I, Robot: Mankind NEVER
by The Maven and The
Smith saves the world yet again! This time it’s from
deranged robots. This high-tech thriller starts out in
the year 2035, with Detective Del Spooner, played by
Will (Men in Black, Ali), a robot-phobic, dedicated,
relentless, paranoid (with good reason) cop. Spooner is
requested to investigate an alleged suicide/murder of
beloved Dr. Alfred Lanning, played by James Cromwell
(Space Cowboys), who works at U.S. Robotics, as head of
research. To everyone’s surprise, the trouble all begins
when a unique, human-like robot named Sonny appears to
be the prime suspect in the investigation. The plot
thickens when Lawrence Robertson, the ambitious, robot
manufacturing giant, played by Bruce Greenwood (The
Core), is about to triple the robot population. His goal
is to flood the market with the latest housekeeping
model NS-5’s. No one wants to believe that a robot is
capable of causing all the chaos that occurs. Dr Susan
Calvin, a stiff-necked, ice-queen played by Bridget
Moynahan (The Sum of All Fears), is a robot specialist
and psychologist. Although Del and Susan start out with
mutual animosity, theysoon grow to have respect for one
another and she aids Spooner in this investigation. This
sci-fi, modern day story concludes with an original,
Blonde: I, Robot was like Lost in Space meets
Bi-Centennial Man meets The Terminator, and Spider-Man
meets “The Jetsons”…The moral of this story is, “You
better beware when you hire a housekeeper.” It is always
hard to find good help these days, and apparently this
remains true in the distant future. By the way, Maven,
when did Will Smith get that body? Wasn’t he just the
skinny, “Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire”? That’s not the same
kid as the naked hunk in the shower scene! But I hardly
Maven: He buffed up to prepare for his starring role in
Ali. Is that why you were using your camera cell phone
in the movie theater?
Blonde: No! I just got the phone today and was testing
it out…You’re not buying that story, are you?
Maven: Not at all. But since you have the photo
already, can I download it? To say I was looking forward
to this movie is an understatement. Will Smith never
disappoints me in his choice of roles, or in his acting
ability. I, Robot was everything that I hoped it would
be. There was non-stop action as well as a solid theme.
The story never gets bogged down with too many plot
twists as many movies of this genre usually do. I would
actually enjoy a personal robot like Sonny… Think
of the possibilities.
Blonde: Yeah, but what happens when “Sonny gets
Maven: Like I said, think of the
Blonde: Hey, Cher had her own personal Sonny and it
didn’t make her happy! One more question of importance:
Why did Will sport plain black stud earrings instead of
his usual diamond ones? I found that most disturbing and
Maven: Well, he was on a cop’s salary.
Blonde: This movie was most creative. I found the robots
to be both scary and humorous. I had a great time
watching this film. I was captivated by the flow of the
story and felt like I was entering into another world, a
world “where no man has gone before.” Hey, that was so
original of me!
Maven: For all of you “Trekkies” out there, forgive her,
for she is a blonde. I am an avid science-fiction
reader, and Isaac Asimov’s books are among some of my
favorites. This film was based on a short story by
Asimov. The tone of the author’s story is captured well.
The movie is dramatically enhanced by the new generation
of computer graphics. It was quite a pleasant change to
see CGI work well in a film while not overtaking the
scenes where it’s used.
Blonde: You sound like a maven… Well, I felt the robots
were at times a little too human for comfort. It does
make you think what could happen when technology in the
future is given too much free will.
Maven: This is a fun movie to watch. The story is great!
Will Smith is perfect. The robots, believe it or not,
are endearing. I rate this movie an A.
Blonde: An A? A? It was good, but an A?
