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October 16, 2016
Interesting sequel though slow on action. Trippy dream sequence fantasy between Blythe Danner & Yul Brynner
½ October 11, 2016
This movie isn't without certain schlocky-seventies redeeming qualities, but it feels more like a TV-movie than a theatrical release, except for the sexual content.
½ August 10, 2016
A fairly decent sequel. Don't watch it with high expectations and you'll like it. Although there were a few fairly pointless subplots like the entire game show winner arc and the absolutely useless dream recording. For an older sci-fi movie, the movie looks good, on par with Logan's Run. Unfortunately they both had the misfortune of coming out right before Star Wars changed the genre forever. Overall it had a lot of interesting ideas, but most of them never got off the ground. I'd love to see this franchise rebooted as a movie franchise, and I plan on giving the TV show a chance as well.
February 25, 2016
Classic cheezy 70s SciFi! A must-see!
Super Reviewer
January 2, 2016
Very disappointing sequel that is best avoided.
July 22, 2015
Futureworld takes places two years later after the disaster at Westworld. Westworld is closed and replaced with futureworld and the other parks, and the resort now open to rich people only. This film deals with reporters trying to find out the mechanics behind the resort and confirm their suspicions of something larger going on. The ideas they play around with are interesting, and go beyond the mere purpose of pleasure, but rather replacing world leaders and rich people that vacation there with robotic versions. Sadly, the film really doesn't do enough to justify its significance. Even Yul Brynner as the gunslinger is shoved in here albeit a very bizarre fantasy sequence that doesn't make a lot of sense. It creates its own ideas, and tries to imply that its building off of what happened in Westworld, except it never really does, and because it sways off from what it set to do, I found little reason to care about what was happening. Futureworld as a sci-fi thriller isn't terrible, but part of what made Westworld great was how high concept yet simple it was. This film is proof that sometimes, it's better that we don't know more about something. Futureworld really didn't need to be made and is really just cash in off of Westworld.
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.
June 13, 2015
A sort of sequel to Westworld. Peter Fonda & Blythe Danner star while Yul Brynner has a brief cameo.
Less about the theme park and more about shady things.
Doesn't keep you quite as interested start to finish but as a whole it was still decent.
½ November 22, 2014
Long before Michael Crichton wrote "Jurassic Park" he wrote and directed the classic theme-park-disaster-film "Westworld," where customers were immersed in different world (Roman, medieval or the old west) populated by robots so debauchery and violence were perfectly acceptable and without consequence, that is until the robots go haywire and start killing the customers. Crichton had nothing to do with this sequel and it's pretty clear from the lack of interesting ideas. This time around Peter Fonda is and Blythe Danner are investigative reporters following up on what made the robots go kill crazy in the first film. It's all pretty dull, but Yul Brynner does make an appearance and there's also a young John P. Ryan and Stuart Margolin.
½ October 10, 2014
Do you remember that disaster at Delos a few years ago when the "Westworld" robots went out of control and killed a few guests? Well, the entire resort has now been rebuilt and redesigned to be completely fail-safe.

To combat the lingering adverse publicity, Duffy, the Delos representative, has offered the IMC Communication Network exclusive rights to the "New" Delos story. Tracy Ballard (Blythe Danner), the network's top commentator, has been assigned the story with Chuck Browning (Peter Fonda), the newspaper reporter who broke the original "Westworld" disaster story.

also stars Arthur Hill, Yul Brynner and Jim Antonio,

directed by Richard T. Heffron.
½ October 8, 2014
A decent sequel to Westworld. There's lots of really great ideas here. The ending is not completely satisfying but there are lots of awesome psychedelic visuals to enjoy. Yul Brynner returns in a pretty dumb cameo which was to be his last role.
½ October 1, 2014
Bad. And not amusing bad like Gamera vs Rodan.
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.
½ June 9, 2014
Jurassic Park minus the Dinosaurs and Spielbergs direction. Worse off due in part -........
May 21, 2014
Before knowing that this movie was a sequel of another one, more than pretty similar, I thought that was a small jewel of '70s sci-fi. My opinion is not much changed actually, I still believe is a great movie, but of course I also have to consider that I have still not watched the first chapter, and I'm really curious now, because here is reviewed much much better!
May 18, 2014
Disappointing low budget sequel to Westworld that doesn't do justice to the original story. The scene with Yul Brynner in it is downright silly.
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.
May 29, 2013
Two years after the Westworld tragedy, the Delos corporation owners have reopened the park following $1.5 billion in safety improvements. For publicity purposes, newspaper reporter Chuck Browning (Peter Fonda) and TV reporter Tracy Ballard (Blythe Danner) are invited to review the park. Just before the junket is announced, Browning arranges to meet with a Delos employee who promises he has dirt on the corporation. During the meeting, the tipster is shot in the back and dies after giving Browning an envelope. At the resort, guests choose from a range of theme parks: Medievalworld, Romanworld, and Futureworld (Westworld is abandoned). Browning and Ballard choose Futureworld, which simulates an orbiting space station. Robots are available for sex as well as amusements like boxing, where the
humans control robot boxers. They are guided through the resort by Dr. Duffy, who shows them the marvels of Delos, demonstrating that all the problems have been fixed. Chuck Browning is still not convinced that Delos has cleaned up its act. What Chuck and Tracy discover is beyond any of their imaginations...

My oh my... where should I start.. Let me first of all say that the foundation and idea of "Futureworld" is there. A corporation that replaces world leaders with clones to be able to use them to shape global opinons to their own advantages is of course a scary and intriguing futuristic point of view. The movie is based on what happend after the Westworld malfunction and the development of the "new" theme park. However, what "Westworld" had in vibe, action and excitement lacks in "Futureworld". The story tries to intertwine mystery, sci-fi and thriller elements with a satirical opinion, but succeeds only with the latter part. The dodgy B-Movie set up has tainted everything including a very poor acting achievement from predominantly Peter Fonda. He is plain awful. The campy dream sequence with Yul Brunnerīs The Gunslinger must have made him turn in his grave as this was his final film. Richard Eder panned the film in The New York Times, quoting Ballard's line from the movie, "This is about as exciting as a visit to the water works." Coining his own variation on the phrase, Eder also claimed the film is "as much fun as running barefoot on Astroturf". He found the film entirely predictable and devoid of much dramatic tension. Writing that Danner and Fonda have "absolutely nothing to do" in the film, he concludes that "starring in Futureworld must be the actor's equivalent of going on welfare." Futureworld was actually the first major feature film to use 3D computer-generated imagery (CGI). CGI was used for an animated hand and face. This does unfortunately not help the movie to sink like the Titanic..
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