Friday, January 3, 2014

Robot & Frank (2012)

IMDb plot summary: Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.
Directed by Jake Schreier. Starring Frank Langella, James Marsden, Susan Sarandon and Liv Tyler.

This is a creative and charming little flick set just slightly in the future. Frank Langella is wonderful as the aging old man who finds himself bonding in an unusual way with his helper robot. The basic storyline almost resembles an animal movie - the robot could almost have been a dog or some other pet - but then it takes an unexpected turn and becomes a much more interesting story. It's delightful and sweet and original and well worth the watch. 4 stars.

Flickchart: #438 out of 1978, below Flight and above In a Lonely Place.

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