SHORT CIRCUIT 2

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SHORT CIRCUIT 2. Kenneth Johnson, dir. USA: Tri-Star, 1988.

Written up by Gary Kimber in Cinefantastique 18.5 (July 1988): 4 f.; rev. briefly but favorably by Allen Malmquist in Cinefantastique 19.1-2 (Jan. 1989): 118. Includes some serious comedy concerning the humanity of a robot with AI, complete with appropriate allusions to R. Descartes on his existence and William Shakespeare's Shylock on his humanity. Final sequences have a comically (cyber)punkified Johnny 5 chasing criminals; film ends with a clean-cut Mr. Johnny 5 taking the oath of allegiance and proclaimed the first robot citizen of the USA. See under Fiction, I. Asimov, "The Bicentennial Man."