I, Robot The dystopian genre commonly depicts the idea of a futuristic society in which specific advancements go terribly wrong resulting in citizens to become threatened or in danger. A popular theme incorporated in numerous dystopian films is the advancement of technology presented in movies such as The Blade Runner, The Matrix, Robocop, Pacific Rim, Elysium and I, Robot. Based in 2035, the widely popular dystopian film I, Robot, directed by Alex Proyas surrounds the idea of highly intelligent robots designed to live alongside humans and fulfil community and personal duties along with being protectors, ensured they are operated under the three crucial laws all robots are to obey in order to keep humans safe and free from harm.
A robot may not injure a human being or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second law
Detective Del Spooner, portrayed by Will Smith is assigned to investigate further into the alleged suicide of Alfred Lanning, the founder of the robots and believes that a human like robot, Sonny, whom possesses scarce qualities in comparison to the other existing robots has committed the crime. With the help of a close colleague of Dr Lannings and robot expert, Dr Calvin, they soon discover a scheme that could potentially enslave citizens of the world.
I, Robot addresses various dystopian characteristics, the most common being corporate greed. After the passing of Dr Lannings, Robertson is acquired as the new executive of the robotics, dubbed as NS-5s. It is his desire to locate each household with a robot and demonstrates that no obstacle can halt his plans. Robertson’s greed slowly becomes evident and progresses throughout the movie though initially we are introduced to his greed when Detective Spooner questions him regarding Dr Lanning’s death. Robertson presents himself to be unemotional as well as flustered as his precious time was being wasted answering question that could reveal key information regarding Lanning’s death. Following this scene, Detective Spooner is examining Sonny, the one robot who was gifted with human like qualities by his creator; he displays one of the qualities being emotions. Halting any further questions to be asked, Spooner orders the police to hide Sonny as he soon realises why Dr Lannings went to the great extent of creating a one of a kind robotic. The final evidence of corporate greed in the film I, Robot, is Robertson’s determination in terminating Sonny, however in his last moments alive, he states that if citizens were to be aware of Sonny’s existence, it could potentially demolish their faith in the safety of robots.
These prime examples convey corporate greed, demonstrated by Robertson in the 2004 dystopian film I, Robot, as he places humans in great deals of risk, in pursuance of increase of profits as well as aiming to expand the ratio of robots to humans along with his lack of response on acting upon the unsolved death of his colleague, Dr Lannings.