Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)

Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001, USA) C-145m. SCOPE *** D: Steven Spielberg. Starring Haley Joel Osment, Frances O'Connor, Sam Robards, Jake Thomas, Jude Law, William Hurt, Ken Leung, Brendan Gleeson, voices of Ben Kingsley, Robin Williams, Meryl Streep, Chris Klein. None other than Steven Spielberg tries his hand at Stanley Kubrick's legacy, the story the cinematic genius always wanted to film. Set in the future, film deals with creation of a revolutionary, incredibly life-like kind of android, a boy (Osment), who can be adopted and brought up like your own son. Osment's new family are skeptical at first and only slowly get accustomed to their new offspring. Problems are about to arise soon, however. This adaptation of Brian Aldiss' short story "Supertoys Last All Summer Long" is long, not always easy to digest but intelligent and ultimately worthwhile, thanks to a remarkable performance by the young Osment and John Williams' heart-felt score. Reminiscent of the classic BLADE RUNNER (1982) in many respects, and film's reputation and reception may also improve over the years. Multiple viewing recommended. This was the first film Spielberg wrote since the 1982 POLTERGEIST!


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