Jake Schreier the American director dedicated to do short films, music videos and commercials, Makes his debut in the big screen with Robot & Frank a film that develops In the near future and that tells the twilight in the life of Frank, a former professional thief that in his maturity and retreatment begins to have memory problems, his eldest son worried about his loneliness and disorderly lifestyle, decides to give Frank a robot that will be responsible for the work of the house and to take care of his health, the man despite being initially reluctant to the idea ends up accepting the robot, convert it his friend and step in…his accomplice.
Excellent story, is entertaining, critical and not very predictable. Tap sensitive points as the complexity of life in old age, the loneliness, the lack of spirit, family life and the changes that suffers, but also shows that it’s not the end and that in these outlying areas there is much to offer, by thinking and devise and that the difficulty to assume a challenge does not lie in the age, lies in the mind, as well makes a balance on the friendship and those on whom we found it.
Robot & Frank accounts with an excellent cast led by Frank Langella who succeeds in remarkable way illustrating the need to pretend strength when there is not, the bewilderment of see the lucidity escaping without reverse and the struggle to contain the leak. Liv Tyler and James Marsden are the sons of Frank, both have diametrically opposed viewpoints on how their father should live, each actor in their measure expresses the concern of being there and take care of the situation as they believe should be. Susan Sarandon is a good “friend” of Frank, is the librarian of the town and his anchor point with the reality. Peter Sarsgaard is the voice of Robot. No actor leaves nothing to be desired, all are excellent.
The composition, plans and locations are aesthetic and realistic. The technology shown in the film is completely adequate, convincing.
Robot & Frank In 2012 won the prize that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grants at the Sundance Film Festival, a recognition of $20,000 to those films that deal with the topic of technology, science, mathematics or engineering.
In short, Zerorojo recommends it: has an original and ingenious story, excellent performances, it’s quite touching without reaching to be overly dramatic. A film very balanced and fresh! Thumbs up.