[By Inez Chew]
“David is 11 years old.
He weighs 60 pounds.
He is 4 feet, 6 inches tall.
He has brown hair.
His love is real.
But he is not.”
–A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Released in 2001 and directed by the famous Steven Spielberg, who has numerous notable films such as Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Schindler’s List (1993) under his belt. A.I. Artificial Intelligence is based on Brian Aldiss’ short story, Super-Toys Last All Summer Long. The film stars child actor Haley Joel Osment as David, a highly advanced robotic boy, and Jude Law in an unforgettable role as Joe, the robotic gigolo.
David, a product of cybernetic progress, sincerely wants to be a real boy, and to be loved by the Swintons- the family with whom he is being tested- in that happy place he calls “home”. After being “dumped” by his adoptive parents when their real son returns home after recovering from a potentially terminal illness and a round of sibling rivalry goes almost stragically wrong, David, alongside Teddy, an old super-toy, joins Joe as they search for “home” and the fairy godmother David recalls from a children’s story. Throughout his journey to find the Blue Fairy from Pinocchio, who, David is certain, will be able to turn him into a real boy, Joe teaches David- and us- a lot of lessons about reality.
Though A.I. was released about a decade ago, you would probably be very surprised at how incredible the graphics are. The storyline is cleverly written, creating deep suspense in every scene. Each frame seems so realistic- like cinematic works of art. The producers also chose the right actors for the job- what with Haley’s fascinating style and presence on-screen, you will definitely be emotionally connected to his character throughout the heartrending, thought-provoking adventure that is in this movie.