HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Take Me Somewhere Nice
Simon
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Gentlemen Broncos
To the Stars
Lady Godiva Rides Again
Angelfish
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, A
This is a Hijack
Loved One, The
Jumanji: The Next Level
Krabi 2562
Call of the Wild, The
Diary of a Country Priest
Sea Fever
Throw Down
Grudge, The
Green Man, The
Specialists, The
Convoy
Romantic Comedy
Going Ape!
Rabid
Infinite Football
Little Women
Camino Skies
Ema
Another Shore
Cry Havoc
Legend of the Stardust Brothers, The
Mystery Team
Westward the Women
Demonwarp
Man Who Killed Don Quixote, The
Chloe
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
Murder Inferno
Extraction
Overlanders, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Who Watched The Watchmen?
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
Hit for Ms: Mark Cousins' Women Make Film on Blu-ray
Look Sinister: The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse on Blu-ray
Star Wars Triple Threat: The Tricky Third Prequel and Sequel
I Can See for Miles: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes on Blu-ray
Too Much Pressure: The Family Way on Blu-ray
The Alan Key: Alan Klein and What a Crazy World on Blu-ray
A Japanese Ghost Story: Kwaidan on Blu-ray
The Zu Gang: Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain on Blu-ray
Reality TV: The Year of the Sex Olympics on DVD
The Young and the Damned: They Live By Night on Blu-ray
Mind How You Go: The Best of COI on Blu-ray
Der Kommissar's in Town: Babylon Berlin Series 3 on DVD
The End of Civilisation as We Know It: The 50th Anniversary
The Whalebone Box: The Andrew Kotting Interview
Being Human: The Elephant Man on 4K UHD Blu-ray
It's! Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 3 on Blu-ray
Put the Boot In: Villain on Blu-ray
The Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 2: Vic Pratt Interview
All the Lonely People: Sunday Bloody Sunday on Blu-ray
Desperate Characters: Beat the Devil on Blu-ray
Chansons d'Amour: Alfie Darling on Blu-ray
   
 
  Westworld Where Nothing Can Go Wrongg
Year: 1973
Director: Michael Crichton
Stars: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, Norman Bartold, Alan Oppenheimer, Victoria Shaw, Dick Van Patten, Linda Gaye Scott, Steve Franken, Michael T. Mikler, Terry Wilson, Majel Barrett, Anne Randall, Julie Marcus, Sharyn Winters
Genre: Science FictionBuy from Amazon
Rating:  8 (from 1 vote)
Review: There has been an advertisement playing on television recently that publicises a fantastic new holiday resort by the name of Delos. Delos has a unique selling point in that you can go there and actually live out your fantasies of existing in one of three "worlds": Medieval World, Roman World or Western World. This is brought about by the highly advanced robots that populate these places, so you can be sheriff of an American town in the 1880s, attend a Roman orgy, or be a King hundreds of years ago. The new guests are arriving, and John (James Brolin), who has been before, is bringing his friend Peter (Richard Benjamin) to experience the delights of Westworld for a week. At a thousand dollars a day, it had better be realistic, and it is... a little too realistic...

A surprise hit in the seventies, Westworld has one of those premises that cannot help but intrigue and excite the mind. It was scripted by director Michael Crichton, then best known as writer of sci-fi success The Andromeda Strain, and in its casting of Yul Brynner as the resort's menacing and persistent gunslinger, found an ideal personification of technology spiralling out of control. Much of the suspense in the first two thirds of the film derives from wondering when things are going to go horribly wrong, but in the meantime there's comedy, as when tourists become unlikely sheriffs or noblemen, and thrills, as when the robots act out movie clichés for the guests.

A scene early on provides the basic template for the rest of the drama. Peter is a meek and mild divorcée who, we suspect, still harbours feelings for his wife and misses his kids; he's more a downtrodden modern man than a convincing cowboy, in contrast to John, who is a macho man's man and fits right in. However, when the Gunslinger walks into the bar they are drinking in, he deliberately bumps into Peter, spilling his whisky and obviously spoiling for a fight. At first Peter is reluctant, but as the gunslinger goes on to insult him he draws all of his anger and pulls his gun on him, shooting him down where he stands. So it is that Peter gains his courage and masculinity.

All part of the fun of course, but you start to get the impression that the robots aren't going to take this abuse lying down. In the control room, the Chief Supervisor (Alan Oppenheimer) is becoming suspicious that all is not well and admits that as the robots were designed by computers, the humans don't really understand how they work! A little hard to believe, but like many of the script's implausibilities, you don't mind whlie you're watching and simply accept it. The first thing we notice that all is not well is when a robot rattlesnake bites John, despite its programming to the contrary; "That's not supposed to happen!" he complains bitterly, and that could be the tagline for the whole film.

There's an element of punishment for the human characters, as if they thought they could get away with their immoral behaviour just because they were dealing with machines. It's as if what they most want to do is, in the case of John, sleep with prostitutes and gun down lawmen, or in the case of another tourist, sleep with a robot who looks young enough to be his daughter, and the robots recognise the amorality of this. The last act has a undeniably thrilling chase with Peter fleeing the Gunslinger across the resort and finally into the corridors beneath it, and Brynner brings a welcome, sinister humour to his outwardly impassive role. Although not an expensive film, certainly not as expensive as Crichton's variation Jurassic Park, the strength of Westworld's central idea, that we ought to fear technology getting out of hand, carries it through. Music by Fred Karlin.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 5261 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
  Hannah Prosser
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
  Rachel Franke
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: