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


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


    Business Hubs

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