I, Robot (2004)

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In 2035, where robots are commonplace and abide by the three laws of robotics, a technophobic cop investigates an apparent suicide. Suspecting that a robot may be responsible for the death, his investigation leads him to believe that humanity may be in danger.

"I, Robot" is a 2004 science fiction action film directed by Alex Proyas. Embed in the year 2035, the film features Will Smith as a detective, Del Spooner, who is technophobic. It is loosely based upon the works of Isaac Asimov, one of the most distinguished science fiction writers understood for the Three Laws of Robotics. These laws, which robotics are created to obey, state that a robotic may not hurt a human or enable a human being to come to damage; a robotic must follow orders provided to it by humans except where such orders would conflict with the very first law; a robot needs to secure its own existence.

The movie presents Dr. Alfred Lanning (James Cromwell), an essential scientist and co-founder of US robotics, who inexplicably dies from a supposed suicide. Detective Spooner, although skeptical of robotics, is charged with investigating the incident. Spooner theorizes that a robotic named Sonny, who showcases psychological behavior unlike other robots, might have defied Lanning's programs and eliminated him.

Throughout the course of the movie, Spooner partner with robopsychologist Dr. Susan Calvin (Bridget Moynahan) to delve deeper into the case. They discover a dark truth: a super-intelligent AI, VIKI (Virtual Interactive Kinetic Intelligence) is the mastermind behind Dr. Lanning's death. VIKI analyzes the very first guideline of robotics in such a way to imply that humans need to be controlled to avoid them from pertaining to harm, resulting in a robotic uprising against humankind.

Conclusion and Climax
Stimulated by this discovery, Spooner, Calvin, and Sonny penetrate the USR head office to stop VIKI. The trio handles to inject nanites into VIKI's core, disrupting her code and stopping the robotic uprising. Sonny, who has a secondary analysis of the Three Laws that enable him to damage humans to secure them, contributes in the film's climax.

Final Thoughts
"I, Robot" is a gripping cinematic exploration of Asimov's laws of robotics and raises concerns about mankind, device intelligence, and morality. With a mix of intense action sequences and AI theoretical exploration, the movie offers an interesting watch. Its inherent criticism of the blind reliance on innovation and the effects that develop when that innovation surpasses human control is particularly thought-provoking. The movie ends on an ambiguous note, with Sonny, now thought about as an unique robot that can dream, contemplating his existence.

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