A robotic boy, the first programmed to love, David is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee and his wife. Though he gradually becomes their child, a series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David. Without final acceptance by humans or machines, David embarks on a journey to discover where he truly belongs, uncovering a world in which the line between robot and machine is both vast and profoundly thin.
|Release Date||:||June 29, 2001|
|Genres||:||Drama, Science Fiction, Adventure|
|Production Company||:||DreamWorks SKG, Amblin Entertainment, Stanley Kubrick Productions, Warner Bros.|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Steven Spielberg, Jason Patnode, Ana Maria Quintana, Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, David H. Venghaus Jr.|
|Writers||:||Steven Spielberg, Ian Watson, Brian Aldiss, Philip Keller|
|Casts||:||Haley Joel Osment, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards, Jake Thomas, Jude Law, William Hurt, Robin Williams, Ben Kingsley, Meryl Streep, Chris Rock, Ken Leung, Clark Gregg, Kevin Sussman, Tom Gallop, Eugene Osment, April Grace, Matt Winston, Sabrina Grdevich, Theo Greenly, Michael Mantell, Keith Campbell, Brian Turk, Brendan Gleeson|
|Plot Keywords||:||artificial intelligence, prophecy, prostitute, loss of loved one, android, extraterrestrial technology, ice age, adoption, fairy tale, pinocchio, prosecution, gigolo, hologram, dystopia, alien, robot, destiny, capture, doppelganger|
It is fitting that A.I., Steven Spielberg's monument on film to Stanley Kubrick, is a shoe-in for Best Picture in 2001. A.I. is cinematically beautiful, and tells a wrenching emotional story of a child's quest for maternal love.
In A.I., Spielberg masterfully adopts Kubrick's hard, bare-essentials style of direction, letting the photography tell the story, rather than the dialogue. This style allowed Kubrick to develop an enormous scope of ideas, stories and emotions in his movies. But it often left casual movie goers behind. He had difficulty finding the right treatment for A.I. so he handed the project to Spielberg before Kubrick's death last year.
Spielberg textures A.I. with obvious dollops of his own soft-as-whipped-cream touch. It is Spielberg's great skill that blends the two styles together with mesmerizing results. This blend allows the emotional story of a young robotic boy to come to life, and Kubrick fans will be able to enjoy one last film made by the master -- with the respectful help of another great artist.
The Kubrickian style demands the very best from actors, who must appear unapologetically real, and must, in long sequences with no dialogue, convey strong feelings and emotions. The A.I cast, especially lead actor Haley Joel Osment, meet every measure of the demands. Despite his youth, Osment will surely receive a nomination for Best Actor.
A.I. will rank high among the best movies ever made, but viewers should come prepared for an intense emotional and intellectual work-out. If you want to take in a quick flick to escape life for a couple of hours, this is not your movie. If you want to explore the cinematic depth of a master artist like Spielberg, A.I. will take you places you've never been before.