Futureworld (1976) - Sci-Fi, Thriller

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91

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Upon uncovering the dirty secret of futuristic theme-park Futureworld, an ex-employee is killed after he tips off two other reporters who decide to do an undercover investigation.

IMDB: 5.8
Director: Richard T. Heffron
Stars: Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner
Length: 108 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 19 out of 64 found boring (29.68%)

One-line Reviews (68)

Yul Brynner does show up briefly, but in a contrived appearance.

intriguing sequel premise .

So it's interesting and intelligently made (how many movies can you say that about), but just too dull to really score.

Actually, this is a deserving sequel, with some great elements, and an intriguing story.

They did come up with a different plot, the script is intelligent and seemingly plausible, but the film is very dull.

Horribly predictable.

How exactly would one do that and how could it be considered remotely entertaining?

However, this sequel is an unworthy followup, with two dull leads in Peter Fonda and Blythe Danner, as well as a God-Awful wasted cameo by Yul Brynner...

The mistake that I made was seeing somewhat confusing "Futureworld" before I saw the understandable "Westworld", so it was a little hard to follow what was going on.

The dialogues are humorous (in a good way -- I can understand why HBO fished out the Westworld series from the ancient void of movie irrelevance in the first place since what we get here is contemporary banter, sex-bots of all sex organs for everyone, and a wee bit of android free will philosophy, which indubitably all of us love) but everything else, including the execution of plot twists, dreadfully insipid pacing (boredom followed by something that actually passes for "not bad" dialogue then switching back to Plan 9 from Outer Space-grade SFX action or whatnot), character interaction, "romantic" subplot, is laughable (in a bad way), save for the touching heartfelt relationship between Bernard (I mean "Harry") and the faceless android named Kent which was shown in a positive light the entire time even with all that cheesy cartoonish tone to it.

Exciting, popcorn thriller lifts elements from INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS very effectively.

While this film is certain not to be a "classic" in any sense of the word, it is entertaining in the worst way.

Overlong, unimaginative, boring sequel to Westworld has reporters Peter Fonda and Blythe Danner visiting the re-opened Delos amusement park to see if the new management has gotten all the murder out of its androids.

The first 20 minutes of this movie is a little dull (outside of the game show intro - Let GO of the DAMN CHECK !!!

The worst movie ever .

Interesting but, ultimately, dull .

He's quite brilliant, and by far the best thing in the movie, reminding us of the classic scenes he had in the first film, but he's gone before you know it and the film lapses into boredom once more.

Quite interesting and entertaining sequel has some good ideas and nice direction by Richard T.

The story isn't as gimmicky and less than casual, by intertwining between mystery, sci-fi and thriller elements with a strong satirical, if paranoid vibe building upon its suspenseful groundwork.

"Dellos" bound reporters Peter Fonda and Blyth Danner encounter deep, dark secrets and creepy, clandestine plot devices in this rousing sequel to its more well-connected cousin, Westworld.

The acting is over the top, the scenery is mundane, and the concepts have been done before and since, with much better results.

The script is boring, focus on long, talky dialogue sequences and almost totally omitting any action or interest altogether.

As someone pointed out, "Futureworld" is a nice companion piece to "Westworld," and on that level, it's fairly enjoyable despite its flaws.

"Futureworld" is an entertaining look at the somber world of sci-fi cinema prior to "Star Wars" .

With that said, I think the film takes way too long for this story to take place as it really doesn't start to happen until around the 70-minute mark or so and so much of that early running time has us sitting there just waiting for something to eventually take off.

The biggest problem for me was Peter Fonda, an actor who has developed somewhat interestingly over the years but who sometimes seems like little more than a dull pretty-boy in his early films - a less-talented Robert Redford perhaps.

Clark seemed pretty harmless, but I was waiting for an exciting moment at the end of the movie when he revealed his true, merciless character (The Gunslinger)!

The reporters go to Futureworld where they are promised such exciting activities as skiing the Martian slopes (which turns out to be regular snow shot through a red gel) and riding an asteroid (?!

The story, which owes a lot to "The Stepford Wives," is dated but still engaging.

Not Futureworld, my nominee for the worst movie of all time.

Anyway, FUTUREWORLD also lacks the hammy-but-enjoyable presence of Richard Benjamin, who made WESTWORLD so much fun.

The film also has a good look going for it thanks to art director Trevor Williams and cinematographers Gene Polito and Howard Schwartz; the rousing music is courtesy of Fred Karlin.

