This film is a quaint little story about an older gentleman, a robot, and some thievery. Frank Langella plays… Frank, an ex-jewel thief that’s getting up in the years. His son thinks he needs looking after, so he gets Frank a Robot to help take care of him. Of course like many older folk, the last thing Frank wants is somebody telling him how to live his life, especially if that somebody is not even quite alive. But as Frank and the Robot form a bond, he comes up with an extra curricular activity that he and the robot can enjoy together. Steal from the young snobby rich people who think ‘old’ is something to laugh at.
Even though director Jake Schreier and screenwriter (comic writer also) Christopher D. Ford don’t seem to have done much in the feature film category, they were lucky enough to have a star-studded cast. Susan Sarandon is obviously Frank’s love interest, James Marsden plays Frank’s son Hunter, and Liv Tyler, Peter Sarsgaard and Jeremy Strong make up the rest of the cast with Sarsgaard playing the voice of the Robot.
The story will probably speak on the larger idea of technology, how it affects our lives, and people’s attitudes on change. The ‘Out with the Old, In with the New’ idea of things falling into that throw-away status, including people. I hope they drive the point home without hitting audiences over the head too much.
This looks like it would be a nice little indie film for a family to watch, though it’s rated PG-13 for some language, probably from Langelia. Anyway, the film comes out August 24 in a limited release, so you might have to search your listings a bit.