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Author:  holmesiv [ Sun Apr 17, 2011 5:38 pm ]
Post subject:  Has anyone seen "I, Robot"?

I enjoyed the Robot books, so when the film came out, I was determined not to see it.
But I'm older now, and I have learned to value the opinions of others.

Author:  PeterScott [ Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:22 am ]
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The book bears approximately the same relationship to the movie as Jonathan Livingston Seagull does to Angry Birds Rio.

Author:  JamesGifford [ Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:50 am ]
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The movie was already greenlighted and (IIRC) in preproduction using an existing script when some bright boy got the idea to pick up the rights to the Asimov material and use it as a final coat of paint.

I suspect it came about in legal, when someone was noticing the inevitable influences and overlaps any such story would have with primal works - buy up some cheap rights, quit trying to come up with a clever name for robot brainery besides "positronic," rename the irrelevant female scientist Susan Calvin and there ya go.

One of the best novels ca. 1970 was filmed reasonably well, then they decided it didn't have enough screen sizzle, so they went back and filmed a nonsensical subplot starring Richard Pryor and released the resulting mess as a Pryor comedy instead of a dry black humor piece akin to MASH. It happens.

Author:  holmesiv [ Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:07 pm ]
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JamesGifford wrote:
The movie was already greenlighted and (IIRC) in preproduction using an existing script when some bright boy got the idea to pick up the rights to the Asimov material and use it as a final coat of paint.

I suspect it came about in legal, when someone was noticing the inevitable influences and overlaps any such story would have with primal works - buy up some cheap rights, quit trying to come up with a clever name for robot brainery besides "positronic," rename the irrelevant female scientist Susan Calvin and there ya go.

One of the best novels ca. 1970 was filmed reasonably well, then they decided it didn't have enough screen sizzle, so they went back and filmed a nonsensical subplot starring Richard Pryor and released the resulting mess as a Pryor comedy instead of a dry black humor piece akin to MASH. It happens.


And that movie was what?

Author:  JamesGifford [ Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:24 pm ]
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holmesiv wrote:
And that movie was what?

Sorry, didn't mean to be cryptic. "Best Defense," based on the excellent, somewhat obscure novel Easy and Hard Ways Out by Robert Grossbach.

The novel is a look at a really twisted Dilbert-like culture fifteen years before "high tech" existed. MASH set among the aerospace industry of the 1960s. Warped my brain with it quite young, reread it at least once a year. Oh, the black, black humor...

Author:  holmesiv [ Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:20 am ]
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JamesGifford wrote:
holmesiv wrote:
And that movie was what?

Sorry, didn't mean to be cryptic. "Best Defense," based on the excellent, somewhat obscure novel Easy and Hard Ways Out by Robert Grossbach.

The novel is a look at a really twisted Dilbert-like culture fifteen years before "high tech" existed. MASH set among the aerospace industry of the 1960s. Warped my brain with it quite young, reread it at least once a year. Oh, the black, black humor...


Sounds good. Wish Amazon's shipping charges weren't so high -- I'd get a copy.

Author:  BillMullins [ Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:19 am ]
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JamesGifford wrote:
so they went back and filmed a nonsensical subplot starring Richard Pryor and released the resulting mess as a Pryor comedy

I think Eddie Murphy is who you mean.

Author:  holmesiv [ Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:16 pm ]
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I thought Will Smith was in it.

Author:  JamesGifford [ Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:04 pm ]
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BillMullins wrote:
I think Eddie Murphy is who you mean.

Right you are. It was whatever annoying comic was the sure-fire hitmaker that year... Fail.

Author:  Blackhawk [ Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:02 am ]
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I enjoyed I, Robot as a decent sci-fi flick but, as others have commented, it has only a loose relationship to Asimov's work. Still, probably a better transfer of the book to screen than was Starship Troopers. It did include and examine (if superficially) themes that were common to Asimov's robot stories.

A joke at the time of the movie's release was that it would have been better titled iRobot.

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