Robot and Frank (2012)

An elderly ex- cat burglar is given a robot programmed to look after him.

This is another instance of a film where I took a complete shot in the dark. Not my sort of film at all, but it looks at robots, aging and family in a very affecting way. Watching Frank Langella’s Frank slowly growing senile was sad to watch and he forms a close bond with his Robot.

I wasn’t a big fan of Liv Tyler’s character because she came across as very much a ‘holier than thou’ character. It got annoying very quickly!

The links between a robot urging its elderly owner to wipe its memory and the elderly owner slowly going senile were too obvious and very moving. Of course, the film isn’t A* perfect but its still perfectly watchable at the same time. It could be seen as a moral tale which seeks to be a portent of the future where everything is digital (we’re pretty much already there) and life is disposable. While not a fantastic film, it is good enough and quite fun.

MY RATING: **.5 / *****



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