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Director Steven Spielberg's A.I. propels you into a future of astounding technology and adventure beyond the human imagination in an extraordinary film the New York Observer hails as a "masterpiece" and Rolling Stone applauds as "unmistakably the work of a real filmmaker." In a future world of runaway global warming and awe-inspiring scientific advances, humans share every aspect of their lives with sophisticated companion robots called Mechas. But when an advanced prototype robot child named David (Haley Joel Osment) is programmed to show unconditional love, his human family isn't prepared for the consequences. Suddenly, David is on his own in a strange and dangerous world. Befriended by a streetwise Mecha (Jude law), David embarks on a spectacular quest to discover the startling secret of his own identity. Celebrated as a film "filled with visual wonders and astonishing special effects..." (Roger Ebert & Roeper), A.I. Artificial Intelligence is a visionary motion picture triumph!
The Robots of A.I.
Special Visual Effects and Animation: ILM
The Sound and Music of A.I.
Steven Spielberg: Our Responsibility to Artificial Intelligence
Trailers: 2 Theatrical Trailers HD
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Spielberg gives us "AI" wrapped in sugar. A very lovable device and utterly disposable upon a whim. Now what does the device do? Follows it's own dream. Could be retitled: "Adventures of An Intelligent Machine."
As others have said, at its heart, a rather dark film, a child's worst nightmare. At the very end it gives a "happy ending". The film surprised me somewhat in that it turned into a sci-fi film in the order of a world set way in the future and aliens coming to earth. I had thought it was all going to take place just with humans and robots in the not-too-distant future. The film may lose some people who are not into that far-out theory of what the future will hold, or how dismal it will look, really. The film's main value for me was exploring the ethics and consequences of when we try to give a machine feelings.
and is very predictable but well executed. Haley Joel is a child star to watch as he gets older. Super Ted, the animatronic teddybear is the real star of the film. His antics and mannerisms are scene stealers. I liked him so much I bought two of the robotic Super Teds from Hasbro!!! If you like fairytales, then get this DVD for all the extras on the 2nd disk. If you're prone to crying at sad endings, have a box of Kleenex with you when you watch it. You want to grab onto the screen and take the teddybear right into your arms. The acting is very good and this wide screen edition is the best way to view it since nothing will be "chopped off" the edges and excluding some of the great background scenery. It's a nice addition to any collector of special effects films. This is classified as science fiction, but it is more of fantasy than fiction. Enjoy!!
This is an adult movie with adult themes, and Kubrick fans (I count myself in that number) need to remember that Stanley desperately wanted this story told, and realized that Spielberg was the director up to the task.
What this movie attempts is a close look at who we are as human beings- what drives us, how we respond to intimacy and love, the extent to which we are driven by our fears, the disposable nature of our relationships, how love can bring incredible happiness and almost unbearable pain. These are not trivial subjects, nor ones that are necessarily comfortable to examine. The film succeeds in this exploration primarily due to the flawless, gut-wrenchingly emotional performances of Haley Joel Osment as the mechanical child and Frances O'Connor as his adoptive mother. The scenes in which these two fine actors appear are riveting.
The middle section of the movie has David cast off into the unprotected "real" world where mechs are both loved (at least physically) and despised. It is through this violent and inhuman world he must find his way back home, and he ostensibly emulates his quest based on the Pinocchio story he heard his mother read to him-he believes must become "a real boy" in order to reunite with his mother. While much of this part of the film works well (the Flesh Fair, where robots are destroyed to the howling enjoyment of the crowd is very well done), it is here that the film takes a brief, and unfortunate, turn to the Wizard of Oz for its thematic elements. Don't get me wrong- I love the Wizard of Oz. But the parallels are so vivid that I half expected to see a signpost in the woods saying, "I'd turn back if I were you." The trip into Rouge City (Oz), with Gigolo Joe (the nimble scarecrow), to see Dr. Know (the Wizard), is the movie's weakest point. Rouge City feels too cramped (it was created on a sound stage), and is too glitzy to be believable as a red light district. One has the feeling that Kubrick would have played it much grittier, more down and dirty with this location.
That said, the film rights itself almost immediately, and the remainder of the film has beautiful, haunting images, and a very touching conclusion, as a long lost David is finally found by the only remaining inhabitants of the planet- artificial life forms like himself. The honesty and respect the cyborgs show toward David is moving, in much the same way the cyborg Data (from Star Trek, TNG) was often used to portray the ideals of human nature more purely than his human counterparts could achieve.
The film itself is visually stunning, as one would expect from a Spielberg production. The set designs and art direction are impeccable (especially the family home which is future oriented but still comfortable and warm, and the partially submerged New York in the later part of the film is beautifully recreated by ILM); the music by John Williams adds emotional depth without being intrusive; and the robot characters are vividly and seamlessly realized.
I recommend this film for its visual impact, its willingness to tackle interesting adult themes, and its outstanding performances.
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