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Post Has anyone seen "I, Robot"?
I enjoyed the Robot books, so when the film came out, I was determined not to see it.
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The book bears approximately the same relationship to the movie as Jonathan Livingston Seagull does to Angry Birds Rio.


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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.

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I thought Will Smith was in it.


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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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