Maven: I’m just thinking of the
Blonde: No, you’re just thinking of your own
personal Sonny. I was at no time bored watching this
film, and you won’t be either. It is a great summer film
that just about everyone will enjoy. I rate I, Robot a
B+ and recommend lots of fun candy and bon-bons. Yes,
ladies, you heard me right. Bon-bons…
The Bourne Supremacy:
A Born Again
Movie, as Good as the First
Bourne Supremacy is an awesome, breathless-paced,
action-packed film that starts off where The Bourne
Identity left off. This Bourne film appears to have
stakes even higher than the first time around. The movie
re-enters the CIA espionage world of expert Jason
Bourne, once again played by the hunky and focused Matt
Damon (Good Will Hunting, Saving Private Ryan). For the
past two years, Bourne and Marie, played by Franka
Potente (Storytelling), have maintained their anonymous
underground existence under assumed names. They find
themselves moving from one city to another. In order to
survive, it is imperative to remain one step ahead of
the world they had left behind. Through it all, Jason
continues to have nightmares and fragmented memories
from his haunted former life. The action begins when a
CIA operation to purchase classified Russian documents
is blown by a rival agent. That agent mysteriously shows
up in the sleepy village where Bourne and Marie have
been living. They are on the run, once again. Bourne’s
promise—that anyone from his former life who tries to
contact him will be dealt with using any means
necessary—becomes a reality. He will kill anyone in his
path that even looks at him the wrong way. The revenge
and retaliation begin. They should have left him
Blonde: Wow! This film was like an angry Clint Eastwood
meets Die Hard meets The French Connection, meets James
Bond with a cynical attitude, meets the Punisher, with
close-up, hand-held camera shots like Blair Witch
Project, except with a big Hollywood movie
This was an original, sharply spun, clever
tale. It was so refreshing to watch, as it was not only
believable, but somewhat unpredictable. I am so tired of
knowing that I could write the ending in the first five
minutes of watching a film.
Maven: I was revved up for this movie for months. Having
read Ludlum's Bourne books, I am in seventh heaven when
a studio wants to bring this intriguing character to the
screen. At first, I was concerned that Bourne couldn’t
be played by such a young actor as Matt Damon. Remember,
The Bourne Identity was a mini series movie with Richard
Chamberlain in the ‘80s. But, for the second time,
Matt proved me wrong. He brings a dynamic intensity to
the role that really gets the juices flowing.
Blonde: In my opinion, the character of Bourne was
improved and had more depth. I thought that Matt gave a
stellar performance. His cool, confident, never looking
over his shoulder demeanor came right through the
screen. You could feel it! His deadly intent was
nothing short of spellbinding. How can a guy with
innocent boyish looks, bleeding, sweating and oozing
with anger be so sexy? Wait, never mind…I remember
Maven: Who did you date who was oozing with anger and
Blonde: Okay, he wasn’t bleeding, but I wanted him to!
It was nice to see the bad guys written in a film to be
interesting and intelligent, for a change. People worthy
of killing… Did I just say that?
Maven: Yes. You just watch too many movies. I think it’s
time for someone else to be the CIA paper pusher. Brian
Cox always seems to play that guy in most of his films.
He does it well, but I thought Joan Allen (The Notebook)
was a brilliant change of pace. She was cool, decisive,
intelligent and much more intuitive than the usual power
Blonde: Maven, that’s a lot of adjectives for you!
This is one movie with all its action and special
effects that must have been an editor’s nightmare. By
the way, I didn’t feel any chemistry between Bourne and
Marie in this film. She is too plain for him; he
deserves better! Woof! Woof! Bourne is no prize
either. He is too complicated. I thought the guys I date
have a lot of luggage…
Maven: Baggage! Baggage! However, I would take
that baggage to be with Matt. As for the chemistry, you
we right on. What is even stranger than that is he only
seems to have an onscreen chemistry with men. Hollywood
hasn’t found the right woman to complement Matt on
Blonde: But, I am here! Wasn’t the scenery of all the
various countries wonderful to watch? I wanted to be
there, but not with Bourne. By the way, there was this
loud, obnoxious woman sitting next to me loudly munching
on popcorn, and unwrapping candy without any regard for
others. I hate sitting next to rude people like
Maven: On which side?
Blonde: Oh was that you? Sorry! Continue on, my
Maven: Talk about being rude. You are the one with a
book-light on, scribbling notes, and turning pages in
the theater. Oh, and need I add, forgetting to turn off
your cell phone!
Blonde: Never mind! One more thing! Speaking of
Barbra Streisand, did you know that our favorite diva is
going to play Ben Stiller’s mother in Meet the Fockers?
She is like butter!
Maven: I know that I have had some blonde highlights put
in my hair recently, but…when were we speaking about
Barbra? In closing, the choice to use those jerky camera
shots brings you right into the action. This film was a
non-stop ride. I rate it an A-.
Blonde: The hand-held camera shots reminded me of all my
childhood home movies taken by my father. I thought it
was over-done. Anyway, I rate The Bourne Supremacy a B.
Fun for all to see.
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