I, Robot is a 2004 science fiction thriller directed by Alex Proyas (The Crow). Set in the year 2035, the film stars Will Smith as Del Spooner, a technophobic detective with the Chicago Police Department who is assigned a murder case that involves the grisly death of his friend, who was an inventor at U.S. Robotics, a corporation that has made anthropomorphic robots the norm in society. Though the book "I, Robot" was published in 1950 by science fiction author Isaac Asimov, it was actually a collection of nine short stories loosely related around a central concept of robots and how they relate to human beings. In some of the stories, there is the character Dr. Susan Calvin, chief robopsychologist at U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men (which was changed to U.S. Robotics for the film, which is a the name of a real company). Several movies have been made from some of the short stories, but a film of the entire book (and its different elements) has never been made. While sharing the same title, this film is only very loosely based on the book, but does feature the famous Three Laws of Robotics.
The following weapons were used in the film I, Robot:
Detective Spooner's Pistol (A dressed up Taurus Model 85)
Detective Del Spooner (Will Smith) carries a futuristic custom pistol that is supposed to be a Semiautomatic 9mm. It is built from a 2 part plastic shell (with parts molded from a Walther P99) that has a real Taurus Model 85 .38 special revolver hidden inside. Lt. Bergin (Chi McBride) and all the other police officers appear to also have the sidearm. It is seen in the film next to loaded 9mm magazines, and is holstered with like magazines in adjoining mag pouches, but the real firearm inside the mockup is a .38 special revolver. The grip appears to be based on the Walther P99. Some more detailed images of the gun's interior can be found here:.
Note: the same technique (enclosing a Taurus Model 85 in a plastic shell) to make a futuristic gun was used on the Television show Firefly. Malcolm Reynold's hero gun was also a modified Taurus Model 85. Also it was seen on the show Stargate: SG1 in Season 9, Episode 4: The Ties That Bind, where Vala Mal Doran uses it to threaten a former business partner.
Detective Spooner's backup Pistol (A dressed up Walther PPK)
Detective Spooner also carries a back-up piece on his ankle that is a dressed up/clamshelled Walther PPK. He uses this when the robot Sonny (Alan Tudyk) takes his main pistol, and jumps through the window. In a continuity error the pistol becomes a second full size handgun instead of a subcompact when Spooner and Calvin exit the USR Building.
A Franchi SPAS-12 combination Pump and Semi-automatic shotgun is picked up and used by Lieutenant Bergin (Chi McBride) when the USR robots storm the police station, using it to take down several attackers before being disarmed. His SPAS is heavily modified with a futuristic looking top heat shield and an extended front end. Also there are a few of these shotguns used by the SWAT officers during the factory shootout, but they are mostly made of rubber.
The Security and police tactical units carry these futuristic shotguns. Many of the background guns are rubber molds of the modified SPAS-12 shotgun seen fired by Lt. Bergin (Chi McBride).
The SWAT officers in the interrogation room all carry FN P90TR s with Aimpoint sights and a suppressor attached.
Heckler & Koch MP5K
The SWAT team that appears to apprehend Sonny is carrying a variety of weapons. We see the same futuristically-modified SPAS-12 that Lt. Bergin has, as well as the Spooner/Police Pistol. One of the obvious weapons is the Heckler & Koch MP5K with Aimpoint sight. It can also be seen, with no attachments, held in the hands of officers in the street gang.
Beretta 92FS (dressed up)
In this shot, the SWAT officer firing behind the officer with the MP5K is firing some sort of heavily modified pistol. It looks like a Beretta 92FS pistol with an elongated barrel and M16 style birdcage flash hider attached. The pistol could also be a Beretta 93R.
A MAC-11 machine pistol is carried by a member of the street gang. It can be seen very clearly in the scene right before the gang charges the robot patrol.
Some of the SWAT officers carry Ruger MP9s, among the Heckler & Koch MP5Ks, the Futuristic shotguns used by everyone, and the unknown Futuristic Pistol.
Sites Spectre M4 "Modified"
Carried and fired by Spooner and also by Susan Calvin, the futuristic Sub-machine gun is a Sites Spectre M4 (chambered in 9mm) enclosed in a custom plastic shell to mask it's true identity. It is also seen being held in the hands of a SWAT officer in the police VTOL when Sonny escapes the factory. In one of the closeup screenshots we can see the rear sight, selector switch and safety. In the movie, the trigger guard is removed, a finger grooved grip covers the original M4 grip and there is a PSG-1 style palm pad attached to the base of the pistol grip.
Mossberg 500 bullpup
Unknown Futuristic Rifle
The Military teams carry an unusual rifle that looks like part paintball gun and part carbine. It appears on screen very briefly, near the end of the film.