. I (Artificial Intelligence)
Producer(s): Steven Spielberg; Kathleen Kennedy; Bonnie
Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards, Jake
Thomas, Brendan Gleeson, William Hurt, Robin Williams (voice),
Ben Kingsley (voice), Meryl Streep (voice), Chris Rock (voice)
Release: 21st September 2001
Reviewed by: David Smith
did David Smith rate A.I?
Kubrick devised A.I many years ago and having wrestled
with it for nearly two decades until the special effects
were sufficiently advanced.
He offered it to Spielberg whom he felt would handle the subject
A.I is a real curates egg of a film. It could easily be called
the best Kubrick film he never made. It is an enjoyable film
but not one that is easy to like in the same way as E.T or Star
Although Spielberg who writes and directs, it has an emotional
coldness which is similar to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey
which also needs the audience to give its utmost participation
in order to gain the most out of the viewing experience.
AI centres around the story of David (Haley Joel Osment) a new
generation of robot who has been placed in the Swinton family
whose natural son is in a coma. David loves the person he has
been programmed to be believe is his mother but when the son
awakes from his coma the mother abandons David who, accompanied
by Gigolo Joe (Jude Law), sets out to on a quest to become a
real organic human being.
What the film lacks in energy and action set pieces, it makes
up for in the profusion of ideas such as how a robot would evolve.
This is not an obvious Spielberg film but it is one of his most
imaginative and interesting projects and it draws freely on
such diverse sources as Pinocchio, Oedipus Rex, Snow White and
Dante's Inferno and spinning it into a narrative that is not
always going forward but is worth following.
Osment, as he showed in The Sixth Sense, is one of the great
acting discoveries of his generation with eyes that express
a mixture of wonder, innocence and world weariness.
The film can be summed up as amazing, infuriating, touching
and allegorical. Some will loath it. Others will take it to
their hearts. As an expression of intelligent science fiction
film making AI is without parallel.