Dubbed “The Father of the Techno Thriller,” author Michael Crichton first established himself as a physician and lecturer before turning his expertise to books, films and television. Though he penned several books under various pseudonyms, Crichton emerged as a best-selling genre writer with The Andromeda Strain (1969). Shortly after Robert Wise’s successful film adaptation of that novel in 1971, Crichton moved into feature directing himself with “Westworld” (1973), a robot thriller set in a Western theme park. Over the ensuing decades, Crichton churned out numerous and eminently readable novels that tended to be plot-driven rather than character studies and made excellent fodder for screenplays; many of which he adapted and even directed. Perhaps his biggest success was penning the novel Jurassic Park, which was later turned into one of the biggest blockbusters in the history of film. Surprisingly pessimistic for bestsellers, his novels were meticulously researched and well constructed… read more
As a thriller it falls pretty short, with some major leaps in logic and suffering from a horribly prolonged and repetitive finale. But what makes it compelling at its best moments are a number of intriguing concepts regarding the media and technology, also Albert Finney and Susan Dey are likable as the leads. An incredibly flawed film, but also one of Michael Crichton's most interesting works as a director.