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.