Mark Atwood (fallenpegasus) wrote,
Mark Atwood
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My review of the "I, Robot" movie

The movie, surprisingly, did not actually suck badly.

I couldn't help but recall that Mr Asimov had, in the background of several of his Robots stories, had no less than two "superbrain takeover of human government" in the past, and seemed to be somewhat approving of it.

The writers actually did come up with a respectful and plausible Three Laws workaround. I had first heard of "First Law Freezeout" when reading the commentary to "The Evolution of the Prime Intellect", and it's one of those things that is so obvious in retrospect that it's glaring lack on rereading the old stories really lessens them.

The movie could actually have been based on an Asimov novela, tarted up a bit with some shower scenes, some gunplay, and a car chase. Pity that the good doctor never actually wrote it, it would have been decently good.

And wasn't that scene with all the robots looking towards the one lone figure under a ruined bridge over dry land, some old classic SF novel cover? It looked *so* familiar.
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