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A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Review by Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

**Minor Spoilers**

Posted: July 4, 2001 
 
Steven Spielberg is a cinematic genius. So was Stanley Kubrick. But this unconventional, collaborative effort may mystify movie-goers. Some will be beguiled, as I was. Others may be frustrated and/or disappointed. Told as a sci-fi fairy tale for adults, the story revolves around a perfect robotic child named David
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(Haley Joel Osment), adopted by a Cybertronics employee (Sam Robards) and his wife (Frances O'Connor) whose own seriously ill child (Jake Thomas) has been cryogenically frozen. David is programmed to love, but those around him aren't - because he's 'mecha' (mechanical), not 'orga' (organic) - and, therein, lies his dilemma. Like Pinocchio, he yearns to be a real boy. But how? When he's abandoned with only his supertoy Teddy bear as a companion, he's sets off in search of a dream. 

Steeped in romanticism, the plot is divided into three segments: the domestic drama, the quest or odyssey, and then the futuristic underwater/ice sequences, a consequence of global warming. This fragmentation breeds problems. In the darkly disturbing road trip, for example, David meets up with Gigolo Joe (Jude Law), a 'love mecha,' who takes him to the Flesh Fair, a nightmarish carnival, filled with robot torture devices. Then the eerie, sentimental third segment evokes "E.T." and "Close Encounters of a Third Kind," moving grandly, yet tediously. There's a lack of cohesion, a feeling of schizophrenia.

Hayley Joel Osment  is truly amazing and Jude Law is charismatic. The rich visuals - sets, costumes and creature/make-up effects - are stunning. 

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence" is an unpredictable, intriguing 10. Love it or hate it, it's a triumph of innovative film-making, a blend of science and humanity, and a brilliant collaboration of two acknowledged masters.

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Science Fiction, Fantasy, Drama
Rated PG-13
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Cast Credits etc..

Haley Joel Osment ....  David Swinton  
Jude Law ....  Gigolo Joe  
Frances O'Connor....  Monica Swinton  
Sam Robards...Henry Swinton
William Hurt ....  Professor Hobby  

Director
Steven Spielberg

Produced by
Kathleen Kennedy
Steven Spielberg 
Bonnie Curtis 

Written by
Steven Spielberg

Distributor
Dreamworks

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. About the Author
. For more than 25 years Susan Granger has been an on-air television and radio commentator and entertainment critic. Susan has worked extensively doing speech and presentation coaching for top management and executives in several industries. Her articles have been published in many magazines including, Working Woman, Playboy, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, and many more. .
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