Denzel Washington, Kelly Lynch, Russell Crowe, Stephen Spinella,
William Forsythe, Louise Fletcher, William Fichtner, Costas
Mandylor, Kevin J. Connor, Traci Lords
1995, 105 Minutes, Directed by: Brett Leonard
Stop me if you have heard this one before: a dangerous killer
(played by Russell Crowe, pre-Gladiator!) is on the loose murdering
people wherever he goes. A disgraced cop, who is somehow qualified to deal with
the situation, is sent out to get the killer. Of course, it is personal: the
killer has murdered the cop's wife and kids . . .
is nothing new. What is new, is that it indulges in Brett
(director of the original Lawnmower
Leonard's partiality towards high-tech. The killer in this case
is basically a software program that is an artificial
intelligence composite of several serial killers and maniacs -
everybody from Charles Manson and Jeffrey Dahmer to the nut case
who killed cop Washington's wife and kids.
That cleverly resolves
the motivation bit. To paraphrase Jessica Rabbit, Sid 6.7 (the
piece of software in question's product release name) can claim:
"I'm not bad, I'm just coded that way." Sid 6.7 is also
the archetypal "unstoppable monster" since he escapes
his virtual reality imprisonment by gaining
"possession" of an android built with nano-technology.
of techno buzzwords aside, there is not much new to this affair
and one rather hopes that Leonard could have done something more
original with the material at hand.