Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001) (3.5/4)

Artificial Intelligence: AI

In the not-so-far future the polar ice caps have melted and the resulting raise of the ocean waters has drowned all the coastal cities of the world. Withdrawn to the interior of the continents, the human race keeps advancing, reaching to the point of creating realistic robots (called mechas) to serve him. One of the mecha-producing companies builds David, an artificial kid which is the first to have real feelings, especially a never-ending love for his "mother", Monica. Monica is the woman who adopted him as a substitute for her real son, who remains in cryo-stasis, stricken by an incurable disease. David is living happily with Monica and her husband, but when their real son returns home after a cure is discovered, his life changes dramatically. A futuristic adaptation of the tale of Pinocchio, with David being the "fake" boy who desperately wants to become "real".

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
The cast includes: Haley Joel Osment (David Swinton), Jude Law (Gigolo Joe, Lover Mecha), Chris Rock (Comedian (voice)), Robin Williams (Dr. Know (voice)), Ben Kingsley (Specialist (voice)), Meryl Streep (Blue Mecha (voice))
Also known as: AI
MPAA rating: , Running time: 146 minutes
Presented in: Color
Awards: Academy Awards: Nominated: Best Effects, Visual Effects, Best Music, Original Score
Related titles: Metropolis (1927), Blade Runner (1982)
Related categories: Robots, Computers, and Machines, Utopia and Dystopia, Views of the Future

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