Film Blog

Robot and Frank

posted by the hanging out team - Monday, March 11, 2013

‘Friendship doesn’t have an off switch’ is the tag line for this surprisingly touching heart warmer. A science-fiction set in the near future, ‘Robot and Frank’ is the story of Frank; an ageing jewel thief who fondly remembers the criminal escapades of his youth, yet often forgets his glasses. Although Frank insists he’s fine, his son and daughter worry as his memory loss gets progressively worse and threatens the oncoming of dementia, so, Frank’s given the latest in tech; a humanoid robot programmed to take care of Frank’s physical and mental wellbeing. At first, the cantankerous Frank is reluctant to take on the robot, though after finding that the robot can be trained for certain special tasks (lock-picking, for example), he grows a lot fonder.

‘Robot and Frank’ is a science fiction, and as in a lot of science fiction movies, the robot hints at developing thoughts and feelings of his own, at one point quoting Descartes’ ‘I think therefore I am’. A robot becoming more human-like is often a source of creepiness and threat (‘Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop Dave?’), but here, the robots independence turns out to be very funny. The dialogue between Frank and his robot is very engaging, and sure to make you smile rather than grimace. 

‘Robot and Frank’ could have easily tipped into over sentimentality, or considering its outlandish premise, outright silliness or unintentional creepiness; but instead, it treads a delicate line never overstepping its mark. It keeps a low-key and grounded tone; a fantasy without too much of the fantastical. Occasionally the film threatens into some farcical and unlikely moments, but the performances of Frank Langella as Frank and Peter Sarsgaard as the dead toned voice of the robot are compelling enough to keep those moments from going over the top, and becoming distracting.

‘Robot and Frank’ is a surprising take on a classic formula, with plenty in it to keep you in your seat. It may not be ground-breaking or truly original, but its hour and a half running time, great performances, and genuinely funny moments serve to make this one worth catching.

Nicolas Beer

‘Robot and Frank’ is showing until the 14th of March at Rich Mix Cinema.

Click here for details.

Recent Posts


freeman 150 years ago controversy Rich Mix John Ridley Zack Snyder Deep South lynching Yvonne Deutschman Shaggy Ruth Negga Chiwetel Ejiofor Dementia Peter Sarsgaard carpenter Bass 2013 Sundance Film Festival 2014 Golden Globes Rob Steinberg Bill Camp Kilburn The Life of Pi United States Alfre Woodard Sue Eakin Michael Shannon Michael Fanti Rick Elgood Russell Crowe Bethnal Green Trevor D Rhone fieldslave Dwight Henry Robert Redford Regency Enterprises Brixton Riots Robots of Brixton Poster Best Picture Devyn A. Tyler Madonna Sundance Film Festival Robot and Frank Quvenzhané Wallis Morgan Heritage Bocage true story Hanging Out Project Arnon Milchan HBO TV violence The Harder They Come Michael Fassbender cotton Anthony Katagas Steve McQueen Hanging Out Man of Steel Bill Pohlad Jonah Frank Langella Christopher Berry Platt Idris Elba Patsey Saratoga Springs Ky-mani Marley Garret Dillahunt Joseph Logsdon Louisiana 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s independence Leonardo DiCaprio Lupita Nyong'o Michael K. Williams Science Fiction African American Memory Loss Sean Bobbitt Henry Caville Jay Huguley overseer Britney Spears Illustrator Jeremy Kleiner Benedict Cumberbatch Sizzla Jamaica Dede Gardner One Love Washington Superman walk the line Destrehan Bob Marley long take Richard Parker New Orleans Joe Walker violent Drama black man Best Actor Scoot McNairy Zanzibar Writer Elam Forrester Oscars Sarah Paulson Paul Giamatti Kibwe Tavares Bryan Batt Quentin Tarantino Jamie Foxx Ang Lee revenge New York State nine Academy Award Solomon Northup The Avengers screenwriter Stoker free North tricked Cherine Anderson short film novelist Django Unchained historical memoir Prometheus Best Director British epic Kelsey Scott Felicity marek tarkowski Cameron Zeigler Chris Chalk west end pub drugged 12 Years a Slave Paul Dano 1853 freedom Black Friday film Benghal Tiger Slaves Fantasy Taran Killam Christoph Waltz America Factory Fifteen Bob Marley’s son CGI Hans Zimmer Don Letts Adepero Oduye Sly and Robbie Wyclef Jean best motion picture Brad Pitt channel 4 interview Sean Paul Slavery Magnolia


    Business Hubs

    Tuareg Productions LTD
    Hub Space
    Hub Space
    Hub Space
    Hub Space
    Hub Space
    Hub Space
    Hub Space
    Hub Space