DVD - Image A Sound A+ Extras C
DVD (CE) - Image A Sound A+ Extras B-
starring Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Greenwood, James Cromwell
screenplay by Jeff Vintar and Akiva Goldsman
directed by Alex Proyas
by Walter Chaw Alex Proyas makes movies about men who don't know who they are. The Crow, Dark City, and, to an extent, his underachieving small-band-doesn't-make-good dramedy Garage Days, feature main characters forced to come to terms with their identities before becoming empowered by them. It would appear, then, that Proyas is the perfect fit for the faux-philosophical science-fiction epic I, Robot, wherein a Luddite detective played by Will Smith struggles with his stupid past while an Aryan robot played by Alan Tudyk wonders if it's a person. But instead of the existential grief of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, or even A.I., I, Robot is a mess of spare parts cannibalized from superior models and victimized by bad wiring. Poor Isaac Asimov is sparking in his grave--good thing the movie was only "suggested by a book by," which at some point simply means "has the same title as."