It injects enough difference to be a compelling sequel.

Thanks to an employee, Harry(Stuart Margolin) who works most of the water systems of Delos(the androids have the weakness of not being able to withstand liquid for it fries their electrodes and inside circuitry) Chuck and Tracy find that Schneider is creating duplicates from the cells of those who make their way to Delos, tapping each's drink with sleeping medication while they are being probed and scanned of what makes them human while immersed in a deep sleep.

Judging "Futureworld" on its own merits, I found it to be a mildly entertaining slice of 1970's sci-fi.

Unfortunately, the execution of this film is diabolical, making it near unwatchable.

Still, this is pretty entertaining stuff that benefits from very good performances.

The two leads are dynamic and show a sense of humor ,even if it sometimes ponderous as in the scene when the journalist tries to seduce a robot (she thought he was a human,mind you,probably gay).

That said, Futureworld is a good film in itself, if the first half is a little slow(especially for modern viewers, I'm sure).

As it turned out this movie was rubbish, and pretty boring as well.

It's boring and bad and positively hideous.

Tortuously slow, has almost no relation to Westworld other than they both take place in the future and have pleasure robots.

The first half builds up to the intriguing premise.

Quite entertaining to see a big name Hollywood actor reduced to cameo roles in crappy movies to pay his rent at the Sunset Blvd Motel 6.

While Fonda might be very bland in the lead, his situation is what grips you.

Other, brief elements include the (very) early use of some computer effects, a brief and tacky action sequence in which our heroes are attacked by a trio of Japanese robots (I don't know what's worse, the appalling fight choreography or the fact that the Japanese are played by western actors with rubbish 'slant-eyed' makeup), a supposedly exciting climax in which the leads come up against robot versions of themselves, and a surprisingly brutal stabbing in a film that's otherwise been made for kids.

And some of the ideas that were in this film have crept into the new series, which makes that just as wholly enjoyable.

Fonda gives more or less the same performance he gave in Jack Starrett's 'Race With The Devil', while Yul Brynner's 'Gunslinger' appears only in a pointless virtual reality sequence.

The pacing is deliberate, and things never really build to a fever pitch, which could disappoint those viewers hoping for a more exciting experience.

This sequel was kind of pointless and defied logic and reason.

Totally paranoid and terribly exciting.

The film gets stimulating in parts , action , chilling twists , thriller , suspense and results to be quite entertaining .

A fairly uninteresting sequel with a very poor first half and a second half that is badly delivered .

A cameo from Yul Brynner just seems to be totally pointless and resulting in his entire scene just being stupid.

Dull .

he revamps his formerly effective "robot gunslinger" into the form of a sickeningly contrived love fantasy of Danner's.

The story seems muddled and never really goes anywhere, with the focus being on two of the dullest leads I've seen in a film, a pair of reporters played by Peter Fonda and Blythe Danner.

The film is 16 minutes longer than the snappy Westworld, and its runtime is built up by dull chases, which are padded with even duller incidental music.

Absolutely pointless.

Heffron has made an entirely believable scenario which creates the whole images seem admirably exciting , being first live-action movie to use computer-generated 3D imagery .

Here are my complaints: Two bland lead characters about whom I couldn't care less.

FUTUREWORLD is a bland, uninteresting sequel to one of my favourite science fiction films of all time – Michael Crichton's WESTWORLD, a movie I can watch over and over again without ever getting bored.

This is more interesting from the boring Westworld 1973 And play Peter Fonda (rest in peace Peter)

So we're treated to the worst shoot-out scene in history when Danner fights it out with her double in the ruins of Westworld and Fonda is chased all around the complex by his double in the most tedious and unexciting sequence I've ever seen in a big budget action movie.

" or because our bland hero says they are.

There are also a number of impressive "industrial" sets--full of piping, cables, large machinery and such, in which Heffron sets a number of exciting action sequences, one remarkably prescient of the climax chase in Total Recall (1990).

But ,although the movie borrows from other works (notably " invasion of the body snatchers" (1956,1978,and another remake in the nineties) for the last sequences ,it's quite entertaining.

Ryan as stiff and humourless scientist Dr. Schneider, Jim Antonio as upbeat guest Ron Thurlow, and the highly engaging Stuart Margolin as blue collar worker Harry, with bit parts played by the likes of Robert Cornthwaite, Darrell Larson, John Fujioka, and 'Password' host Allen Ludden.