"I, Robot" director Alex Proyas - Analysis

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Will Smith as Detective Del Spooner rages against the machines. This film illustrates what the future may look like and how advanced technology in robotics could be a brutal mistake for mankind. It's Chicago, IL 2035 and robots are improving and being put into every home. Underneath the helpful and useful aspect of robots there is danger for humans to start relying on technology and not being in control. This paper will elucidate the sense of fear and distrust regarding machines and technology that the film exhibits for our future, and how dreams, roles, safety and stability affect every aspect of life.

The symbolic content of this film revolves around many aspects. As a whole it examines the way people's views are towards change, improvement, control, fear and prejudice. Del Spooner a detective, doesn't trust robots, he doesn't like change, and he likes being in control. Susan Calvin a scientist for USR (United States Robotics), the leading company in robots, trusts robots, feels in control of them doesn't fear them, and likes the improvements and change.

In these robots there are 3 laws hardwired into them;

Law I: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Law II: A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the first law.

Law III: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second law.

These laws are perfect, but rules are made to be broken. As the newer and better NS5 robots are made they replace the old NS4s. Dr. Alfred Lanning, lead scientist and creator of the three laws, said in one of his speeches "One day they'll have...