Friday, 22 July 2011

Film Review - Bicentennial Man

Release: 1999
Director: Chris Columbus
Starring: Robin Williams, Embeth Davidtz, Sam Neill

I remember seeing posters for this on bus shelters when it came out. I was in college at the time, and remembered not really hearing any buzz about the film after. It was quite a few years before I saw it for the first time, and since then I think I've seen it another two times. It's a very enjoyable film exploring what it means to be alive.

As with all good robot films, it references Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics. Robin Williams is bought to be a service droid for Sam Neill's family, but quickly demonstrates his own personality and desires. After some investigation, Neill finds that his droid's personality isn't displayed by any of the same model, and its manufacturers believe it to be defective and think Neill is trying to return him. Robo Williams is quite put out that they think something is wrong with him, and goes on a mission to meet others of the same type to see if he really is the only robot with a soul.

Over the course of the film Robo Williams discovers love, human appearance and feelings, and eventually seeks to be recognised as a man. The epilogue of the film is moving, and really explores the human spirit and acceptance of death. Gets me choked up every time.



  1. That's all well and good but the big question is do we see any robot/human sex?

  2. Well he does get married, so maybe the wedding night is one of the special featuresWell he does get married, so maybe the wedding night is one of the special features