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4th October 2001
A . I (Artificial Intelligence) 12 cert camera  

Director: Steven Spielberg
Producer(s): Steven Spielberg; Kathleen Kennedy; Bonnie Curtis

Haley 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)
Length: 146 minutes
21st September 2001
Reviewed by:
David Smith

A. I (Articial Intelligence)

A. I ( Artificial Intelligence)
How did David Smith rate A.I?

Stanley 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 more sensitively.

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 Wars.

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.

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