Late-90s robots in film and TV included a wide range of mechanical and android-like creatures. Humanity was the going theme for non-human contraptions in the 90s. Bicentennial Man showed Robin Williams slowly becoming human, while Star Trek First Contact had Data kissing a female robot.
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1999 Bicentennial Man. Based on Isaac Asimov's short story, “The Positronic Man,” this futuristic robot film features Robin Williams as Andrew, a domestic-household android robot “appliance” designed to serve humans with housework. But Andrew wants to become fully human, with the full range of human emotions and capabilities. Over his 200-year lifespan, he gets his wish. (Source: seduction.net)
I never saw the film in which Robin Williams played a robot but of course his performance would be even more relevant now that he's gone. It is a terrible shame, I agree. He was fantastic in so many films and will be missed!
The best robots that I have ever seen are those that are featured in some of the movies that were produced in the 1990s. To date, most of the robots that are featured in the films are rather ominous. Last year, I was attracted by the preview of a certain movie, especially by the fact that it had robots. I then bought the movie so as to entertain myself but top my surprise I was super bored. This is because the robots portrayed were just but a menace. I strongly support the fact that the best robot films are those produced in the 90s.
I always thought that he did a great job as Andrew... That plus the story line and slow evolution of his physical form on the screen in that movie helped to maintain the suspension of reality effect I love in good sci-fi.
I also like what they did with Robot in Lost in Space. It was modernize, but kept just the right amount of the original.
I never saw Virtuoscity, but I will soon as I can find it. Don't know how I missed it because I like Crowe... That wasn't a sleeper was it?
BICENTENNIAL MAN was a great movie and Robin Williams made a great job of it. The news of his passing is very sad indeed. He was such a talented actor, in my opinion, and I watched 'the angriest man in Brooklyn' several times since its release early this year. Considering it was themed around having a very short time left to live, I really hope he got to do the things he loved most. Will miss him...
Yes, it's interesting the perspective people had of robots during this time, if Hollywood is a mirror for public perception. Robots were deadly machines. It's so different than the uses we're finding for them today, thank goodness!
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