In 2035, technophobic homicide detective Del Spooner of the Chicago PD heads the investigation of the apparent suicide of leading robotics scientist, Dr. Alfred Lanning. Unconvinced of the motive, Spooner's investigation into Lanning's death reveals a trail of secrets and agendas within the USR (United States Robotics) corporation and suspicions of murder. Little does he know that his investigation would lead to uncovering a larger threat to humanity.
The outside design of the top floor executive suite of U.S. Robotics CEO Lawrence Robertson's unique shape is a nod to the first really functional robot built by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for the movie Forbidden Planet in 1956. The shape of the top of the building is the same shape of the top of the main body of Robby the Robot. This is the part that used to blink when Robby spoke. See more »
During the scene in the bar, we see Spooner drinking a beer before his superior sits down to join him. At this time the bar-tending robot says, "Your Second Round,Sir"(Confirmed by Subtitles) and sets down two more beers for Spooner and the lieutenant. But when Spooner goes to pay for the beers the tally shows '2 BEERS' $46.50. This is simply a tell of the character in that he offered to pay for the lieutenant's beer, but never actually intended to. See more »
Instead of opening credits, the beginning of the movie features Isaac Asimov's 3 Laws of Robotics: LAW I. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. LAW II. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. LAW III. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. See more »
If you've read the book, the movie will disappoint
I read 'I,Robot' 1950), by Isaac Asimov, before watching the movie. That was a mistake. I had the naive notion that identical titles means at least similar story lines. How wrong I was. Well, to be fair, there were robots in both. The movie plays like someone dropped a the scripts from Dirty Harry, Attack of the Zombies, and Idiocracy into a blender and hit puree. You've got a rogue, marginally unstable cop, an endless army of identical enemies, and a future that does not looks so bright. Sure, the CG and special effects are good but beyond that there's not much substance. Stick with the book. Unlike the movie, it has a message that will last.
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