I was hoping for good things from A.I. First of all, its directed by Steven Spielberg, who almost always delivers a satisfying and/or challenging movie experience. Second, its sci-fi, which I like. And, finally, it stars Haley Joel Osment, who performed exceptionally in The Sixth Sense. Set in the future when human-looking and human-behaving robots take care of every job you can think of, A.I. is the story of one doctors effort to take robots to the next level. He and his team create a child robot that can love its parents.
Osment stars as David, the robot programmed to become attached to his mother in a human-like way. But when Davids parents are finally able to bring their real son home from the hospital, things begin to fall apart. Picturing himself as a modern-day Pinocchio, David is eventually forced out of his parents home and sets out on a quest to become a real boy so he can earn his mothers love. In an attempt to escape the Flesh Fairswhere resentful humans destroy robots in creative and cruel waysDavid hooks up with Joe (Jude Law).
Joe is a robot programmed to service women as a male prostitute. (We get one early scene and lots of dialog about that).
Together, they begin looking for the Blue Fairy, the character in Pinocchio who changes him from a puppet to a real boy. Almost everything in A.I. is well done, technically. The sets, music, camera-work, and acting all hit the mark. Osment again delivers an amazing performance for an actor of any age, let alone 12. He convincingly presents David as both an emotionless robot and, later, an almost-human machine devastated by emotion.
The novel "Montana 1948" written by Larry Watson held a series of tragic events, which were to have a permanent and decisive impact on David and his parents. This chain of events were to turn David's young life and that of his family upside down forever and which was to angrily lead him out of childhood, destroying his innocence and youthful naivety in the process. However, David's shocking ...
Hes just a great actor. Jude Law as the happy-go-lucky Joe and Frances OConnor as Davids desperate mum also shine. And for the first hour or so, though slowly paced, the movie seems to be working as a creepy horror story about a robot who only has enough emotion to frustrate himself and everyone around him with his lack of humanity. His love for his mum becomes a scary obsession that almost destroys everybody. But when David sets out into the world with a cool little robot teddy bear as his Toto, the movie begins to lose traction. First, we get the old sci-fi clich about humans hating the robots theyve grown to rely on. Things get a little better when David literally meets his maker and realizes exactly what and who he is. (The scene that follows is the creepiest in the whole movie.) But then it becomes clear that the story doesnt know how to end.
It just gets weirder and longer and weirder and longer. And finally it just runs out of gas without ever really paying off. It seems like the movie wants us to think about what it means to be human. Its a topic thats been explored before (and better) with Star Treks Data and Voyagers holographic doctor and Robin Williams Bicentennial Man. In short, A.I. might be good filmmaking, but its not a satisfying movie. And it tries to explore the meaning of being alive without ever acknowledging the Source of life.