213th Movie Review: A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2011)

Note: Please forgive me if the grammar is wrong. I’m making this late at night because I had just finished the movie.

A film that shows promising at the start…but ends up short circuiting by the end

[Warning: contains minimal spoilers]
Before American Idol, there was Artificial Intelligence, a movie conjured by Kubrick and Steven Spielberg. They introduced the idea of robots, or mechas (mechanical beings) being brought into the world to serve the needs of human beings – labor, company, even love.

The film is a “what if?” type of movie that allows the audience to take a step back and think about what will happen in the future. It allows you to visualize the future, which is aided by a wonderful CG technology (It was 2001 back then, but it already looked sophisticated). But let’s not forget the main part of the story.

In retrospect, A.I. is full of flaws, some scenes even scream “plotholes!”.  The way the story was told was very draggy, which is burdened by the fact that the movie runs at 2 hours and 25 minutes. Nevertheless, it showed some promise at the start, revealing the different aspects of the new technology, the elements of the experimental mecha child.

The film sort of lost its momentum during the middle, when David (played by then-young Haley Joel Osmend) was left by her mother in the forest. The following scenes were a mix of intriguing, weird and boring. Until the end, when David was left alone with his new pal Joe (Jude Law), it never returned to its true nature, and it caused the film to quickly fade away from my interest.

The actors’ performances were well-rounded. Some were horrible, while some were nice (Like Osmend and Lizzie MaGuire star Jake Thomas who plays Martin). The problem with the actors were not so much the way they acted their characters, but the poor character progression they have (excluding Osmend). Spielberg may have taken this film a step forward in terms of visual effects, but it seems that they have forgotten to end the story well.

The final parts were a bit disjointed from the whole movie, but maybe that’s because it occurred 2000 years after the start of the first film. I’m not gonna spoil some more. If you wanna check this movie out, it’s your choice. However, if you ask me, this movie isn’t for the people who get tired easily of watching long movies or for people who don’t like the Sci-Fi genre. This movie is certainly fascinating, but it’s also lifeless and disappointing.

GRADE: C+

External Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes: 73% Fresh, 6.6/10 Rating

Internet Movie Database: 7.0/10 User Rating

Metacritic: 65/100

 

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One thought on “213th Movie Review: A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2011)

  1. I believe this is actually a great film. Not a light hearted or glib movie. Makes one think and causes some uncomfortable feelings. I still, years after watching this film, occasionally wake up thinking about it. Acting was excellent. The ending was well done.

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