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Back on Tuesday, C. and I celebrated cheap movie night by seeing I, Robot. I hadn't thought I would want to see it, based on the preview; but then I heard that the director had done Dark City, that the movie was much better than the preview, and had additional information about it from wakarusa which helped me decide that I might be up to seeing it after all.

As theengineer had promised, one of the evening's highlights was in the preview for Resident Evil: Apocalype - because most of the preview shows Toronto city hall getting blown up, which was really quite entertaining, especially to see it being done at the heart of an action-adventury-horror-suspense flick. There were shots from a distance. There were details shots. There were shots of the main character running down the side of city hall. I won't be seeing the movie, but the preview was well worth it! I've seen New York and Tokyo destroyed in movies more times than I can count, but this is the first time I've seen parts of Toronto wiped out in a movie universe.

The movie itself was okay. It wasn't great; it wasn't terrible. The first five minutes, however, were not promising, for in that brief space of time, Will Smith sighs alot, has an awkward-looking nude shower scene, and there are two heavy-handed product placements. In the name of titillation and equality, the movie also later had a shower scene with the female lead.

I haven't read the book since a very long time ago, so I can't compare. The movie had a plot which made sense, it was coherent, there were plenty of action sequences, a refreshing lack of obvious romance, and some unexpected sequences I somewhat liked, such as a the destruction of the house. I didn't like all the vertigo-inducing shots of the protracted final battle on top of a very, very high place with a great deal of falling and almost-falling. The movie engaged me, but I can't say I had much invested in its characters. It was reasonably entertaining.

I frequently neglect to post movie reviews, but this one I promised to zero_gravity, who I ran into en route to the movie.

I saw Shaolin Soccer last week with a whole slew of friends. Go see it! It was delightful, wonderful, fun, and engaging. We laughed and applauded. It's one of the most fun movies I've ever seen. What's not to like about a movie which is about magical kung-fu soccer players flying over the heads of their competitors and where the goalie can throw the ball into the goal at the other end of the field - and yet they still face still competition to make it to the finals of the competition they're in and face off against Team Evil?

In unrelated book news: Diana Wynne Jones has a new Chrestomanci book coming out in the spring!!! It's called Conrad's Fate.


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Jul. 24th, 2004 09:43 pm (UTC)
review of I Robot


So, I just re-read I, Robot.. and huh.. it has nothing to do with the movie.
So I racked my brain, trying to remember, because the plot for I robot (the movie) was really familiar to me. And now I remember, except for the end (trying not to post a spoiler) which doesn't belong in any Asimov book but is what he was pointing to as a possible inevitable conclusion of the 3 laws.
The movie is based on Steel Cavern which is the 2nd Robot series book, which is actually about R. Daneel killing someone, I forget who, might have been his creator. I have to re-read it, but the basic jist is that the Daughter of the guy who invented Positronic brains and the 3 laws, added a 0th law. Which reads exactly like Rule 1, except replaces the word Human with Humanity. Detective Spooner is in that one, and he's the investigating officer. To make a long story short, if I remember semi correctly R Daneel desides that robots are bad for Humanity and decides to take an active roll.
For the Foundation nerd in all of us, R Daneel is also the exact same Robot that has his personality transfered into the brain of that hermaphodite who is brain dead in Foundation and Earth.

I Robot the book, is actually a reporter talking to Dr Calvin when she retires from US Robotics at the ripe old age of 82. And she tells him 4 maybe 5 different tales over the years of different robots. The very first Robot nanny, the first talking robot, the first robot who discovers religion, a robot who goes mad because of the 2nd and 3rd rule equilibrium. The very first Hyperspace jump ship, *created by Viki, who is actually a child like mentality and probably male*. The one and only telepathic robot. And a politician who may or maynot have been a robot. A very cool read, but huh. nothing to do with the Movie.

Jul. 25th, 2004 08:33 am (UTC)
Re: review of I Robot
Thank you! I've been really wondering what the plot of the book was, since I haven't seen reference to it in the reviews I've read. I read all the Robot and Foundation books about 15 years ago, so their collective story blurs together for me at this distance.

Your comment was very, very helpful.

I can understand why they went with the title though: I, Robot is a much catchier title than Steel Cavern, especially for what plot they did present.
Jul. 25th, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC)
this is the first time I've seen parts of Toronto wiped out in a movie universe.

LOL!!! People in the rest of the country are salivating. of course I was born there, but I don't admit it frequently ... ;)
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