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I, Robot

Pretty to look at but not much under the hood, this Isaac Asimov- based futuristic murder mystery takes place in 2035 when robots are an everyday appliance until one particular model comes under suspicion for murdering its creator Dr. Alfred Lanning (James Cromwell). Will Smith plays Detective Del Spooner a firebrand police officer suspicious of the fallibility of robots in spite of the laws that direct them. Asimov's three laws state that "a robot can't hurt a human or allow a human to be hurt; a robot must obey a human's orders unless they conflict with the first law; a robot must protect its own existence as long as it doesn't conflict with the first or second law." The film's impressive visual spectacle can't disguise its shallow dialogue and lacking narrative arc. Special features include Spanish and French language or subtitles, commentary tracks by Alex Proyas with screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, or with Production Designer Patrick Tatopoulos with Editor Richard Learoyd, or Composer Marco Beltrami, a 4-hour interactive movie about the world of "I-Robot," production diaries, three featurettes, and deleted scenes and an alternative ending. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1, with sound reproduced in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. (Movie - Three Stars, DVD features - Four Stars) Rated PG-13, 114 mins. (20th Century Fox)

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