Plot: An ex their is given a robot helper to cope with his Alzheimer’s but instead uses him to pull off robberies.
Review: Oddly enough everything works in this film (the world, the characters, the future) and the only thing that does work is the story. The relationship between Frank Langella and his children is great. It gets even better when he has to deal with this robot that he may or may not like. The film works best in small moments between the robot and the human characters.
Where the show falls apart is with the whole robbery subplot. It just feels put in to fill in time or to kind of get around the whole “future” aspect of the film. The only problem is that it’s never as interesting and ends up dragging the film down. We already have enough conflict with Frank and his illness/age, Frank with his children’s different POVs of how to take care of him, and also Frank’s problems/friendship with the robot. So the robbery aspect never really works and just adds too much in. Near the end, I lost interest in the robbery thing and just waited them out. Also without the robot, it has a great theme of growing technology in our society and the roles that humans/robots have and how we deal with those roles changing or becoming obsolete. But with the robbery thing, it adds nothing to the plot and in fact takes away from the message of the film.
If only Robot and Frank had stayed with the more basic storylines with heavier themes, it could have been a sci-fi classic. But instead it’s another missed opportunity.
Trivia: The robot is never given a name.