hanging-out-logo

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


Tags

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

Archive

    Business Hubs

    Tuareg Productions LTD
    Hub Space
    Hub Space
    Hub Space
    Hub Space
    Hub Space
    richmix
    saint-martins-college-of-arts-design
    xclusive-touch
    Hub Space
    Hub Space
    Hub Space
    xnew-art-exchange
    kent-creative
    ace-cafe-london
    xclusive-chauffeuring