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Robot and Frank - Film Review

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by Richard Leathem (subscribe)
Freelance writer. Melbourne based cinephile. Fond of food.
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It's the "not so distant future" and amongst other things, robots are now employed to help the elderly with their daily lives. And so it is that we witness the strange relationship between Robot and Frank. A slyly amusing film that also has a few serious things to say about familial responsibilities and Alzaheimers.

Despite being shot in lush widescreen, clearly this isn't a film with a budget big enough to have "Robot" embellished with all sorts of CGI razzle dazzle. Indeed, much of his charm is that he looks like something out of a 1980s film. And charm is something he possesses in abundance, delivering deadpan humour like its going out of fashion.

On the human side, the wondeful Frank Langella is a treat to watch, as always. He has his fair share of the laughs, and gets us on side so effortlessly that we actually cheer him on when he resurrects his former life as a criminal. Together Robot and Frank make a modern day Bonnie and Clyde with Robot's slippery moral compass being completely justified by his human programming. There's no Asimov-esque paranoia about robots here.

Despite the underpinning issue of health care for the elderly, and the ravages of Alzheimers in particular, Robot and Frank never strays far from its breezy, mischievous tone.

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Why? A smart comedy about a human/robot bromance
Where: At selected cinemas around the country
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