In The Armchair

I, Robot

Posted in Movies and Entertainment by Armchair Guy on June 6, 2007

Isaac Asimov was one of the greatest science fiction writers ever. His stories are cerebral and don’t lend themselves to easy film adaptation. So the one movie that was based on his book “I, Robot” should have done justice to his work.

As a movie, I, Robot is not bad. Not great, but not bad. What makes it really bad is that it makes a complete mockery of Asimov’s concepts. The entire body of Asimov’s writing on robots was about robots being no threat to humans. Asimov strove to negate the Frankenstein complex unleashed by Mary Shelley. But the movie takes his concept of the Three Laws of Robotics and completely turns them around. The entire movie is about how robots are a menace.

Very saddening.

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