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Set in the near future, Frank (Frank Langella), a retired cat burglar, has two grown children who are concerned he can no longer live alone. Against the old man’s wishes his son buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. Slowly, and with a fair bit of reluctance, Frank begins to accept his new digital companion, seeing an opportunity to use Robot’s unique skills to try their luck as a heist team.
Jake Schreier, USA 2012, 12, 89mins
“A small but perfectly formed tale with plenty to say about the nature of friendship”
“An ageing Frank Langella and a disembodied Peter Sarsgaard make for an unexpectedly dynamic double act in this refreshingly unsentimental geriatric drama”
“A gleefully subversive character study of a charming but unapologetic rogue”
The film will be preceded by a talk from Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara, senior lecturer in robotics at Kings College London, who will discuss why it is so hard to build a robot that can survive in a real world environment.