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I. Robot [Aug. 26th, 2004|12:19 am]
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I am sure I was the only 10-year-old girl in Davis, California, who knew who Isaac Asimov was. See, I was a tomboy as a kid. But I wasn't a super-athletic tomboy...oh, no...I was a tomboy geek. I'd read volumes of science fiction by the time I got to high school.

Oh, yeah, was I ever popular.

So of course I had to see I, Robot at some point. And yes, it's an interesting movie, and it's worth seeing...but if Isaac Asimov were alive to see it, he'd probably want to kill himself.

Doesn't make it a bad movie...but it's got very little to do with the Three Laws of Robotics.

Will Smith plays himself in this mixture of The Matrix, Spider-man, Men in Black and just a dash of E.T. (you'll see...thrust me). Bridget Moynahan is the brainy chick. And James Cromwell barely phones in a performance as The Dead Scientist Guy.

But the best part about this film is Chicago...Chicago, 2035. It's got recognisable bits, like the Sears Tower, and new, taller buildings (like US Robotics headquarters, which dwarfs the Sears Tower). It's fascinating to see FutureChicago. Oddly enough, that was my favourite part of another Asimov-inspired bomb, The Bicentennial Man. Good story, decent cast...and yet, bupkus. But it shows the projected evolution of San Francisco...which is worth sitting through the movie to see. For some reason, Isaac Asimov inspires poor-to-average movies with amazing theories about the future of cities.

My favourite Asimov story is The Ugly Little Boy. I would love to see it made into a film someday...

...I think.
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[User Picture]From: tarpo
2004-08-26 05:02 am (UTC)
I personally thought it was a harmless, fun, beautifully made summer movie.. But then.. I don't have the same violent reaction to the fact its called I, Robot that some fans do.. I pretty much thought it was the best of the summer throwaway movies.. and another chance to show that Will Smith has an awesome screen presence just by showing up..
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From: drewberry4
2004-08-26 05:21 am (UTC)
I've actually heard that there was a book called I, Robot that came out before Asimov's version, and that is what the plot is mostly taken from. I cannot remember the name of the author though, since he allegedly gets no recognition for his book. Poo.

Let me do a search.

OK I can't find anything so maybe I'm full of shit, but I swear I read it.

I did find stuff saying how the movie didn't even start out as I,Robot, it started out as a completely different screen play. *shrug*
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-08-26 11:46 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-08-26 01:06 pm (UTC)
Well, little Harlan has always been the bad boy of SF...I read something he wrote once, some sort of thing where he rambled on about his opinions of Science Fiction and the world in general (this was years ago), and all I really remember of it was that, basically, he thought that 99% of the people in the world were utter and complete idiots...compared to him, of course...
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-08-26 01:40 pm (UTC)
Heh...Isn't he something like 5'6"?

Napoleon, much?
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From: madbaker
2004-08-26 02:21 pm (UTC)
That's Noted Futurist Harlan Ellison!
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From: madbaker
2004-08-26 06:35 pm (UTC)
I see them as a microcosm of what's wrong with his personality... overbearing, pompous, and pretentious. But with some underlying talent.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-08-26 06:44 pm (UTC)
Well, hell.

You just described the Yankees.
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From: drewberry4
2004-08-26 03:01 pm (UTC)
Yes!! Eando Binder! There we go. No wonder I didn't remember that name, geez.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-08-26 01:44 pm (UTC)
I liked Bicentennial Man, too...but I'm not sure if it's just because of the whole FutureSanFran...but I adored the Fort Point Market, and just loved the evolution of the Golden Gate Bridge.

But then, too...that's why I like Star Trek and why Star Trek IV: The Journey Home is my all time favourite Trek film.
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[User Picture]From: jumbach
2004-08-26 03:50 pm (UTC)
Have you ever read his two-volume autobiography? Excellent.
I read it when I was around ten.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2004-08-26 04:06 pm (UTC)
No...bt when I was about ten, I read his Treasury of Humour...that book made a lasting impression on me, and I discovered it after reading a bunch of his short stories...
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