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in the future, robots will look like robots...with hats.

PG

Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner, Arthur Hill, John Ryan, Stuart Margolin

Tracy: You mean you’re sorry you fired me?
Chuck: No, that was because you weren’t a very good reporter.
Tracy: I was a kid out of college who happened to think newspapers ought to be more than dirt and bad news.
Chuck: That sounds like a line from an old movie…

A newspaper reporter, Chuck (Fonda), and a TV reporter, Tracy (Danner), team up to investigate what’s going on at a futuristic fantasy park.

You know, you’d think that if you were going to make a movie about a super advanced theme park with robots that are indistinguishable from humans, you’d want to set it in the distant future.  This movie, however, seems to be set squarely in the 1970s.  I think maybe they just couldn’t afford to make the movie look any more futuristic on whatever budget they had.

This is a slow moving film, which can be okay if the story and finale are worth it.  The basic story is alright, but it’s just not executed very well.  Plus, the ending is laughably predictable and relies too much on a character being stupid.

Fonda and Danner are both good actors, but it’s like they were going for some sort of 1940s, fast talking, His Girl Friday sort of routine.  It was a little too forced.

It does a good job of filling us in on what happened in Westworld (the movie this is a sequel to) and then puts a nice little twist on the continuation of the story.  But once we’ve gotten past that general idea, there’s not much to this one.  The action is far from compelling, the dialogue is overwritten, and it looks like a TV movie at times.

It’s not terrible, it’s just bland.  It’s called Futureworld, but everything in it looks like something straight out of the present…or past, now.

It’s the same lesson we’ve learned from many other movies and that humanity is going to have to keep learning:  DO NOT TRUST ROBOTS.

10 – 3 boooooorrrrrrring – 1 looks cheap and uninspiring – 1 for weak characters and dialogue = 5.0