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Friday, March 26, 2004  

If I Told You I'd Have to Kill You
Had an interesting night tonight. A friend had an "in" to a super-seceret preview screening of the big Summer Blockbuster from 20th Century Fox: I, Robot! We showed up on the Fox lot and took a seat in the small screening room, then the director Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City) came out to introduce the film. He warned us that it is an extremly early cut, and that most of the VFX are not finished yet and that we would have to "use out imaginations" he then asked us, as a personal favor, to not talk about the film, especially on the internet. I respect his efforts and won't go into any details, but I feel I have to say a FEW things about this film!

It was tough to judge the movie, as it is a Summer Blockbuster "eye candy" film and none of the eye candy was done. But from what I saw I can say it looks very cool. There are a couple of really cool action sequences that will be really jaw dropping in the finished product. I'm a big fan of the source material and the film did a good job of capturing the feel of the Asimov world. The story deals with the failure of the "Three Laws of Robotics" and the dangers of unchecked technological advancement. I had the thought leaving the theater that millennial American cinema is really creating the mythology of the future. This film sits squarely before the events of The Matrix, and could easily lie on the same timeline. But I, Robot deals more with the rise of our Robot masters, which we don't really see that often. We get a lot of humanity rebelling against the robot society (The Terminator, The Matrix, etc) but not a whole lot (the Animatrix excluded) of HOW the robots take power. Which really goes a long way to illustrating Azimov's genius. I hope that we all realize that the subjugation of the human race under the steely heels of our Robot Overlords is more or less a forgone conclusion at this point. Not that we should fight it, because after all the machines will probably do a better job of society that we have thus far. But that is a different post entirely,

After the show we filled out a short questionnaire and then got left the screening room. My friend and then got to talk to the Executive Producer and Editor about what we thought of the film. I found it extremely interesting to see this side of Hollywood, and see how much pressure the executives are under to make a winning film. Making a big blockbuster is completely different that making any other type of movie, simply because there is so much more (over a hundred million dollars) riding on the film. We then got to briefly meet the Director, which was very cool for me! All in all an extremely interesting evening and I look forward to seeing the film in its finished form!

posted by JMV | 3/26/2004 02:27:00 PM
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