I Robot: Ava Gerlitz
April 21, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

I, Robot

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
115 minutes
Wide Release Date
07/16/04
performer
Will Smith, James Cromwell, Bruce Greenwood, Shia LaBeouf, Chi McBride, Bridget Moynahan
director
Alex Proyas
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Vintar
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Action Adventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy
We gave it a B-

”I, Robot” is a summer movie we can’t wait to see

RELEASE DATE July 16

WHY WE CAN’T WAIT Because Will Smith, July, and sci-fi go together like a bucket of popcorn, salt, and the stuff that’s supposed to be butter. And because director Alex Proyas wowed us with the unjustly neglected ”Dark City” (1998).

THE PREMISE In 2035, when robots are common, Smith (pictured) is a robot-loathing Chicago detective investigating a murder in which an automaton is the chief suspect. He’s helped by Bridget Moynahan (”The Recruit”) as a shrink specializing in robot psychology.

SOURCE Very loosely inspired by Isaac Asimov’s robot tales, in which robots are supposed to be programmed not to harm humans.

BURNING QUESTION Can Proyas’ team, after a five-month shoot, whip up the majority of the visuals via CGI in nine months of postproduction?

COME FOR Smith’s breezy attitude

STAY FOR Proyas’ somber vision

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