I, Robot No Deep Thinker

Near the beginning of his classic 1950 novel I, Robot, Isaac Asimov laid out the three commandments governing robot behavior: Thou shall not allow harm to come to a human, thou shall obey humans, thou shall protect thyself.
Hollywood blockbusters have their own set of rules, too: Drop in little commercials for products whenever you can, replace meaningful dialogue with witty repartee, build lots of fight scenes, end happily (by saving the world, if budget permits) and dilute any brainy stuff.
In the movie version of I, Robot, Hollywood’s rules rule. Asimov fans and others who like their sci-fi on the chewy side will probably revolt — the essence of the book is gone. But the average popcorn muncher will appreciate I, Robot — it’s a good example of why the blockbuster formula works. It’s funny, has a chilly, blue visual style (the robots look like the clamshell iBooks) and moves fast.

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