Hollywood has been making a ton of movies based on books these days. Even when the movie is really good, like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it still falls far short of the book. This isn’t because the movies could have been improved, for LOTR was very good, but an inherent failure in the ability to represent a book as a video/audio narrative.
Anyways, ‘I,Robot’:http://imdb.com/title/tt0343818/ takes a great book, throws out just about everything, then rips it’s arms off and beats it with the bloody stumps to make sure nothing is left of Asimov’s ideas and proceeds to make the standard Hollywood movie. Ironically, Asimov was portraying exactly the opposite of what this movie does.
The basic plot of the movie is: Man builds robot, robots try to take over world. -Man- Wisecracking smartaleck plus beautifull chick destroy robot. The End. One of the main reasons Asimov started writing robot stories was because he hated this cliche. At the least the movie should have been titled something instead, instead of fooling millions of Asimov fans that this movie has any connection to his writings.
As for the movie itself, it’s just typical Hollywood fare, good mindless mayhem with all the physics thrown out. The best review of the film:
bq. “A real missed opportunity – a potentially groundbreaking film reduced to a mess fit only for the slack-jawed mallrats that it is being aimed…”
>> ‘Peter Sobczynski’:http://www.criticdoctor.com/petersobczynski/irobot2004.html