Actors: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about A.I. Artificial Intelligence|
|The movie is about a possible future where artificial intelligence is approaching the realm of human feelings. A young boy/android is given to a couple whose own son suffered a condition that has effectively stopped his life. He's maintained is stasis in the remote hope a cure might be found for what ails him. David (Haley Joel Osmond) is designed and programmed to show unconditional love and then is given to the couple mentioned above. The father is an employee of the company that designed the android. David is brought to their home and the mother meets and sees him for the first time. She has to say several words for the unconditional love to be directed at them but that is admitting her son won't be coming back, a very hard situation. She finally accepts the situation she is in and says the word sequence that actually turns David into the loving son she needs, even if he is just an android. Then, a cure for her son is found and he returns home. The second part of this film starts when she release David into the world because she loves him too much to have him disassembled.
He starts meandering in the night until he meets Mecha (Jude Law), a streetwise android. They are captured in a hunt for stray robots/android by a group who puts on shows concerning these creations, something of a circus that destroy mechanical beings in protest for how the world is turning away from humanity. But David is a unique creation. He can feel and express love, something no other robot is capable of doing. The crowd shows pity and forces the people running the show to let him go. Mecha (Law) goes with him.
David wants to become a real boy so he can go back to his home and have his 'mother' love him. He is taken to this futuristic Atlantic-City-type of place where Mecha says he can get the answer as to who can change him into a real boy. From this point on, the movie develops as a quest of where, how, and who can turn him into what he wants most, a boy. He goes through several points in his quest, ever getting near his goal, Mecha going with him for some of those steps.
--Carlos M. Vazquez, Resident Scholar
|A child robot who doesn't understand his place and what happened to his mother's love, seeks to find a way to regain it. Seeking that to the point of obession, he becomes frozen in ice to be awakened centuries later by strange new robots seeking knowledge of their creators.
--firechild, Resident Scholar
|Global warming has melted the polar ice caps and submerged the coastal cities. Births are strictly limited, and much of the labor of keeping civilization going is performed by extremely human-like robots known as "mecha." Professor Allen Hobby (Hurt), a visionary scientist, wants to take mecha to the next level: a robot that can imprint on humans and learn to love. His corporation builds "David" (Osment), which/who is guardedly accepted by the Swintons, whose real son is in a suspended cryostatic state due to an incurable disease or injury. After mother Monica has learned to accept David, her son makes a miraculous recovery and rejoins his family, and after a series of misunderstandings, Monica abandons the robot boy in the forest (with his mechanical teddy bear). David then undergoes a series of adventures, involving a "Flesh Farm" (where robots are destroyed to the great entertainment of humans), a friendly sex services robot called Gigolo Joe (a wonderful jaunty Law), and the search for some key to making his mother take him back. This 2001 Spielberg project was the end result of 12 years of labor by Stanley Kubrick before he died, inspired by a Brian Aldiss story called "Supertoys Last All Summer Long," with pointed references to the W.B. Yeats poem "The Stolen Child." Robin Williams cameos as the voice of Dr. Know, and Meryl Streep provides the voice of the Blue Mecha. Although this is a visually rich and imaginative film, with many unforgettable images (such as a moon balloon rising over the hill, a child murmuring "Mommy" and toppling off a skyscraper into the ocean), its science and chronology are garbled and the ending is weak.
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|David is the first robot built to love, which poses many problems for him. His "mother" abandons him after her real son comes out of a coma, and David is left to wander the world on his own. He meets Gigolo Joe, a "lover" robot who tells David that he need not worry himself with humans; they don't really care for him. David, whose mother told him the story of "Pinocchio," doesn't listen; he wants to find his own "Blue Fairy" and become a real boy. But is the Blue Fairy real?
--Sean Stangland, Resident Scholar
|A small boy robot tries desperately hard to earn the love of a human mother. In this depiction of humans pitted against robotic androids I was reminded immediately of the sci-fi movies "Blade Runner" and "Terminator," except that in "AI" the robots are not malevolent and are powerless in the grip of the abuse, waste and cruelty of humankind. It is a bleak vision of the future--Man is slowly dying, and hates the sleek, perfect androids that replace the human race. (Despite great performances by all the actors, the teddy bear robot steals the show).
