Robot Stories Reviews
[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]
[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]
[font=Century Gothic]3. Machine Love: an android, Archie(Greg Pak), is employed at a company as a computer programmer.[/font]
[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]
[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]
[font=Century Gothic]Note: Greg Pak is also a very good comic book writer.[/font]
Told in four separate stories, the film opens with a vignette about a childless couple who want to adopt, but first they have to pass a parenting test. To ensure that they will be good parents, they have to care for an egg-shaped robot ?baby? that will record how well or poorly it is taken care of. Things begin just fine, but soon the wife finds herself becoming abusive like her mother before her. Breaking down, she realizes her failure, but the robot baby coos and comforts her, and then she begins to really love it.
The second vignette is BORING. A genius computer programmer is in a vegetative state which forces his mother to come to grips with how she raised him, and she ends up becoming obsessed with his toys in an attempt to get close to him.
The third vignette is aptly titled ?Robot Love? where a humanoid office worker observes the office romances and adapts his personality to make room for that in his own life and falls in love with a ?female? humanoid worker from the next office building which culminates in a love-making scene where they push each other?s buttons to climax. Yeah?okay.
The fourth vignette is by far the best. In the near future people don?t die, instead, they upload their consciousness into a computer mainframe which lets them still interact with the world via a holographic projection. A dying sculptor struggles with his desire to experience life as it was meant to be and being with his wife who is always with him via a holographic projection. It?s very interesting in that it questions what makes us human, but this story isn?t enough to salvage the motley array of futuristic visions.