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

PG   |    |  Family, Sci-Fi


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A seemingly normal young boy turns out to be a top secret, military-created robot with superhuman abilities.


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  • Michael McKean and Barret Oliver in D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
  • Amy Linker in D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
  • Barret Oliver in D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
  • Barret Oliver in D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
  • Kathryn Walker in D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
  • Steve Ryan in D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)

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28 March 2008 | theycallmemrglass
8
| Under rated 80s classic children's film
I cant help feeling that Daryl could well have been a young Jason Bourne. Synopsis: A military experiment lab loses its super enhanced human subject to the outside world who is now suffering from amnesia while the military hunts him down. Sounds familiar? Daryl got there first but thinking about it, there is no reason why the Bourne trilogy cannot be seen as unofficial sequels to Daryl. But enough of that. I remember loving this film when I first saw it 20 years ago so when I watched it again I expected to find it dated and perhaps much of the magic gone. The opposite happened. I was spellbound. It is somewhat dated but that simply adds to the charm as the 80s was the epitome of childhood innocence, wonder and mischief before the internet age came along. What elevates this film above most children's films is the abundance of heart, soul and values of friendship. All the actors play their part with natural aplomb and it has to be said that Barrat who plays the boy robot with human emotions, was played to perfection. Mckean plays the foster father delightfully (although has a frightening resemblance to ex UK Prime Minister Tony Blair). The film is sprinkled with humour throughout particularly with Turtle teaching Daryl how to behave and how to deal with adults! There is no action in the first three quarters of the movie (apart from a brief car chase at the start). Instead we are invested in the characters and relationships so that we truly care about them by the time the thrilling final act kicks into gear. And boy, is the last act so exciting, with perhaps the best car chase I have seen in any children's film and a climactic action finale that I can only conclude Die Hard 2 stole from! Daryl is an under rated 80s classic.

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