Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Robot & Frank (2012)

Director: Jake Schreier. Cast: Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon, Peter Sarsgaard, Jeremy Sisto. 89 min. Rated PG-13. Drama.

A good idea, crudely done. In the "near future", an aging kleptomaniac is losing his long-term memory to Alzheimer's, and his children buy him a caretaker robot to substitute their own presence around him. Sadly, the old man makes a stronger bond to the robot than to his own children. This could have been a bitter metaphor of how low human relations have stooped, but there are inconsistencies, mostly in the form of some cops acting like clowns, that takes away the gravity of the drama. Amusing, but a skilled director would've avoided the pitfalls.

Mo says:


  1. I really enjoyed this, the chemistry between the old man and the robot was funny and touching, the end was really quite sad.

    I can see robots becoming this sophisticated in the next 50 years, I expect the Japanese will be the ones to invent them. They have already developed robots that can interact with people using fairly complex artificial intelligence.

    1. Again, based on your interest in this one, here's another recommendation: make sure you watch this year's movie "Her". It's not on Netflix, but it'll make you dizzy where human-computer-human relations are going. Go see it in the theater if your time permits.