Futureworld Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ September 6, 2010
The cast may be good, but this sequel to Westworld is pretty much the same as the first, except it's slower and less exciting.
Super Reviewer
½ September 25, 2009
Not as good as the first but it?s still a pretty good sequel!
Super Reviewer
June 24, 2015
Strange things are afoot once again at the Delos resorts in the Westworld sequel, Futureworld. This time Peter Fonda and Blythe Danner star as two intrepid reports who are send to the Delos theme parks as part of a PR campaign to show off the newly upgraded and improved operations, including the addition of a Futureworld park; but they soon discover that things are a little too efficient and controlled. While Danner gives a good performance, the rest of the cast is rather bland. And the plot is pretty formulaic, with a lot of standard tropes about robots and evil corporations. A bit of a generic thriller, Futureworld is mundane and unimpressive.
Francisco G.
Super Reviewer
½ May 14, 2013
An unworthy sequel to Westworld, Futureworld is bland as hell.
There are no memorable scenes whatsoever, action sequences are something out of the 20s, actors all seem bored and don't deliver an gist of emotion, overlong, the plot despite having great ideas, doesn't go anywhere and so on and so on.

A complete miss and a bit of an insult to the original's extravaganza.
Super Reviewer
October 15, 2009
Peter Fonda plays a reporter who returns to the Westworld theme park, now Futureworld where it seems there was a might wee bit of unpleasantness, But that's all fixed now. Fixed now. Faxed now. Faxed cow. Haxed how. Black Sow. Hacksaw. Slackjaw. Aaaiiieeeeeeee!
Super Reviewer
February 20, 2009
Westworld is a better movie. It's more original. Yul Brynner is back for no good reason. He was creepy in Westword but here I think he's just in a silly dream sequence.
½ July 25, 2014
This sequel to "Westworld" suffers from a tremendous lack of fun that its predecessor had. This film has a decent premise that builds on the ideas from the previous film, but it is kind of stuffy, and the climactic end feels a little dull. The dream sequence that is shoehorned in just to get Yul Brynner a cameo as the Gunslinger felt unnecessary to the plot of this film. I liked elements of this movie, but it just lacked the fun spirit the first film had.
April 8, 2013
"Futurworld" is a sequel that's been getting the shaft since its release in 1976. After it's initial rental VHS release from Warner Brothers in the early 80s, it was later regulated to a crummy lower quality SLP tape from budget label Goodtimes Home Video and most recently a MOD (made-on-demand) DVD-R from MGM. Seriously, this sequel wasn't even good enough to warrant an official silver pressed disc only to become a member of DVD-R hell!? Well after all these years of studios trying to bury this sequel to the wonderful sci fi classic "Westworld" , it's due time to blow the dust off this now rarely seen film and see if it was really worth all the bad rep shoveled onto it.

Taking place a few years after the events of "Westworld", the corporation behind the futuristic vacation resort where people could relive history with human-like robots reopens but not all are happy. Due to bad PR caused their robots malfunctioning and killing all the guests, the company invites two journalists to the new resort in order to give glowing reviews to attract new vacationers. The shady corporation seems to have hidden agendas hidden up their sleeves and our journalists know too well and do their damn best to foil their plans.

What makes this sequel work is that it goes against expectations. This is not a suspense thriller where killer robots attack our guests. Instead it's a political cover-up with an espionage plot that, without giving too much away, includes replicating humans. This plot gives the audiences something fresh yet at the same time I believe audiences were alienated by it. They wanted to see killer robots, most notably in the form of Yul Brenner, chasing and killing people and that is not the dish they are served.

Though the plot intrigued me, what almost kills the film is an actor I have no respect for. His name... Peter Fonda. He is absolutely wretched as our lead and is miscast beyond belief. Him, along with his love interest Blythe Danner, show absolutely zero chemistry and together they are a disaster on screen. To top it off filmmakers felt obligated to give the audience Yul Brenner since he was such a memorable and pivotal part of the original. The problem is that he makes only a small, awkward appearance in an ultra cheesy dream sequence of our heroin that is guaranteed to induce laughter. Seriously why is she having a wet dream about a killer robot dressed as a cowboy? I'll tell you why... to give the audience a quick glimpse at what they were expecting.

"Futureworld" is a flawed film, but not nearly as bad as reputation would have it. If it weren't for the miscasting and unlikeable leads (not to mention the cheesy, length padding dream sequence ) then "Futureworld" might have gone down as a minor 70s science fiction classic. Despite the departure of original writer Michael Crichton, the filmmakers were still able to craft a smart film that goes against expectations, which for me is always a plus. "Futureworld" is definitely worth checking out for fans of "Westworld" and is deserving of far more than a crummy MOD DVD-R release.
April 3, 2010
In this sequel to Westworld, Blythe Danner and Petter Fonda are eagle-eyed reporters invited to the notorious vacation resort Delos (the one where 'nothing can possibly go wrong'), where the robot actors went crazy and wasted all of the guests Now everything is under control, perhaps too much so.

Overall, not bad for a science fiction film although Futureworld is no Silent Running or 2001, and the movie lacks the acting talent of its predecessor (sexy James Brolin was blown away in the first.) The script took a few shortcuts but offered some memorable scenes such as a veiled rape fantasy with Blythe Danner being pursued by a robotic Yul Brynner (kinky), and Fonda and Danner combating doubles of themselves.

