Saturday, July 17, 2004

I, Robot and the betrayal of Isaac Asimov

Slate looks at Isaac Asimov and how I, Robot gets the science-fiction grandmaster wrong. They do a good job of articulating the essential meaning of Asimov's work and how the movie betrays it. In short, Asimov hoped to promote reason over emotion, to show that robots could make not only mathematical choices well, but moral ones as well. The movie, on the other hand, aims to put emotion over reason and show how evil the unemotional robots are.
It's too bad. I expected so much from Alex Proyas after Dark City. But that's what Hollywood does.

1 comment:

Joel said...

"But that's what Hollywood does."
Yup...unless there was money to be made in following a book faithfully (e.g., Harry Potter, etc.)