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#06 A.I. Artificial Intelligence

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Starring Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law

Yay! I finally made it to the A’s….I was a little worried starting this movie. It’s a movie I’ve seen maybe 2 times, I remember it being really long, and (gasp!) I have a full screen edition. (Really, I don’t understand why they make movies in full screen.) Luckily I was in a pretty lazy mood when I started watching it so I didn’t have any distractions. I also didn’t remember much at all from this movie so it was kind of like seeing it for the first time.

This movie has three distinct acts which all have a very different tone. It begins with a couple who have a very sick boy who has to be kept in some sort of oxygen chamber at the “hospital. ” It’s a few years into the future so naturally the wealthy family has one of the robot companies make them a robot child to take the place of their sick child. Robots are everywhere, but nobody has ever made a child robot. This child robot was made to love. No robot has ever been made to love. Robots are made to do chores, whether it be hard labor, housecleaning or the… umm, sexual ones. This first act deals with the robot child, David, being integrated into this family and learning what it is to be a child. He begins to love his mother and wants to spend all his time with her. Things seem wonderful, that is until the sick child, Martin, gets better and comes home. He sees David as nothing but a supertoy, but David wants to fit in and be a real boy. He falls in love with the story of Pinocchio and dreams of meeting the blue fairy so he can be real and his mother can truly love him.  With Martin back,  jealousy and a few misunderstandings cause the mother to decide to get rid of him. So instead of giving him back to the manufacturer, where they would destroy him, she leaves him in the middle of the woods so he can continue to “live” and join the rest of the robots. This ends the first act.

Between the bad acting from the parents (really? Spielberg couldn’t get anyone better?) and the dated cheesy dialogue, I have to say the first act was tough to get through.  These were clearly bad parents who should never have gotten a robot child. But of course it was all just a set up for the journey. Now starts the 2nd act.

Of course as soon as his mother leaves him in the forest, the robot haters are there to pick up any robot they can find and bring them to the Flesh Fair. This is where proud humans come to drink, celebrate life and watch the “evil” robots be shredded, ripped apart and doused in acid. David of course is picked up with a bunch of other robots but since the crowd has never seen a child robot before, they decide to let him go even though they know he’s a robot. David ends up saving the life(?) of the handsome Jude Law robot and they go on a journey to find the blue fairy.  This whole scene is just there to show off some special effects. Once they learn where the blue fairy is, they head off to Man-hattan, which is now mostly underwater. End of 2nd act.

This one was certainly more entertaining, but as I mentioned before it was really just there to show off a lot of special effects. I kinda wish the first act was a little shorter so we could have spent more time here.

Now for the last act. Once he gets to Manhattan he meets his creator who did some extra work to make sure David found him. David learns that while he is special, he is not unique. He is the first of his kind but just one of many. His creator truly loves him, but David just wants to love his Mom. He gets freaked out and ends up jumping off the building into the water. This is where he finally ends up seeing the Blue Fairy. Deep down in the water he sees a statue of the blue fairy from Pinocchio. He gets next to her and continues to pray to become a real boy….2000 years later. !?! A new ice age has come and all humans are gone. Aliens are now checking out the planet to learn about the human spirit. Even though Davids mother is long gone, the aliens have special abilities so they grant David a day with his mother so they can continue to use his memories to study humans. So in the end, David gets the love from his mother and everyone is happy.

I think when this first came out I liked it more because I was younger and thought I was supposed to like because the acclaim. I do like it more than I dislike it but I think it lacks a lot of mystery and well, intelligence. There is too much heart and not enough brain. It doesn’t help that the movie is at least 30 minutes too long and I also feel that each act was filmed by a different director in a different decade.

5.5/10

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-Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law both did a great job at being a robot, yet acting as human as possible.

-I always forget the voice cameos from Chris Rock, Robin Williams and Meryl Streep.

– The robot with no skin but her face was my favorite.

-So far, this is the first movie I’ve reviewed to be nominated for an Oscar, but it did not win any.

-Up next…Across the Universe.

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