass, but actually looks more like a dork because he’s trying too hard. He puts a smile on my face every time.
And then there are the robots themselves. What I like about it is that it’s not just one type of robot. Technology is constantly evolving, and the creators of this film brought that to life with multiple versions or models of robots. And just like in real life how everybody has to have the latest cell phone, everybody has to have the newest robot. They really got into it in this movie. Even the older robots look cool and fit the world. Everything was nicely done.
I think this movie is great and has really held up over the years. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for an action movie, a mystery thriller, or just a fun sci-fi flick.