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28th Nov 2023

A Will Smith sci-fi classic is among the movies on TV tonight

Joseph Loftus

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It’s got a pretty prescient plot.

If you’re caught up on the 50 big movies Prime Video just added to its library, there’s some decent movies on TV this chilly Tuesday evening:

Our pick for the evening, however, is a sci-fi juggernaut from the early 2000’s.

Yes that’s right, the Will Smith classic, I, Robot, is playing Film4 at 6.50pm this evening.

I, Robot is our pick of the movies on TV tonight.

Directed by Alex Proyas, the 2004 science fiction classic stars Will Smith in the main role of Detective Del Spooner, a Chicago Police detective with a bias against robots.

Set in a futuristic Chicago in the year 2035, I, Robot shows a world in which robots fill public service positions across the world and operate under three laws to keep humans safe.

Detective Spooner exists in this world and is investigating the alleged suicide of U.S. Robotics founder Alfred Lanning who he believes was murdered by a human-like robot.

The film, named after Isaac Asimov’s 1950 short story collection of the same, was an instant success finishing first at the Box Office.

The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a positive review, calling it “a slick, consistently entertaining thrill ride” while Urban Cinefile called it “the meanest, meatiest, coolest, most engaging and exciting science fiction movie in a long time”.

Empire said: “This summer picture has a brain as well as muscles”, while in the Washington Post called it “thrilling fun.”

Several critics, including Jeff Otto from IGN, thought it was a smart action film. Otto said: “I, Robot is the summer’s best action movie so far. It proves that you don’t necessarily need to detach your brain in order to walk into a big budget summer blockbuster.”

If I, Robot isn’t your cup of tea, there’s also Die Another Day on ITV4 at 9pm, where our own Pierce Brosnan stars as 007 in his fourth and final outing.

Alternatively, if you’re in the mood for horror, you can catch The Forever Purge on Film Four at 9pm.

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