The Artificial Intelligence (A. I.) movie is a project initially started by Stanly Kubrick and eventually finished by Steven Spielberg after Kubrick’s death. Based very loosely on “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long” by Brian Aldiss, this movie plot relates the adventures of David, the first “mecha” (i.e. a robot) designed to experience love. He “is adopted” by Henry (Sam Robards) and his wife Monica (Frances O’Connor). David is meant to replace the couple’s hopelessly comatose son. But, when their natural child recovers, David is abandoned and sets out to become “a real boy” worthy of his mother’s affection. Along the way, David is mentored by a pleasure-providing mecha named Gigolo Joe (Jude Law) and a talking “super toy” bear named Teddy. His adventures take him to the Roman Circus-style “Flesh Fair,” where mechas are destroyed for the amusement of humans; Rouge City, where Gigolo Joe narrowly avoids capture by police; and finally a submerged New York City, where David’s creator, Professor Hobby (William Hurt) reveals the secrets of the robot’s creation.
Steven Spielberg, Bonnie Curtis, Jan Harlan, Kathleen Kennedy
Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O’Connor, Sam Robards, Jake Thomas