to the greenhouse effect the world's water level has risen
dramatically ensuring that once habitable parts of our planet
are now underwater. Paris, New York and London have all been
lost. This has meant a shortage of food and as a result strict
laws have been introduced to restrict the number of children
being born. A brilliant scientist (William Hurt) begins work
on the first robotic child David (Haley
Joel Osment) that is
truly capable of loving its human parents...
took over the reigns of this film when its original director,
Stanley Kubrick died before he managed to start work on it.
Whether he would have approved of Spielberg's direction is
questionable and the finished movie does, very much reflect
a rushed handing over.
movie seems to be a mismatch of stitched together sections.
There is the first section which deals with the fact that
humans are incapable of loving robots, the second segment
where David meets sexually compromising robot Gigolo Joe (Jude
Law) and together they search for the blue fairy (familiar
to all Pinocchio fans) and the final segment sees David
meet some aliens?!?!?!
before I start wading into the bad areas I thought I'd mention
what was enjoyable about this movie. Teddy, David's robotic
toy friend is the real star of the movie and there is a great
cameo from Robin Williams as the voice of Doctor Know. Ben
Kingsley makes a brief appearance and, apparently Meryl Streep's
voice appears at some point... er... that's it for the good
movie is so poor it is painful. Even John Williams score is
dull (and this is the man who thrilled us with his Indiana
Jones and Star Wars music.) The film starts promisingly,
then the second segment is quiet fun, but the third segment...?
What is it with Spielberg and aliens? Get over it... Please!
Yeah, sure ET was cute but stop it now before the men in white
coats drag you away!
Joel Osment was a great choice as David, but the direction
leaves him appearing scary - no wonder his parents didn't
is a dull and depressingly bad movie and if I had paid money
to see it I would be very angry. Mr Spielberg you should be
ashamed of yourself.
final scene (lasting about 5 minutes) is moving and tries
to reap back some of the dross that has gone before. But it
is too little too late.
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