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D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)

Director:
Simon Wincer
COUNTRY
USA/UK
GENRE
Science Fiction/Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
D.A.R.Y.L.
RUNNING TIME
99 minutes
Producer:
-
Screenwriter:
David Ambrose
Allan Scott


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Daryl Barret Oliver
Joyce Richardson Mary Beth Hurt
Andy Richardson Michael McKean
Dr. Jeffrey Stewart Josef Sommer
Dr. Ellen Lamb Kathryn Walker
Turtle Fox Danny Corkill
Elaine Fox Colleen Camp
Howie Fox Steve Ryan
Sherie Lee Fox Amy Linker

 

Review

D.A.R.Y.L. combines great escapism for children (in recognisable 1980s Top Gun/War Games fashion) with rather interesting observations and reflections on the concept of artificial intelligence and human existentialism. The film has a calculated but warm and authentic use of emotion, and works as an unconcealed, almost campaigning medium for traditional family values. Luckily, most of us all abide to the same codex, and D.A.R.Y.L.'s confidence and apparent wholesomeness is a welcomed verification in this matter. The paranoia and pessimism in the film's scientific themes concerns, in typical 20th century literary fashion, how modern leaders will deploy them more than what scientists can accomplish. Actually, writers David Ambrose and Allan Scott are not that interested in the latter; they just want to fantasize about how much cool stuff their protagonist could do. The script is strangely unambitious on a characterological level, but the craftmanship is excellent and Simon Wincer has full control over the viewer's sentiment. Child star Barret Oliver is perfectly cast in the title role, whereas Josef Sommer and Michael KcKean give heartfelt performances as the kid's male role models.

Copyright 21.9.2008 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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