argive99 Posted July 27, 2004 Report Share Posted July 27, 2004 I recently saw 'I Robot' and was very dissapointed. The movie states that it is "suggested by the book 'I Robot' by Isaac Asimov." I have read Asimov's Foundation series years ago and have forgotten essentially all of it. All I remember is that it ends with a sort of merger between his Robot and Foundation books and the ideal world is some sort of environmentalist fantasy where every cell on the planet is linked into some collective consciousness. So I know Asimov can get wacky. But I am curious if he was as anti-technology as this movie would indicate. The theme is something along the lines of what happens if man's creations should become sentient and seek to rule him; ie what happens when a creator's creation seeks to replace its creator. The religous parallel is obvious (for those believing in God). But the movie version goes out of its way to spit at capitalism and business and, IMHO, technology. Was Asimov that bad? I get a sense that he wasn't. But the useful idiots at Hollywood couldn't resist the opportunity to slander business. Students of free market economics will love (sarcasm) Will Smith's (Detecive Spooner) tirade against busisness "squashing the little man." I think they'll also love (more sarcasm) his '2004 retro black Converse Allstars' and everything they represent (hatred of technological progress). The movie has great CGI effects and little more. 'Sonny' the robot was the most appealing and likeable character. That can't be good when a movie's best actor isn't even a SAG member. One last point that will probably raise some eyebrows. I am not a racist that thinks that the movie shouldn't have had a black lead because Asimov didn't write it as such or that a black actor would demean it (in fact I am really looking forward to Denzel in Manchurian Candidate allthough I fear what Hollywood will do to the theme). Far from it. However, there was an ethnic element (in this case Will's 'blackness' allthough thankfully the ebonics was kept at a minimum) to this movie which irritated the hell out of me. There was at least one refference to being black (and mind you the year is 2035), and Will Smith's entire character is a depiction of an angry black man. I may be wrong but I feel that Hollywood, the alleged defender of the oppressed and the underdog, wanted to attract a minority demographic to this film that they thought would not be interested because of the science fiction theme. Therefore they cast Smith and seemingly forced him to be have a major "getto" attitude throughout the whole movie. This contrast between a complicated and serious (even if it is wrong) sci-fi theme and Will Smith's (and the movie's ) blatant "blackenss" killed I Robot for me. Why can't Hollywood concieve of an articulate, dignified elegant black man as a hero. Haven't they seen the success of Sidney Poitiere and Denzel Washington? I am sure there will be members of this forum that will have a different take, but the PC crap in this movie ruined it for me, even more than its anti-technology and anti-capitalism themes. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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