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Lightning meets robot creating a unique character that will be remembered!!!
Short Circuit (DVD)
Member Name: chiefo
Short Circuit (DVD)
Advantages: Johnny 5, one of my favourite childhood movie characters. Simply Brilliant
Disadvantages: Maybe the adult humour isn't suitable for children..
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1986 brought us Short Circuit, a film that I watched countless times as
a child. I had the added pleasure of recently watching it again on a
larger screen than my family owned 15 years or so ago. The film
centers on a robot, a machine that has been specifically built military to use as a weapon which also has on board, state of the art artificial intelligence.
One day after an exhibition of the robots to in action to military personnel there is a lightning strike whilst they had just been rounded up for collection.
The result of sparks a memorable movie character that has last the ages. His name is "number 5 - a.k.a Johnny 5", the name of the machine, brought to life by a miracle, and this is where this wonderfully enjoyable film begins.
New to the world, an innocent and naive number 5 seeks input, he wants to learn about everything that intrigues him and what the world is about. Even though he doesn't know what he was created for once he discovers, he doesn't want to continue along those lines, a killing machine, but instead practicing free will and doing what he chooses to do.
So throughout the film number 5 has many experiences, both happy and sad.
You see him try and interact with humans, insects, and animals. I liked one of the first scenes where he spots a butterfly and copies its actions with his eyebrows, as if they were the wings.
There are also sad scenes, well I thought at the time, where he squishes a grasshopper, and then talks to his new found friend about "reassembling" it. He doesn't understand disassemble at first and this is one of the charming things I liked about the film.
Just because he is a machine and knows parts of him can be replaced, he expected the same of other living creatures around at first. But as his adventure unfolds he learns a lot.
As you would expect, an 11 million dollar military weapon capable of mass destruction on the loose doesn't go down, not only with creator, but also his superiors. An alert is put out to track number 5 and find answers to why he is "malfunctioning".
Number 5 must try and survive not only using his wit, or lack of.. But with the help of new found friends that he has made along the way. You'll
discover what he believes are valid attempts at looking inconspicuous,
or blending in, as well as his own cheesy one lines that I love.
This film is excellent from start to finish. There are totally unexpected happenings that make you remember this as a classic and glad that a sequel was made. One of my favourite scenes is when he dismantles a car! Who would have thought that up?
Speaking of making things up, this is supposed to be a family movie, but one of the key characters is one randy individual, Ben Jabituya, played by Fisher Stevens. Once he is introduced to Stephanie, the woman that helps Johnny 5 throughout it seems that everything he says is related to you know what..
Anyway! The supporting casting are great, as is the leading male Newton Crosby (Steve Guttenberg). There are lots of quality scenes that make this a fun and enjoyable movie to watch. Not only is there action, car chases, but heart to heart's also. All thrown into the mix with an end result being called 'Short Circuit'.
I wish more recent films took from movies like Short Circuit. Simple humour, and imagination is the way forward in this type of genre. This is a flawless piece of film making in my opinion. It hits home on so many levels for a family comedy, not to just judge someone from what they look like, or what they are, go deeper, try and understand them, who knows where that will take you!. That and there are moments for adults too that the children will miss. So yeah, funny, sad at times, and classic lines make me recommend this to all.
5 out of 5.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: A+. Another great movie from the 80's. Classic!!