Monday, July 19, 2004

Isaac Asimov - How I, Robot gets the science-fiction grandmaster wrong. By Chris Suellentrop: "The movie takes the exact opposite approach and thereby betrays Asimov's vision. It elevates feeling and emotion over reason as a tool to determine the right moral decisions. Will Smith's character, Del Spooner, sneers at robots as 'slaves to logic.' When another character pleads, 'Whatever you feel, just think,' the audience is meant to take his preference for reason over sentiment as a sign of his villainy. And when the main antagonist outlines the Dastardly Plan unveiled during the film's climax, the villain defends the treachery by asserting, 'My logic is undeniable.'"

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