Danner and Fonda investigate the death of a Delos tipster and try to determine why so many world leaders are flocking to take a simulated trip to Mars and have robot sex. Cute, fun to watch, and even with the alluded-to rape fantasy, family friendly enough to keep your visiting nephew and niece out of your hair on Saturday morning without the stupid story lines and gimmicky CGI of movies like Avatar. Now streaming on Flixster.
February 11, 2010
I have not seen Westworld so I don't know if it is anything like the first but I was pleasantly pleased with this film. The plot was really interesting and the acting was decent. I really liked all the diffirent worlds that you could visit. It was cool how they had all the costumes that you could change into in the Medival world. It was cool how all the robots in the world were run by robots. Everything was pretty awesome except when Tracz runs down the stair to tell Chunk that she had a bad dream. It was a pretty pointless scene since we had seen the people dressed like imperial guards from Star Wars take them away. The costumes were pretty stupid for the medical people. I liked Harry and I wish he didn't die, I bet Clark is all alone know. I didn't understand the scene where Tracz is hooked up to the brain wave machine, I guess it had something to do with the first movie. I liked this movie because it had a diffrent plot instead of robots just trying to take over the world.
November 9, 2007
maybe as good as westworld but probably not that good i give 3 stars for petter fonda giving the guy the finger at the end
May 9, 2008
Very different movie. It was little wierd, but its a movie to watch on tv. It was filmed in the 70s, so it's little different.
½ October 15, 2007
Not as enjoyable as Westworld, but still slightly interesting. Fonda and Danner are what make this slightly better than it really is. The story is basically a retread of Westworld, even down to the inclusion of Brynner. (Wouldn't they have left out the deadliest of robots when they reopened the place?) But, it is still cool to see him marching around with hatred in his glowing eyes.
Super Reviewer
June 24, 2015
Strange things are afoot once again at the Delos resorts in the Westworld sequel, Futureworld. This time Peter Fonda and Blythe Danner star as two intrepid reports who are send to the Delos theme parks as part of a PR campaign to show off the newly upgraded and improved operations, including the addition of a Futureworld park; but they soon discover that things are a little too efficient and controlled. While Danner gives a good performance, the rest of the cast is rather bland. And the plot is pretty formulaic, with a lot of standard tropes about robots and evil corporations. A bit of a generic thriller, Futureworld is mundane and unimpressive.
½ October 1, 2014
Bad. And not amusing bad like Gamera vs Rodan.
½ June 9, 2014
Jurassic Park minus the Dinosaurs and Spielbergs direction. Worse off due in part -........
½ March 23, 2014
The company that brought you the original vacation package from hell has returned to offer 2 reporters, Fonda & Danner...amongst other dignitaries, an all expenses paisd package in return for some good publicity but, is a more sinister destination at hand? This one takes off in a decent direction but, overall is missing the charm and realism that made the original such a classic.
½ June 30, 2013
Disappointing sequel to Westworld that is at its best when trying to ape the original. The main plot though is dull and the climax uninvolving and tedious.
June 12, 2013
This film is utterly disappointing. I will get the good points out the way first. Fonda and Danner act well in the film and the creepyness is very well done with brilliant sound and a claustrophobic sense from inside the tunnels. The sets are impressive for the most part and the robot effects are very well implemented. Now for the bad points, the script is dire with characters such as Ron who is set up in the beginning (only to tell people its the sequel to Westworld we are watching) and then removed from the movie halfway through to focus on the main characters. The plot surrounding identity is laughably done with no mystery. The film could have made the clones of Fonda and Danner mess with the real humans and integrate the movies message of 'Is this you or are you you' but no the clones never really pose any frightening questions as the main characters find out that they have clones instead of keeping it a mystery. The robot (Clark) is shown to have emotions and knows how to cheat which is never explained with Harry saying that the robots only do what they are programmed to do and Clark very clearly does not follow these rules which would have made a more fascinating movie in itself. Harry's (Margolin) death is brushed aside with no mention by the main characters despite helping them escape and apparently befriending the main characters. Danner dreams about a sexual relationship with Yul Brynner's cowboy robot despite having only seen him once in the recap of the earlier film at the start and is obviously just a way of shoehorning Yul into the cast. Fonda has little to no reaction to Danner dreaming about a relationship with a robot she has never met and shrugs it of like a bump on the knee. The ending ties up the fact that some of the world leaders are doubles quickly and cheaply giving no payoff. The other world besides Furtureworld are glossed over (as is future world in some aspects). Westworld remains intact despite Medievalworld and Romanworld having been removed (supposedly). The death of the clone or Fonda could have set up a 'is he the real one' moment but is again shoved out the way and it is revealed that the real one survived despite being weaker than the clones/robots. The female clone survives being shot and gives off sparks, despite the Dr stating that the clones are completely human. Cloning now somehow generates telepathy. Dalos has become an evil company all of a sudden which is interesting but is never hinted in the first movie and feels like an excuse just to make a sequel rather than a proper plot point. The paranoia of all the people being robots is never fully utilized. The other guests never flag up that Fonda and Danner are missing despite them being high profile guests. The use of clones to generate good press for Dalos is pointless as if they had just acted as if everything was normal and stopped them from wandering off then they would have written good press anyway meaning that they would not have had to waste money on genetically cloning journalists, or if they were afraid that the journalists would write bad press because of their suspicions then why didn't they get journalists who were less suspicious. The robots are shown in the bar scene to be working for the company when teh picture Fonda has is taken by the robot but the rest of the robots apart from the guards and samurai do not pose a threat to Fonda, Danner or Margolin. The love between Danner and Fonda seems to materialize out of nowhere. Harry and the murdered employee have little to no back story and Harry seems to convert from strictly no giving away information to blabbermouth quickly. Harry seems to workout how to bypass teh system to get in the secret room very quickly considering he has tried to get in on many occasions. The company does not really state why they have Harry around if they rely on robots due to human mistakes and whether there are more humans working in the resort as Harry is shown to be the only workman besides the dead man at the start. Surely Dalos can stop there own train and stop Danner and Fonda from leaving. Danner and Fonda are very quick to come to the conclusion that they are both human when so are the clones who also think alike.
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