Summary: This is a series of messages based on 4 Will Smith movies... This one looks at the movie: I, Robot.

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Over the next few weeks, we are doing this series on called the Gospel according to Will Smith - in reality, what we are really doing is using a few of Will Smith’s movies to discuss some things.

So why Will Smith? Who is Will Smith?

Willard Christopher "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, film producer and rapper. He is one of a small group of people who have enjoyed success in three major entertainment media in the United States. Newsweek has called him the most powerful actor on the planet. Smith has been nominated for a Golden Globe, two Academy Awards, and has won multiple Grammys.

Smith rose to fame as a rapper under the name the Fresh Prince in the late 1980s. Smith’s most notable television role was that of William "Will" Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In his film work, his notable roles include Agent J in Men in Black and its sequel, Men in Black II, Detective Del Spooner in I, Robot, Muhammad Ali in Ali, Detective Mike Lowrey in Bad Boys and its sequel, Bad Boys II, as well as his role in the blockbuster Independence Day and more recently as Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness with his son Jaden Smith and as Robert Neville in I Am Legend with his daughter Willow Smith. He is the only actor in history to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office.

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Over the next 4 weeks we are going to look at 4 of Smith’s movies: I, Robot; Pursuit of Happyness; I Am Legend; and Hancock.

I think its really interesting to look at movies. Movies shape our culture - and sometimes they even shape the way we think. A movie is really just a story right?

So tonight we are talking about I, Robot. Here’s the plot summary from the Movie Guy, Douglas Young:

The story takes place in 2035, in a world filled with robots. Del Spooner (Will Smith) is a Chicago Police homicide detective, who hates robots. Del is sent to investigate the death of Dr. Alfred Lanning (James Cromwell), a scientist at U.S. Robotics, who fell out of an office window, an apparent suicide. Del has an uneasy feeling that his friend Lanning was murdered, and he needs to find out who did it and why. With the help of Susan Calvin (Bridget Moynahan), the company psychologist, they both try to find answers to the mystery. Del believes that a new NS-5 robot, Sonny (voice of Alan Tudyk), killed Lanning, which means the robot broke the Law of Robotics. If this is true, the mass distribution of NS-5 robots will be stopped, and it will hurt U.S. Robotics. Someone in the company does not want this to happen and tries to stop Del.

I want to look at 3 Characters tonight... maybe just to give you something to think about:

is Viki - Viki is a computer. She is the posatronic operating core for all the other robots. Viki is basically the robot that runs all the other robots.

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What would you do if you had control? Given that mankind is inherently evil - wouldn’t you try to control it? Manipulate it?

There are many people who think that God is that way - that he controls us... But I believe something different about God, because I believe that God gives us free will.

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