Friday, August 17, 2012
By Abbey Khan
When Frank’s son (James Marsden) decides that his divorced father can no longer care for himself, he buys Frank (Frank Langella) a walking, talking humanoid robot (voice of Peter Sarsgaard) that is programmed to help him improve his physical and mental health. Frank, a retired cat burglar, initially resists the robot’s help, but then he realizes that he can use the robot in other ways and they set out to do one last job.
Don’t be fooled, even though this film has a walking talking robot, it actually takes place in the near future and is more of a human interest story than a science fiction story. To see Frank’s relationship with the robot go from partner in crime to friends is very touching. There’s also a twist at the end that you will not see coming.
Park Pictures Features’ Robot & Frank is the feature film debut of commercial director Jake Schreier. The film opens in New York on August 17, 2012 and in Los Angeles on August 25, 2012.