For $1,000 a day, vacationers can indulge whims at the theme park called Westworld. They can bust up a bar or bust out of jail, drop in on a brothel or get the drop on a gunslinger. It's all safe: the park's lifelike androids are programmed never to harm the customers. But not all droids are getting with the program.
Disaster at a futuristic theme park
- Westworld review by RP
In 1993 the film 'Jurassic Park' told a tale of disaster at a futuristic theme park; it was based on a novel by Michael Crichton, who also wrote the screenplay. Michael Crichton must like the storyline, because 20 years earlier in 1973 he wrote and directed the film 'Westworld' about - guess what - disaster at a futuristic theme park. I remember seeing it at the cinema waaaaaaaay back then, and viewing it today some 40 years later it's still pretty entertaining. It tells the tale of two men who go on holiday in the Western-themed Westworld theme park, part of the virtual reality Delos holiday complex. Here they can have gunfights with impunity, because the local residents are all androids. But a computer error causes the androids to go rogue and the gunplay becomes a deadly reality. The star of the film is Yul Brynner who plays an implacable robot gunslinger. The film is spartan in its special effects, and perhaps because of this it has aged fairly well – it is clearly dated, but the story remains quite fresh even though it has been done to death in later films. I enjoyed it in 1973 and again in 2012 and rate it at 4/5 stars. Give it a try.
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The ancestor of the Terminator
- Westworld review by Big Bob
You can see so many influences in this film that were borrowed in later productions. Yul Brynner is fabulous as the robot gunslinger. Some of the story is a little disjointed, and the effects are of their time, but this is top notch 1970s sci-fi. If you like films such as The Stepford Wives (original), Soylent Green, et al. then you will probably enjoy this too.