Release year: 1999
Director: David Kellogg
Screenwriter: Kerry Ehrin, Zak Penn, Andy Heyward (characters), Jean Chalopin (characters), Bruno Bianchi (characters)
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Rupert Everett, Joely Fisher, Michelle Trachtenberg, Andy Dick, Cheri Oteri, Mike Hagerty, Dabney Coleman
Kind-hearted security guard John Brown (Broderick) dreams of becoming a police officer. When his dream is fulfilled, it is not in the way he dreamed of. As part of an experienced made by robotic surgeon Brenda (Fisher) he is made into the very first cybernetic police officer. But evil men are after the technology used to create Brown’s alter ego: Inspector Gadget.
Based on the animated TV-series by the same name, this family-fun and adventurous movie perfectly catches the tone of the origin with Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1986) capturing the kind but clumsy John well. Everett (My Best Friend’s Wedding, 1997) plays his villain in the enthusiastic and colourful fashion which can only work in this type of movie and Fisher (The Mask, 1994) is utterly charming as the creator of Gadget and love interest to the man inside him. With a living, breathing Swiss Army knife, a cheeky talking car with an attitude and a bad guy with a claw, Inspector Gadget is a spectacle of fun and special effects ready to entertain the entire family as long as you don’t expect to much from it.
Even though there were more than 60 gizmos and gadgets grafted to John Brown’s body and appearance, the Inspector Gadget in the cartoon series said to have an estimate of 14,000 gadgets.
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