I, Robot [2004] [PG-13] - 3.5.4

 
 

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Sci-fi thriller ostensibly suggested by Isaac Asimov's ideas of a near-future world where sophisticated, benign robots are ubiquitous household items that everyone trusts. Will Smith stars as a homicide detective who alone believes that a robot may have perpetrated a crime, and robots are sinister and ultimately a threat to humans. Also with Bridget Moynahan, James Cromwell, Bruce Greenwood and Alan Tudyk. Directed by Alex Proyas. [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman touches scars on a man's shoulder and chest (it's more of an exam than a sexual act). A man talks about a woman being "agreeable," and a man tries to flirt with a woman. A man showers in the nude in one scene revealing his bare buttock in profile. A woman showers and we see her form through a fog-covered glass shower door. A man lies in bed in his underwear in a couple of scenes revealing bare chest and legs.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man rides in a car traveling at high speeds, two robot transports surround the car, a robot jumps onto the car, punching out the windshield, the man shoots the robot, it falls off the car, and other robots jump onto the car causing it to swerve; the man continues to shoot, robots fall off the car, one is pinned against the wheel of the transport and we see it flailing as it is crushed, while another is trapped under the wheel of the transport and we see it being torn apart and then crushed. A car flips and slides on its roof until it slams into a wall, a man comes out of the car with blood on his head, as well as pouring from his mouth. A robot shoves a car toward a man trying to crush him, the robot picks the man up and throws him into a wall, spins him around in the air and throws him, and the man picks up a metal pole and tries to hit the robot; the robot hits the man in the arm (we see the skin on his arm open). A man walks through a deserted house, a cat startles him, a "demolition" robot gears up outside and begins to tear the house down, while the man and the cat are still inside; the man runs, trying to dodge debris and the metal claws of the robot, the floor falls out from under him, he runs, he shoots his gun at a door, kicks it open, grabs the cat and jumps to safety (we see the man with blood on his head later). A robot is strapped into a chair, a cover is opened over its "brain," a device with many needles approaches its head, we see the injection of nannites, the robot jerks and flinches, its hand falls limp, its eyes close and we watch the brain die (it turns from a glowing blue to black). Nannites are injected into a robot brain, we see the brain dying, there are explosions and we hear a scream. A man walks through a laboratory with his gun drawn, a robot jumps out of a pile of mechanical parts, grabs a gun and holds it on the man and a woman. A robot jumps out of a window, the man shoots it, the robot falls to the ground and runs (we see droplets of what looks like quicksilver on the ground). Many robots climb the side of a building, break the glass roof and attack a man and a woman; the man shoots several robots, the woman is knocked off a high walkway and falls, and a man jumps, grabs onto cables and slides down. A man's body lies on the floor with a pool of blood around his head, and blood trickling from his mouth (we see this a couple of times and see police photos of the body several times). A man lies dead on the floor with large gashes on his neck (we see him a few times). Two robots fight, and one is cut in half by a security field. A robot tackles another robot and they fight with martial arts moves, one has its arm broken (we hear a crack) and its head crushed (we hear a squish and see a spark). A robot punches through another robot's head and pulls out circuitry (we hear a squish). A robot grabs a young man by the throat, a man shoots the robot, a robot grabs a man by the throat, and a woman shoots the robot. A man holds a gun to several robots' heads and shoots one (we see sparks fly and it crumples to the ground). Also a gun is held to a woman's head. Robots destroy other robots, tearing them apart and leaving parts strewn on the ground. One robot is shown pulling itself along the ground (it's missing its legs) and it grabs onto a man's leg. A large group of humans with weapons march toward a large group of robots, they charge and fight: we see sticks being swung we see robots being shot, and we see humans thrown through the air. Robots crash through the doors of a police department, officers shoot at robots, and robots beat and throw officers through the air. We see a room full of injured people with bloody scratches and bruises. We hear about nannites and how they destroy robotic brains. A robot shoves a woman into a chair, the robot is shot in the head repeatedly, we see sparks fly and its head tips. We hear that a man killed himself by jumping through the window of an office building. A man dreams (in a few scenes) about being trapped in a car under water, we see a young girl pounding on the car window, and a robot breaks a window and pulls one person out. We hear about a car accident where cars are pushed into a river and that the occupants of a car died. A man chases a robot through a room full of robots, the robot grabs the man and throws him into a wall, the robot runs outside the building, tries to climb up the outside wall, it is shot at by the police and wrapped in a net and it falls to the ground. A man chases a robot through streets believing that it has stolen a purse, the man jumps from high stairs onto the ground, tackles the robot and holds it at gunpoint. A man grabs a man's arm and squeezes (we hear crunching) and threatens another man. A man holds a gun to his own head. A robot yells at a man and pounds on a table causing the table to dent. A man yells at a woman, and a man yells at a man. A man slams a stool into a window. A man has scars on his shoulder and chest. We see robots grabbed by large metal grips and taken off streets (they are being replaced by new models). A robot talks about not wanting to die. A man accuses another man of "not liking their kind," referring to robots. People accuse a man of being mentally unstable.

PROFANITY 4 - 13 scatological terms, 9 anatomical terms, 17 mild obscenities, 2 religious profanities, 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Robots, artificial life, human nature, superstition, mistrust of technology, marriage, trust, fear of death, evolution, paranoia, secrets, laws, brilliance, being unique, family, suicide, logic, prejudice, interpretation of rules, conspiracy.

MESSAGE - Freedom means being allowed to find your own way.

(Note: People are shown smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol. The robots have human faces and human sounding voices and are occasionally referred to as "he" and "she" rather than "it.")

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