This is a lighthearted little drama, the Fish out of water being the Thirties man in 1992. But it's also an unusual form of time-travel film.
By the time Tommy has grown up to be played by Roger Daltrey [ Highlander: TV series ] he is psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind. To compensate for this he is the ultimate pinball player!
Caan, using technology he's developed, tries to alter reality to suit himself. Haas' lawyer-cum-love interest, Lisa Bonet , may be the one who can save him.
The Greeks want revenge. Achilles [Stanley Baker - Where's Jack? ] is selected to lead their army.
We get a great 1950s technicolour battle, with hundreds of extras instead of relying on CGI. Excellent!
The programmers are a geek, a biker and an angry black man. Their manager is a a suit-wearing executive type, layed by Stephen Culp [J.A.G., Desperate Housewives]. The intern, Clea DuVall , is the only average one out of the group.
Unfortunately a power surge causes the monster to come alive and hunt them all down. That's all this really is - a predictable stalk-and-slash flick. It's light-hearted and very self-knowing, as the Julie Strain scene implies. The characters are stereotypes, but ultimately we don't mind. The film isn't kept back by its cheap and cheerful roots - the monster itself is worthy of Stan Winston, who [like Ms Camp] was a Producer on the film.
Our heroine, with the assistance of Illuminati leader Christopher Walken [ Batman Returns ] tries to hoodwink murderous Cardinal Jonathan Pryce [ Tomorrow Never Dies ] out of a priceless necklace destined for Queen Marie Antoinette [ Joely Richardson ].
Harvey Keitel [ Saturn 3 ] pops up as Harry Houdini. Ironic, since Houdini's real name was Herr Weiss ... Mister White!
The problem with this is, like all monster movies, it depends on the monsters to be scary and convincing. The Bats, the title characters, are unconvincing litle ruber-headed things. They're smaller than Gremlins and don't have claws - in other words, they're less threatening than the average house-cat.
The film is a hash of cliches and a few familiar faces. In an uncredited cameo, Brad Dourif pops up as a sleazoid Government creep responsible for creating the monsters - not entirely different from the role he played in Alien: Resurrection .
The climax fulfills all the standads of the genre. All in all ... This is the kind of film that Eight-Legged Freaks mocked so perfectly and yet also totaly out-did!
Truman [Jim Carey - Batman Forever, Big Fat Liar, Lemony Snickett ] lives in suburban America. He's a cheery sod with a perfect life. Too perfect. He never questions this until one day, he sees his long-dead father in a crows ...
Peter Weir has delivered some great work in the past, most notably his debut feature Picnic at Hanging Rock . With subtle references to The Prisoner and the works of Philip K. Dick , this really makes us question the nature of reality.
Natascha McElhone pops up as a well-intentioned helper who wants to show Truman
Nerdy scientist Tom Trimble [Dennis Dugan - The Howling ] gets trapped on a space shuttle which gets sucked into a time-warp and goes back to the time of King Arthur [Kenneth More]. Yes, Twain's Conneticutt Yankee at the Court of King Arthur gets another revamp.
Trimble is the victin of plotting by the evil Merlin [Ron Moody] and Mordred [Jim Dale - Carry on Columbus ]. However, since they're from the Dark Ages and he's literally a Rocket Scientist, he can use materials from his space-ship to MacGuyver up some gadgets. If anything, he's too good at building things - the robot he makes develops artificial intelligence and becomes afraid. It even tries to steal the love interest from him!