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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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.
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! :)
In here we can understand the real range of this travel agency world, and for that reason, this is a must see before the series. Anyway, in terms of sci-fi, only the idea works in here, the execution is really poor, and the performances are quite bad, except Yul Brynner. The serie is quite better in everything
Didn't lose anything from its charm in 4 decades! This unique sci-fi thriller is a great debut for Crichton with only few too obvious moves, but many extraordinary scenes indeed. Acting is far from fireworks, but overwhelming, hitchcockian almost suspense, works very well throughout.