Monday, 12 June 2000
BACKLASH (aka JUSTICE), from Columbia/TriStar, was originally a made-for-TV movie. Directed by Joakim Ersgard, the thriller stars James Belushi, Charles Durning and Tony Plana in a tale of two lawyers on the run from drug-dealing mobsters and dishonest law officers.
BICENTENNIAL MAN, from Buena Vista Home Entertainment, is a 1999 adaptation of a short story by Isaac Asimov and a novel by Asimov and Robert Silverberg, directed by Chris Columbus. Robin Williams stars (with Oliver Platt, Sam Neill and Embeth Davidtz) as a robot who yearns to become more human, achieving his heart's desire in increments over two centuries. It's important to remember that Asimov is largely the father of modern robotic fiction - otherwise, BICENTENNIAL MAN looks a lot like a slowed-down, extra-sentimental episode of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION focusing on Data.