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


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


    Business Hubs

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