Short Circuit Reviews
Short Circuit manages to get by on the power of spirit and enthusiasm alone, which is itself another '80s stereotype. It's got energy to spare, plus absolutely no shame over its shortcomings, which makes it awkwardly endearing. Having said that, and appreciated it, the flick is often eye-roll bad, much worse than I'd remembered. Subtle like a bull on the warpath and cheesier than a Kraft dinner, I felt a little embarrassed for being such a fan back when I could still count my age on two hands. My sons, though, only a few years removed from that age themselves, adored it, so maybe there's something innocent and beautiful about that. I guess some films are best viewed in the memory banks.
Directed By: John Badham
Starring: Ally Sheedy, Steve Guttenberg
Plot: When a laser-armed Department of Defense robot named Number 5 gets zapped by a lightning bolt, he "malfunctions" and starts spouting peace slogans and developing a human-like consciousness. Naturally, the newly pacifist machine wants out of the military and escapes. As a frantic search for the creature begins, Number 5 settles down in his new home, with a gentle young woman named Stephanie (Ally Sheedy), who has every intention of holding on to her find, teaching Number 5 about popular culture and other mysteries of life. Thoroughly convinced that the robot is alive, she develops a strong bond with the creature. In order to prevent his capture by the military--who view Number 5 as an armed-and-dangerous weapon--the pair must convince his inventor, a reclusive scientist named Newton Crosby (Steve Guttenberg), that he is truly alive and more than just a metal machine. (Yahoo!)
Review: This movie is what the 80s were all about come up with an original ideal write a decent script get a star filled cast and make a pretty decent movie. I love this movie it has great comedy and emotional moments I find myself believing Number 5 is alive. This movie is in my top 25 must see films. One more thing this is a funny Steve Guttenberg like Police Academy not Crappy Guttenberg.
Recommendation: Rent if you can find it but if you love movies buy it you can find it for four dollars at most stores or ten dollars on Blu-Ray.
Interesting, The 80's had a very positive view of AI where as we seem to have developed a very "End of the World" view of AI.
That aside, a very fun and positive move that it still watchable today. Good job folks!