Robot  Frank

The Art Theater Champaign, IL


Amy LaViers

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Director of the Robotics, Automation, and Dance Laboratory

Robot & Frank— Pas de deux: Dance and the future of robotics

Mechanical engineer and choreographer Amy LaViers explains how the lessons of dance are helping her build more coordinated and capable robots.

The Art Theater Champaign, IL

Film Synopsis

In the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

In the near future, Frank (Frank Langella) is a retired catburglar living alone, while his successful son, Hunter (James Marsden), tries to care for him from afar. Finally, Hunter gets him a robot caretaker (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard), and Frank soon learns that the robot is useful as a burglary aide. As Frank tries to restart his old profession, the uncomfortable realities of a changing world and his worsening dementia threaten to go beyond what any robot can do for him.