In writer-director Michael Crichton’s sci-fi thriller, a seemingly innocent excursion to a futuristic “Fantasy Island” turns deadly for two wealthy tourists seeking cowboy adventures in the island’s Westworld sector.
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More interesting in concept than in its perfunctory execution, this once outlandish fantasy is now puerile near-reality. Prescience aside, this is very plainly filmed - almost a television film in style - although in a way the very flat, straightforwardness is relief against any treatise on emotional cognition or artificial intelligence which would probably be half-arsed anyway. It is what it is and efficiently so.
A western sci-fi with a good premise that falls short of expectations with bad acting, bad editing and a few annoying comic relief moments. Hopefully HBO series will keep its core, adding the sci-fi aesthetics and the thriller tone it deserves.
The original Terminator. Cool concept, nice setting, memorable villain and a very straightforward approach to the storytelling. It hasn't aged badly at all, but it's also not a masterpiece. I can now understand why HBO is turning it into a tv show, cos it has a lot of room to explore.
Fact: People fear what they do not understand. Fact: People don't understand computers and are paranoid about them. Fact: The plot is somewhat ludicrous. Fact: This is a great movie. Etcetera, etcetera!
Historically interesting as one of the earliest depictions of a computer virus and an elaborate virtual world. But Crichton's body of work loses its lustre when the repetitiveness of his formula becomes painfully obvious: take something topically interesting then make it start killing people. Why malfanctioning robots always end up with bloodlust is a mystery. Can't they get obsessed with something else like movies?
It's a fun 1970's action flick that blends in two genres that often don't go together: sci-fi and western. While some technical aspects have obviously not aged so well and the writing has its flaws, the premise is so cool that it paved the way for many other films and the HBO show as well. I enjoyed this! :)