Hank’s Recommendations 05/14/13

hank_paperROBOT & FRANK — This simple story that’s simply produced features Frank Langella as a long retired cat burglar who has twice served time and is now living alone on the cusp of dementia in a New York state suburban house. He is given a caretaking robot by his dutiful long-distance son, which he resentfully rejects out of hand, until he starts instructing the robot about burglary, enlisting his special abilities in a caper.

Despite a couple of holes in the plot and a lameness in a couple of the characters, this quietly cautionary tale offers a Ray Bradbury-ish sweetness as well as the simple eloquence of one of that author’s enduring and prescient themes: the supplanting of our contemporary life by a virtual world that seems more real than life itself.