Year of Release: 2001
Director(s): Steven Spielberg
Approx. Running Time: 146 minutes
My Rating: 1 Star (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"A.I. is Pure Magic."
-Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
Director Steven Spielberg's A.I. propels you into a future of astounding technology and adventure beyond the human imagination in an extraordinary film the New York Observer hails as a "masterpiece" and Rolling Stone applauds as "unmistakably the work of a real filmmaker."
In a future world of runaway global warming and awe-inspiring scientific advances, humans share every aspect of their lives with sophisticated companion robots called Mechas. But when an advanced prototype robot child named David (Haley Joel Osment) is programmed to show unconditional love, his human family isn't prepared for the consequences. Suddenly, David is on his own in a strange and dangerous world. Befriended by a streetwise Mecha (Jude Law), David embarks on a spectacular quest to discover the startling secret of his own identity. Celebrated as a film "filled with visual wonders and astonishing special effects..." (Roger Ebert, Ebert and Roeper), A.I. Artificial Intelligence is a visionary motion picture triumph!
Crap. Absolute crap. Let me clarify something. I never really wanted to buy this movie. I never ordered it nor picked it up in any store. I used to be a member of a DVD club in which they would send you their Monthly Selection if you failed to tell them that you didn't want it. This was one such selection. It came in the mail and I had every intention of sending it back, but one day I was bored and decided to open it and watch it. Big mistake, because after that I was stuck purchasing it.
Also, let's get something else straight here. Yes, technically this movie was directed by Steven Spielberg, but a Spielberg movie it is not. It is a Stanley Kubrick movie and was his project originally but he died before it could be made. This gives some really good insight into why it sucked so much.
The characters - perhaps because so many of them aren't human lack any pathos. I simply don't give a crap what happens to any of them and this long, thudding movie was tantamount to torture for me to watch. (And, for me to watch it again, I'd have to be strapped to a seat with my eyes taped open a la another Kubrick film, A Clockwork Orange).
Rated PG-13 (MPAA)
2001 (Year Of Release)