In my period of sickness, I got the chance to watch the movie Robot and Frank.
Keeping with the theme of old people meeting robots, Robot and Frank is much happier than the short I shared last week.
This one tied for the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Taking place in the distant future, Robot and Frank is about an old man whose son buys him a robot helper. Frank is the epitome of a grumpy old man. He grumbles, he rolls his eyes, and he goes on about how he doesn’t need help from some newfangled bucket of bolts.
However, Frank is slowly slipping into senility and actually does need the help. He is resistant until he realizes that Robot doesn’t have to obey the law. Frank, being a retired jewel thief, realizes that Robot is the perfect accomplice.
Going on in the background is the political implications of widespread use of robots. Frank’s daughter is an avid anti-robot activist and gets thrown into the mix while Frank and Robot are planning heists.
Robot and Frank
Directed by Jake Schreier
Produced by Lance Acord
Written by Christopher D. Ford
Music by Francis and the Lights
Cinematography Matthew J. Lloyd
Editing by Jacob Craycroft
Studio: Park Pictures
White Hat Entertainment
Dog Run Pictures
Running time 89 minute