Movie Review: Robot & Frank

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.

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Recommendation: B+
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.

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