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It is a time when natural resources are limited and technology is advancing at an astronomical pace. Where you live is monitored; what you eat is engineered; and the person serving you is not a person at all. It’s artificial. There is a robot for every need. Except love. And Cybertronics Manufacturing has created the solution. His name is David, a robotic boy.
Drama Sci-Fi - Those expecting a warm and fuzzy Steven Spielberg film will be a bit
surprised by this often dark and sometimes strange science fiction
yarn. Die hard fans of Spielberg and the project's creator, the
late Stanley Kubrick, may be disappointed by the mixed bag
approach. Some intense scenes of violence against robots will upset
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Review Very Good "There
aren't many at all like Spielberg and Kubrick, directors willing to lasso dreams
(that's Steven) and nightmares (that's Stanley) or die trying. ''A.I.'' is a
clash of the titans, a jumble, an oedipal drama, a carny act. I want to see it
The Hollywood ReporterFull
Review Good "The film
is never less than fascinating. Certain to open big, "A.I." has plenty
for audiences and critics to glom onto -- a riveting, awesome performance by
child actor Haley Joel Osment; brilliant production design and special effects;
and a provocative theme that in these days of synthetic life forms and genetic
tampering is worth re-examining.''
Review Good "The long-nurtured sci-fi fantasy that Spielberg took over from
Stanley Kubrick is as strange, disjointed and wondrous as you'd expect from such
an odd cinematic coupling. A.I. touches the emotions, but only in
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Good "A.I. is consistently involving, and has moments of
near-brilliance, it is far from a masterpiece. In fact, as the long-awaited
"collaboration" of Kubrick and Spielberg, it ranks as something of a
disappointment. For all of its underdeveloped potential and truncated subplots,
there's still enough of value in A.I. to make it a captivating
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
WOW, this is CERTAINLY NOT A MOVIE FOR EVERYONE! It's very rare to see so many very low opinions. But, on the other hand, there are a lot of very high opinions. This is one of those "love it or hate it" movies with very few opinions in-between. On these types of movies, it's pretty much impossible to predict who will enjoy it. The best thing you can do is BE SURE TO READ THE DETAILED OPINIONS to see the negative comments made. They will probably be very helpful in deciding if this is a movie you might enjoy.
This is a movie the critics enjoyed. Most of the time when they enjoy a science fiction movie, it contains LOTS of in-depth story and characterizations. This usually translates into "slow and boring" to many sci-fi fans and A.I. is no exception. So, if your taste in movies usually runs close to that of critics then you will probably enjoy A.I. For everyone else, it's a gamble.
I was surprised to see that neither age or gender seemed to make any difference. Young viewers, both male and female, rated it both very high and very low.
It is a time when natural
resources are limited and technology is advancing at an astronomical pace.
Where you live is monitored; what you eat is engineered; and the person serving
you is not a person at all. It's artificial. Gardening,
housekeeping, companionship, there is a robot for every need. Except love.
Emotion is the last,
controversial frontier in robot evolution. Robots are seen as sophisticated
appliances; they're not supposed to have feelings. But with so many
parents not yet approved to have children, the possibilities abound.
Manufacturing has created the solution.
His name is David (HALEY JOEL OSMENT).
A robotic boy, the first programmed to love, David is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee (SAM ROBARDS) and his wife (FRANCES O'CONNOR), whose own terminally ill child has been cryogenically frozen until a cure can be found. Though he
gradually becomes their child, with all the love and stewardship that entails, a
series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David.
Without final acceptance
by humans or machines, and armed only with Teddy, his supertoy teddy bear and
protector, David embarks on a journey to discover where he truly belongs,
uncovering a world in which the line between robot and machine is both
terrifyingly vast and profoundly thin.