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Dead by Midnight (1997)

TV Movie  -   -  Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  23 November 1997 (USA)
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John Larkin / Sam Ellis
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Lisa Larkin / Dr. Sarah Flint
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Dr. Armond Drake / Ben Hamill
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Dr. Jonas Reilly
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Detective Mackowitz
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Jeff
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Karen Ellis
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Hendricks
Benjamin Israeli ...
Rick Larkin
Jean Jenkins ...
Ruth Ann Bartzack
Matt McBride ...
Jared Larkin (as Matthew McBride)
Joey Miyashima ...
Mr. Mizoguchi
Mowava Pryor ...
Joan
Reese Purser ...
Arnold Strickland
Dennis Saylor ...
Billy
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Lame and uninspired
28 November 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

John Larkin is snatched from his home leaving his wife and children behind. He escapes his captors and tracks down his wife only to discover that she is a doctor playing the role of his wife, all his memories are false and implanted into his programming and that he's part robot being trained to infiltrate a government overthrow it and then lead the country the way his programmers desire. He also discovers that if he goes missing for more than 48 hours a programme will automatically shut him down and wipe his memory clean forever.

The overall plot for this has been done many times - part human part machine, realises what's going on and goes on the run - but it's been done better. Here it's all to predictable, too lazy and too boring. The story roles slowly along without going anywhere you don't expect and lacks any action, excitement or drama. It really is that poor - even though it less than 90 minutes it's difficult to get through it without getting bored. The story lacks any imagination and has nothing to make you think - even as the full extent of the conspiracy is uncovered it's still not exciting or even interesting.

The TV direction doesn't help but neither do the actors. Hutton overplays the coldness he imagines a robot would have and overdoes the jerky head movements at times - he doesn't convince as someone who would fit in, he looks like a robot throughout. Suzy Amis is OK as his wife but always seems like a deer with her big eyes and gentle smile. John Glover is too eccentric as Dr Drake and would be better suited as the villain if this was a spoofy comedy film, but he doesn't fit in here. Grant Heslov plays the helpful cop but really needs to sort out his eyes - does he really need to look that tired?

The film squanders good ideas and lacks any of the drama and tension that a film involving a guy being pursued by a Government conspiracy would usually have (enemy of the state?). It is consistently lazy in it's storytelling with thing like the cop turning up at the right place at the right time and explaining it by "I worked it all out". As if anyone would put together very basic clues to conclude that someone was breeding an android from an innocent man to become a killing machine! Also the ending relating to the memory loss is just so lazy that it's insulting to those of us wondering how the problem was going to be solved.

Overall a lame drama with no obvious redeeming features.


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