Toys

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Like a colorfully overengineered gewgaw on the shelf, Toys might look like fun, but its seemingly limitless possibilities lead mainly to confusion and disappointment.

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A hi-tech toy factory falls into the hands of an army general who turns the models into killing machines. The deceased owner's children know what's afoot and, although apparently powerless, have to find a way of bringing down the nightmarish empire that is being constructed under their noses.

Cast & Crew

Michael Gambon
Lt. General Leland Zevo
Joan Cusack
Alsatia Zevo
Robin Wright
Gwen Tyler
LL Cool J
Captain Patrick Zevo
Donald O'Connor
Kenneth Zevo
Arthur Malet
Owen Owens
Jack Warden
Old General Zevo
Debi Mazar
Nurse Debbie
Mark Johnson
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Valerie Curtin
Screenwriter
Barry Levinson
Screenwriter
Hans Zimmer
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Adam Greenberg
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Critic Reviews for Toys

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (19)

Audience Reviews for Toys

  • Jul 28, 2012
    Getting down to the nitty gritty of the plot this is basically a blend of imagination taken from 'Willy Wonka', 'War Games' and strangely enough a few Charles Band movies I reckon. Maybe even some 'Pinocchio' and classic children's fairytales. All it involves is a surreal toy company run by some surreal people that make charming little toys (the kind of endearing little handmade stocking fillers) which is overtaken by the former owners brother and promptly used to make war toys. Its almost like a fairytale really, the nice old toy maker dies and leaves his company to his war obsessed naughty brother who abuses the gift. I'm sure as you all know by now this film is certainly not short on visual fantasy elements. The creativity in the film is really quite stunning and deserves much credit for design and construction. Some gorgeous sets with unusually fantastic colour schemes and backdrops. The toy factory is made to be as bizarre and wondrous as possible which leads to my comparison with 'Willy Wonka' and his marvellous chocolate factory. The later sequences in the plot remind you of 'War Games' in the fact all the toys end up going to computer controlled war with each other much like Charles Band and his dolls/puppets battling each other (visually). This is where the film gets too ridiculous and truly loses its suspension of disbelief. Until that point its a quirky fun pleasant ride with Williams up to his usual zany antics. Williams and Cusack fit this Dali-ish world perfectly really, that's not to say their performances are exactly great, more annoying to be honest, but could you see anyone else doing this craziness?. Gambon actually does well as the war crazed brother with a stiff upper lip. Drunk with power over the company and his war toys his fall is surprisingly fun to watch, silly but the fact he's a great British actor makes it worth while. LL Cool J...epic miscast. Everything about this film is plain weird right down to the location for the toy factory. Its a little uncomfortable in places really, unsure if that was done on purpose or not. There are nice ideas here and it could of been a really good children's bedtime story type fable but its overly long with not much going on. Its lavish but rather dull, plus its a bit jumbled and gets carried away with the surrealism.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2011
    Toys was a colorful, strange, peculiarly done movie. I sort of liked it. It's a seemingly simple story involving a toy company taken over by a weapons manufacturer. It's not really that simple because the family involved with the toy company includes two people who've never known anything other than toy land. Robin Williams' character is naive, but quick to figure things out when evidence of deception is blatant enough. The cast was phenomenal. Robin Williams, Joan Cusack, Robin Wright Penn, LL Cool J and Michael Gambon were all great. It's a fun film that is worth watching. If you don't like the first 15 minutes, change the channel. It won't become any more appealing.
    Jason C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    I really liked this movie when I first saw it, but seeing it again later, I thought it looked silly. The basic themes and the story are really good, though, and Williams gives a good performance too.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2009
    I surprised myself by watching this whole thing through. It was so boring that it took me a day and a half to get through it. Whenever it bored me too much, I pressed pause and did something else. I really liked Joan Cusack in this one. She is so adorable. The only good thing about this movie was maybe the visual spectable. There were great costumes and props but there was something sadly lacking in the storyline. Can't quite put my finger on it, though.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer

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