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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Futureworld (1976)

Several years after the disastrous events at the Delos resorts (Westworld, Medievalworld and Romanworld) where robots ran amok slaughtering guests and employees, the resort entices two reporters (Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner) to the resort in the hopes that the publicity will inspire public confidence. However, the real motives behind the resort's invitation is much darker and dangerous. I found this sequel to 1973's WESTWORLD much more satisfying than its predecessor. Its protagonists are stronger and more interesting, its villains more realistic and its premise (borrowed from INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS) more disturbing than robots run amok. This sequel, directed by Richard T. Heffron, works as an action thriller as much as a science fiction film. The screenplay also allows for more character development, something sorely lacking in WESTWORLD, notably in the poignant relationship between an anti social employee (Stuart Margolin) and a dilapidated robot (James M. Connor). Even the underscore by Fred Karlin is better this time around. With Arthur Hill, John P. Ryan, Allen Ludden and briefly reprising his role from the first film, Yul Brynner.

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