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Bicentennial Man (1999)

Written By Awir Aditya on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 9:30 AM

Genre: Drama/Comedy/Romance/Science-fiction

Starring: Robin Williams, Embeth Davidtz, Sam Neill, Oliver Platt

What is the defining point between a man and a machine? In order to obtain an answer to this dilemma, a robot named Andrew Martin (Williams) learns that he is different and exceptional from the other robots. Andrew's master, Richard Martin (Neill) learns of Andrew's unique abilities to recognise art and the abstract, to learn and develop and to be inquisitive about things that he did not know about. Having befriended Richard's younger daughter, Amanda aka Little Miss (Davidtz) along with Richard's motivation, Andrew set out to learn and understand human beings. His ultimate goal to understand the non-mechanical creatures, and to be more like them, led him to the eventual path of evolving into one, bit by bit. The movie has a very deep and profound message attached to it with respect to humanity, human desires, slavery and emotions. The movie brings out these messages in a good fashion, however, its stretched and slow plot make this movie a slight drag to watch. The climax is indeed touching which does make you think deep about the various messages the movie brings out. Had this movie been shorter and perhaps more powerful, it would have been a more entertaining and enjoyable watch.

Thumbs up: Robin Williams and his outstanding performance
Thumbs down: Slow plot

Rating: 6.2/10
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