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Film Review - Futureworld
In the film Westworld we saw Hollywood play on a fear of over-dependence on technology. In Futureworld Hollywood plays on another of our fears from the 1970s: mistrust in big business.
Delos, the great amusement park where Westworld was set has re-opened. Delos has been completely rebuilt, and now in place of Westworld is Futureworld where guests can try out zero gravity, ski on Mars, and have sex with robots. (Screwing robots is a Delos tradition.)
Unlike in Westworld, nothing goes wrong in this film. The trouble isn't that the robots malfunction, it's that Delos has become the ultimate machine corporation. There are maybe 10 humans working at Delos; everyone else is a robot. Delos has decided that countries would be better run if they were like Delos, run by robots.
To that end, Delos begins to replace key lawmakers when they visit on vacation. Delos duplicates the guest, then the duplicate kills the guest and assumes their position in government.
Thank God for Reporters
Our heroes are news reporters who discover the conspiracy even as Delos is building replicas of them. You might think this a terribly tired cliche, but when this film was made, Futureworld was cutting edge on this "horrible corporation and aren't reporters really nice people" craze. Of course today, the news media has so tarnished itself and is, in fact, owned by the big horrible corporations, that no one would believe this film. Sad isn't it? We'll believe in robots easier than in an honest reporter who hasn't been corrupted by the system.
Again, like Westworld, Futureworld is slow in today's film market. It also looks like a TV movie rather than a feature film, as did its predecessor.
Directed by Richard T. Heffron
Released in 1976
MPAA Rating: PG
Reviewed by Mongo