Review Date: December 12, 1999
Director: Chris Columbus
Writer: Nicolas Kazan
Producers: Chris Columbus, Wolfgang Petersen, Gail Katz, L. Mark, N. Miller, M. Radcliffe, M. Barnathan
What didn't I like about the movie? Well, this also has to do with the fact that it spanned 200 years, since I wasn't able to truly identify with any one human character across the entire film, save for the robot, to whom, I personally did not invest much emotion. I did however enjoy some of the human characters in the movie, but as you may have guessed by now, after 200 years, not too many of them were around at the end. And looking back, I think the film might have benefited more had it stuck to its sci-fi route, rather than its heavy-handed/humorous presentation here. I for one would've loved to see such a film done entirely in serious tone, as opposed to the generic humor that was tossed into this one every now and again (Maybe if it starred someone not known to most for comedy?). The film also ran a little long near the end with what eventually started to feel like a revolving plot door as the robot just continued to work on his condition year after year after year. In the end, despite the fact that it was set to touch our human emotions, I felt little more than the robot did at the beginning of the film. Interested yet cold and distant. All in all, the film was pretty engaging to watch all the way through, but seemed to have sacrificed further scientific depth in return for an unconvincing show of romance and humor. A nice try, but overall, no dice. I'd suggest you see it on video just for its original vision.