Film (1985). World Film Services/Columbia. Directed by Simon Wincer. Written by David Ambrose, Allan Scott, Jeffrey Ellis. Cast includes Mary Beth Hurt, Michael McKean, Barret Oliver, Josef Sommer and Kathryn Walker. 100 minutes. Colour.
D.A.R.Y.L. is a Data Analysing Robot Youth Lifeform but, when "he" (Oliver) wakes up Amnesiac in the woods, he thinks he is just a small boy, Daryl. Adopted by a pleasant family, he learns not to show his super-Intelligence and coordination too obviously (he is particularly superb at Baseball), and makes local friends, but then is located by the Scientists who made him, almost terminated by the military, escapes ... and so forth. There is a happy ending. This film is fairly obviously aimed at children and is competently and even engagingly made, but it never ignites; even those sf riffs proven successful by Steven Spielberg and here borrowed from him (most obviously – as in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial – the alien being sheltered in suburbia who undergoes death and resurrection) remain comparatively inert. [PN]
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