Movie Review: Robot and Frank

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Robot & Frank (2012)

89 min  -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  19 September 2012 (France)

Ratings: 7.1/10 from 14,666 users   Metascore: 67/100
Reviews: 41 user | 206 critic | 33 from Metacritic.com

Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

Director:

Jake Schreier

Writer:

Christopher D. Ford

Stars:

Peter Sarsgaard, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon | See full cast and crew

Initial Thoughts:

This was a movie I found on a top 100 movies of 2012 (from Rotten Tomatoes I believe) and as I enjoyed the preview and liked the actors in it I decided to watch it. (I also love the idea of near-future movies and robots, for better or worse they are coming).

Main Points:

This was a mostly simple straight forward kind of movie that I enjoyed. Frank Langella plays Frank, a former jewel thief who is retired and having issues with his memory. One of his children, Hunter (played by James Marsden) correctly assumes that he is lonely and needs a little help taking care of himself so he buys a robot to do that.

I think that the idea of care-taking/companion robots is not far-fetched at all. While having a child look after a parent may be the ideal solution in many cases it just would not work out well (I suppose I’m a little fascinated with this as I don’t have kids and won’t be, so it could be me someday Thinking smile). The acting is good all around here and the story does have a couple of twists which means…

SPOILER ALERT!

So Frank decides to do a couple of last jobs with the robots help, one as it turns out is for millions of dollars in jewellery at his neighbour’s house. Frank outsmarts the police and in the end his kids end up with jewels. Also as it turns out the librarian (played well by the always excellent Susan Sarandon) whom Frank is interested in is actually his ex-wife (he simply forgot who she was for most of the film). The fact that he stole a book from the library where she works only to give it back to her is quite amusing as well Open-mouthed smile).

Final Thoughts:

This movie does have some serious things to talk about, the nature of family, what happens when you get older, how technology affects our lives, what makes something truly alive and morality. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would strongly recommend it Thumbs up. A hearty 8/10 from me Smile. Now where’s the robot who does the cat litter? Winking smile Until next time I am as always…

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