Robot Stories (2004)

Robot Stories

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Critic Consensus: Although its 4 stories vary in quality, Robot Stories is still worth a look for Twilight Zone fans.


Movie Info

Greg Pak directs Robot Stories, a feature film made up of four separate vignettes set in the near future. In "My Robot Baby," Maria (Tamlyn Tomita) and Roy (James Saito) must take care of a robot baby before they can adopt a real one. In "The Robot Fixer," a car accident puts Wilson in a coma. His mother, Bernice Chin (Wai Ching Ho), tries to connect with him by repairing his old collection of toy robots. Her obsessive quest to find missing robot parts is observed by her daughter Grace (Cindy … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Greg Pak
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 15, 2005
Runtime:

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Cast


as Bernice

as Archie

as Young Marcia

as Mrs. Ito

as Mr. Ito

as Caseworker

as Young Wilson

as Assistant

as Technician

as Doctor

as Young Wilson

as Salesman

as Young John

as Receptionist

as John's Doctor

as Executive No.1

as Executive No.2

as Little Girl

as Hospital Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Robot Stories

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (20)

Robot Stories doesn't advance the boundaries of imaginative fiction. It's The Twilight Zone reimagined by Lifetime TV.

Full Review… | January 6, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Although uneven and tentative, Robot Stories is sufficiently thoughtful, provocative and original to make you wonder what Greg Pak might do with access to better parts.

Full Review… | December 3, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Robot Stories has the look and feel of an above-average student film, but Pak's potential promises better things to come.

Full Review… | June 11, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Mr. Pak accomplishes the rare feat of making the viewer think and wonder as he sheds light on little corners of the heart.

Full Review… | May 13, 2004
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

These are tales from the heart -- pulsing to a high-tech beat.

April 30, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Robot Stories is a both a throwback and, hopefully, a sign of things to come.

Full Review… | April 16, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Robot Stories

½

Robot Stories is an indie film that apparently had a budget of about five dollars. As the title indicates, there are four short stories, dealing with artificial intelligence in one form or another.

There is very little heavy lifting on display here; no deep sci-fi ala Philip K. Dick or even pondering the ethics of Robotic Code, or, except for the last tale, any pondering of morality or the soul, as one gets with Asimov. Belying the title, these series of stories are concerned more with simple human elements, and really, robotics, or AI have very little to do with it.

For example: the first story, entitled Robot Baby, deals with parenting more than anything. A young, successful career couple decides to have a child - only in this future scenario the couple must first tend and nurture a robot baby. There is a nice twist at the end of this story, which makes the viewing viable, but really, without the twist the story is very "been there, seen that".

The second story is so very "so what" that I'm not even going to give it a second thought, while the third has only a "cute" factor going for it, along with one of two decent performance in the film (oddly by the writer/director himself - hmmm, perhaps the entire project was merely a way for him to show off his robotic shtick).

The fourth story has a bit of gravitas to it, containing the other bright performance, in a tale dealing with questions of the soul and the definition of humanity. Here there is a bit of artistry in the filmmaking, but otherwise the stories are all very straight forward, and the direction and cinematography echo that.

Overall, nothing to write home about, or even truly recommend.

maxthesax
paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

½

[font=Century Gothic]"Robot Stories" is a collection of four short films written and directed by Greg Pak.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]1. My Robot Baby: Marcia(Tamlyn Tomita) and Roy(James Saito) are a young couple seeking to adopt a baby but first they are given a robot baby in order to discern what kind of parents they would make.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]2. The Robot Fixer: a mother(Wai Ching Ho) seeks to reach through to her comatose son through his old toys.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]3. Machine Love: an android, Archie(Greg Pak), is employed at a company as a computer programmer.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]4. Clay: John Lee(Sab Shimono), a sculptor, learns he is dying and must now decide whether or not he wants his brain digitally scanned for posterity.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]All four stories are touching and poignant tales about the human condition. It helps that they all emphasize character over technology.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Note: Greg Pak is also a very good comic book writer.[/font]

Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Rather than making one really good short film, director Greg Pak decided to film all four of his robot-themed short stories and compile them into one film.

The first story, My Robot Baby, follows a couple as they take home a robot baby to show they are responsible enough to handle a real one. It's not a bad concept for a robot-themed film, and is a plausible scenario that will be familiar to anyone who had to take care of an egg for a sex ed class. As it turns out, the robot baby looks quite a bit like a football-sized egg with cardboard eyes stuck onto it. Despite the cheesy props the story does contain some interesting ideas, like when the robot's "mother" reprograms the bot so that it automatically takes care of itself. Unfortunately the concept was better explored and in much greater detail in Steven Spielberg's A.I., and it quickly dissolves into a silly suspense film when the baby robot runs amok late at night.

The second story, The Robot Fixer, isn't really about robots at all. A distraught mother is visiting her comatose son, who has been hit by a car. While cleaning up his apartment, she and her daughter find his collection of robot toys. The mother decides to complete her son's collection in a symbolic bid to put her son back together. By the time this one was over I was ready to stop watching this turd, so I did.

This review is a repost from my website: www.plasticpals.com

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