Lesson for all men who work with technology: Never leave your wife home alone with a AI computer gone wrong & wanting a child. Poor Christie had to dealt with that, yet the ending was very unbelievable to see. - This was Cammell's second film as a director & based on Koontz's novel, Christie is both fantastic & intense in this alongside Fielding's score chills you to the bone and got some 2001-like visual moments.
Proteus is obviously modeled after HAL from 2001, other than that this film avoids the grand expansiveness of that masterpiece. Insular and claustrophobic it tries to be and only succeeds part of the time. I just didn't find their home foreboding enough. I think someone like Cronenberg would have given this film that final oomph that is so dearly needed. It does walk that fine line between disturbing and silly.
Its hard to stomach late 60s/early 70s Sci-Fi. So much of it is embedded in counter-cuture philosophies that didn't achieve much in the greater scheme of things. But to look at outside of that, you have a fairly goofy sci-fi woman imprisonment movie that might give you some creeps in the end.
It has a pretty awkwardly-plotted first act, and is not without its cheesy moments. But once it hits its stride, it becomes a solid sci-fi/horror thriller, thanks Cammell's tense filmmaking, a solid central performance by Julie Christie, and some generally unsettling science-fiction ideas - even if it never quite reaches its full potential. Great score by Jerry Fielding.
A sci-fi/horror film in the tradition of Cronenberg or Polanski's Rosemary's baby, but instead of dealing with supernatural forces, it deals with the dangers of technology, how machinery can acquire its own will and start harming its creator in order to trascend their state, ala HAL 9000.
Scenes of vexations and torture, Jerry Fielding's score and a good performance by Julie Christie are the reasons to enjoy it.