--Barry, Resident Scholar
|An artificial intelligence boy, programed to bond,is supposed to replace missing son. Son returns and AI is no longer needed nor quite fits in and is abandoned. Adventure trying to become human, meets others of his AI culture. Machine boy "outlives" everyone, revived ages later by advanced AI culture archaeologists. Revives essence of his long deceased mother for final good bye.
--Rob, Resident Scholar
|A rather meandering, and uneventful story about a robot-child who is so well, if incompletely programmed that it can act as though it is a loving child. Its unfinished programming as well as a jealous "sibling" cause problems in the family, and the mother decides to return the robot to the factory for disintegration. On the way, she decides that she cannot kill him and abandons him in the woods. As a result the child wanders in search of that which will reunite him with his mother. This story takes a banal plot and makes it worse. The intellectual content is stale and though some of the "scientific" facts (greenhouse flooding the world followed by an ice age where the ocean boundaries do not retreat--sheesh!) are ingenious, they do not invite suspension of disbelief. This movie really needed a dose or two of adrenaline, because in my humble opinion it was DOA.
--John A.M. Darnell, Resident Scholar
|This movie is like pinnochio and relates to Genesis and our need to create Immortal Physical Beings, fear of Death not the main characters but the parent and the need for Motherly/Fatherly Love. The movie reminded me of a cross between What Dreams May Come and Sentenial Man both with Mork & Mindy Star Robin Williams. Uniqueness and individuality and becoming somthing better than one is spiritually/physically.
--James hernon, Resident Scholar
|A robotic boy's dream to become a real life boy ,just like Pinocchio. He set out to a journey to find blue fairy.
--Jenny, Resident Scholar
|In this newage Pinocchio story, Osment plays a boy/robot sent to a family who has a son chryogenicly frozen because of an unknown diesese. A.I is a movie that makes you think if all this could truely possible in the distant future. I think the answer is yes. When this movie begins, all the polar ice caps have melted and flooded many major cities. Robots are becoming more popular but there is a new idea that scientists are beginning to work on. A robot child that can love and possibly be loved by parents who are unable to have a child of their own. After Osment has been programed to love his "mother", their non-mecha son has been healed of his diesese. This leads to many mishaps between David (Osment) and the real boy. The parents basicly have to send the robot for destruction because of the things that have been happening. Instead, the mother leaves him in the forest to live alone instead of being destroyed. This is where David meets Gigalo Joe the mecha male prostitute. After a horrible incident at a so called "Flesh Fair" the both eventually escape. David was read the story of Pinnochio by his mother and belives that if he finds the "Blue fairy", he will turn into a real boy and thus be loved by his mother. I recommend anyone who is a fan of either Speilberg or the late Stanley Kubrick to go and see this movie. It is a splendid tale of how things just might be in the future and examine how the events in the movie can be curoiously somewhat the same as our world in this day and age.
--dino, Resident Scholar
|A variation of the Pinnochio tale, David (Haley Joel Osment) is a robot programmed to feel love. After his parents abandon him, he begins a quest to become a real boy to gain his mother's love.
--Ryan Zane, Resident Scholar
|In the future the polar ice caps have melted flooding coast lines around the world, births are limited, and the world is relying on robots as an alternative to humans since they don't take up valuable resources. One robot company decides to produce a robot that can do a number of things current robots can't do, such as love. The Swinton family decides to try this robot, named David(Haley Joel Osment)as an alternative son because their current son is frozen as a cure is found for a sickness he has. After a few mistakes which the family sees as a threat to them, they leave David alone to fend for himself, which leads him on a journey to return to his former family and to find his place.
--Will Dame, Resident Scholar
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Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzle - 40.8%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 49.2%
**Fantasy or Science Fiction?**
- science fiction story
Robots & Computers & VR
- robot/computer seeks enlightenment
- Robot, genderless
- a kid
- brunette (Brown)
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- soggy whimpering jelly muffin
- Smarter than most other characters
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Black)
- average build (man)
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- general circumstances
- medium future 22-24th century
Takes place on Earth?
Kind of city
- Dirty, crime-ridden (like NY)
- Beautiful sparkling advanced city
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Tone of movie
- Occasional swearing
Kinds of F/X
- exotic big cities
Is this movie based on a
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