Hollywood lacks the cognitive capacity to understand the social implications of the technologies it vilifies or cutesifies, nor can it fathom stories without hackneyed plot devices. Frank didn't have to be a burglar to be poignant or interesting. Had Robot become the substitute for (or symbiont with) Frank's failing memory, it could have had a more essential role than just an artificial buddy. A wasted opportunity.
this movie is about purpose, aging, friendship, and shitty dads, but it's also a really good AI movie because it's more about our own responses to AI than it is about philosophy of AI itself, which movies so often get wrong. plus it's funny and the robot looks like asimo so what's not to like
Things like dementia, bank heists, and robots don't seem like they are compatible. They aren't at first, but they meld together quite nicely by the ending. I felt like there was wasted potential with Frank not wanting to wipe the robot's memory. They made it sound like it was because he was empathetic, but a man with dementia might have other reasons. Maybe they touched on it, but it was too subtle for me to catch.
A cute trifle, though underwritten and somewhat formulaic. An impressive cast had the merest of material work with, though Langella was, not unsurprisingly, quite charming and carried the proceedings with ease.
Simply sweet w/o overdoing it, this subtle sci-fi/drama/heist film earns its emotional responses & charms the crap out of you. Lagella & Sarsgaard do great work with an entire cast that complements them as the film explores the ideas of memory & tech. w/ just the right amount of focus. It may go where you think it will go, but the world it alludes to is highly plausible and melancholic. An underrated gem!