A. I. Artificial Intelligence
Monday, June 23, 2008
A.I. Artificial Intelligence is a 2001 science fiction film written and directed by Steven Spielberg. The film was dedicated to known filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, who originally developed the concept of the film. It was the last project that he worked on. He passed away before the film started shooting.
Set during an unspecified year in the future when human population is drastically reducing and global warming has caused grave ecological disasters, the film tells the touching story of the android boy, David (Haley Joel Osment), who wills to become a real human to regain his human mother’s love. After being sent away by his mother in the wilderness, David sets to an adventure to find the Blue Fairy, whom he remembers from The Adventures of Pinocchio, as a being who could turn him into a real boy.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence was originally inspired by the short story Super-Toys Last All Summer Long written by British science fiction writer Brian Aldiss. Kubrick and Aldiss started developing the story into script in the 1980s. After the Kubrick died in 1999, his widow contacted Steven Spielberg, whom Kubrick had chosen to direct the film and with whom he had discussed the project for several times. Kubrick’s wife also asked Spielberg to finish producing the film.
The film reportedly used $100 million for its budget. It had a domestic gross of $78,616,689 and an overseas gross of $157,309,863, for a total of $235,926,552 worldwide gross.
A.I Artificial Intelligence won five Saturn Awards and was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Effects, Visual Effects and Best Music, Original Score.
The film also stars Jude Law, Francis O’Connor, Sam Robards, William Hurt, Jake Thomas, Jack Angel, Ben Kingsley, Ashley Scott, Brendan Gleeson, Enrico Golantoni, and Adrian Grenier, with special participations of Meryl Streep, Chris Rock and Robin Williams.
-Katherine Garcia, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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