I, Robot. She, angry.
Then I discovered that Alex Proyas directed the film. Proyas directed the mysterious (if somewhat plodding) Dark City, one of the most cerebral science fiction films of the last decade. How could this champion of ideas turn a science fiction masterwork into a big dumb action movie? The answer, I hope, is that he didn't. This short featurette includes a few interview answers from Proyas himself, who points out that in the Robot books that one or more of the Laws may appear to have been broken, but it always turns out that they haven't been. Bent? Yes. Interpreted in a skewed fashion? Perhaps. But broken outright? No.
There's never been any doubt that I was going to go see this film. Too many flashing lights. Too many cool robot effects. And Will Smith! But I will try harder to get Christina to go with me. Since Proyas displays an understanding of the "Three Laws" narrative concept, and since he did such an incredible job with Dark City, I'm going to put my trust in him and try to maintain an optimistic approach to this film. I don't think he has betrayed Asimov's vision. Bent it a bit to fit cinematic needs? Yes. Interpreted it in a skewed fashion? Perhaps. But betrayed it outright? No.