Tuesday, July 20, 2004

"I, Robot"

Truly rare is the movie that can entertain and be both intellectually and spiritually fulfilling, but Will Smith's new blockbuster "I, Robot" is just that. 
Many people will undoubtedly see "I, Robot" as one writer's apocalyptic vision of a future where humans and robots live side by side.  This movie, however, is not about robots - it's about what it means to be a human being.  It's not about the future either, but rather what has always made man different from all other creation. 
In a day and age where Christians often chastise popular culture and seek to withdraw from it, it is ironic that a "Hollywood" movie showcases such profound Christian values.  "I, Robot" just does that.   A man giving his life to save those of others; a man saved from the brink of death now giving his life to fight the good fight; the contrast of humanity's capacity for good with its seemingly insatiable selfish desire to dominate and disregard the cost to others.  
Go see the movie. 


At 10:39 AM, Blogger ats54 said...

I am definitely excited about this movie. The general ideas in it are taken from a collection of short stories by Isaac Asimov, of which I have read 1 or 2. Good reads.

In my opinion, science fiction stories generally have the best opportunities to deal with things such as mentioned above. Ideas like, "What does it mean to be human?" - is it having a soul? having will? dreaming? Asimov is a great writer to check out for further discussion of these ideas. I also highly recommend the Ender's Game series ("Ender's Game", "Speaker for the Dead", "Xenocide", "Children of the Mind") by Orson Scott Card for discussion on just war, religious oppression, the benefits of equality in diversity, etc. "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" - a book that was made into a bad movie called Blade Runner is great for more "what does it mean to be human" discussion. Also, read "The Island of Dr. Moreau".

At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, Robot is a movie based on an Isaac Asimov series. Asimov was Jewish. Take that, Jesus. (Oops. He was Jewish, too.)

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Lost In NY said...

Are you suggesting Christian themes aren't pervasive in other religions and cultures? If that were true, then how can Christianity be the one true religion?

The fact that this guy was Jewish has nothing to do with his ability to get across fundamental human truths, truths that we here believe Jesus' espoused.


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