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DVD Reviews: I, Robot                                                                    Genre: Science Fiction

The Final Say!

Review Score
Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: November 2004
Distributed by:
20th Century Fox





I always wanted to see this movie, from the time I saw the first trailer for the cinemas however never got around to it. What I can say to the rest of you who were sitting back wondering, is buy it, buy it, buy it! This is simply a stand out movie that everyone who watches it will get something out of.

Placed in the future, everyone has a robot that assists them in their day to day chores. The robots are very humanoid in appearance and are pre programmed with three non negotiable rules:

Law 1: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.  

Law 2: A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the first law.  

Law 3: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second law.  

Things seem to be good in the future, until you meet Detective Spooner (played by Will Smith), who seems to be one very paranoid individual. He's convinced that the robots are a problem and not to be trusted. When an old friend involved in the robotics program passes away, everyone thinks suicide, Spooner sees it as a homicide and commences his investigation. What follows is a game of cat and mouse and a race against the clock to find out what is really going on before it is too late.

What follows is a simply stunning movie filled with humour, morals and such a tightly scripted plot that I was riveted right until the very end. To be honest, whilst a fan of Will Smith, I was a bit unsure as to what would actually transpire during the actual movie, and to say that at the end I was highly, highly impressed would be an understatement.

Even though this is an action sci-fi flick, there are so many parts to it that for me to say too much will give bits away that will detriment your overall enjoyment of the movie in it's entirety. I must confess that with a movie incorporating so much CGI that there was never really a moment that I doubted the reality of what I was watching. Maybe I was just too busy enjoying it, however I didn't ever really notice anything in terms of faults with anything computer generated that made me think that it was not real.

Visually, this flick is eye candy from the start to the very finish, every part of it is a real treat to your eyes. There are no visible transfer problems that I could detect and everything that you can revel in from a quality sense of the whole thing.

Audio also is absolutely stunning with everything being thrown at you, but always to the benefit of the film. There is a complete usage of all channels with the soundtrack fitting all parts of the film perfectly but never being overbearing.

With this two disc release there are a plethora of extras for you to chew through and I must say that I found the entire lot of them well worth watching as they've been really well planned as opposed to being an afterthought for DVD. That's the beauty of newer releases, as they deliberately make the extras for the DVD as opposed to cobbling together stuff that is just found. There are extensive interviews, documentaries and makings of featurettes. There are also a number of side splitting moments during the featurettes that show the stars and cast goofing about, including a hilarious moment where Will Smith pretends to be drunk and wants Alex Proyas (the director) sacked!

Make sure you get this DVD as I do thoroughly recommend it as a genuinely fantastic movie that is packed full of highly entertaining bonus material. Top flight entertainment!

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