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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..
½ May 18, 2013
A half-assed lame attempt to capture the first films appeal.
May 18, 2013
Not as good as WESTWORLD, but Yul does return briefly.
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.
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.
February 7, 2013
After Westworld (1973) proved to be a big success, producer Paul Lazarus III wanted to do a sequel, but Michael Crichton and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer said no to doing one. However, Lazarus took it to American International Pictures, who loved the idea and immediately greenlit it. While the film isn't as good as the original, and it does lack the action of the original, it's central premise is quite interesting. After learning their lessons of what happened a few years previously, the Delos Corporation invests over $1.5 billion into making their park work with stringent safety measures to ensure this doesn't happen again. For publicity purposes, they invite newspaper journalist Chuck Browning (Peter Fonda) and TV reporter Tracy Ballard (Blythe Danner) are invited to spend a few days at the park, and see if they like the improvements Delos have made to the park, which includes space themed park Future World. But, they discover a sinister plot by the parks staff, and they're saved by mechanic Harry (Stuart Margolin) when they find someone is out to get them. It's a slower, more character driven film than Westworld, even Yul Brynner reappears as the Gunslinger in a surreal dream sequence, but it wasn't all bad, as this was also the first film to use CGI and the first American film to be shown in Communist China. Not all bad then.
½ February 2, 2013
good film, didnt think it was as good as westworld but still very enjoyable
½ January 22, 2013
Not a bad film. I haven't seen Westworld, but this sequel felt like the sequel Jurassic Park: The Lost World should've been. Some very nice moments and sci-fi ideas. This was back during the thinking man's era of 70s sci-fi movies. I miss them. But SPOILER ALERT I love even more the more modern happy ending is here and not some bleak one. One of the best feel good moments ever!
½ October 21, 2012
An intriguing sequel to 'Westworld' (1973) that might not match its predecessor's thrills, but is nonetheless a competent cat-and-mouse tale, with likeable leads Peter Fonda and Blythe Danner conveying enough chemistry to have us cheering for them. Creative set designs and excellent special effects (it was the first feature film to contain CGI) also make this a visual treat, but it was panned by critics and unloved by moviegoers upon its initial release.
July 8, 2012
Fascinating movie. great score. Started slowly.
½ April 22, 2012
IMHO. a bit better than the film that preceded it. Nice location shoot in one of my favorite places, Houston, TX. Really enjoyed Blythe Danner's performance.
½ April 1, 2012
a nice story with robots planning to take over the world. a good way to waste 100 mins
March 23, 2012
Just a big piece of garbage. Thrown together and quite pathetic.
½ January 28, 2012
Knowing this is a sequel now, I am kinda disappointed I hadn't seen the first, which is Westworld. Otherwise, I did understand why so many critics didn't like this film. The acting is pretty awful and in most ways this just makes it into the B-movie category. It's cheesy as heck, but I did love it for what it was and it is a very relaxed and interesting film. The depth of this story is lacking, though, and possibly a remake may be in order, although, there has been movies recently that have some small elements that could have been borrowed from this 76' film.
January 1, 2012
After watching the great Westworld recently I thought I would check out this sequel, now I had heard terrible things about this film l but went into it with an open mind. The Critics were right its shite! To be honest it starts off quite well explaining what happened after the robots went mad in the original, but as the film continues its just descends into crap, Yul Brenner who was a ruthless robotic cowboy killer in the original, is brought back for a romantic dream sequence, what really where they thinking and then when you think it cant get any worse the ending is diabolical, its all sorted out in a phone call! The actual film is well made its just the script is utter crap, a very wasted opportunity, Peter Fonda you should of known better!
November 26, 2011
so bad, it's funny. What in the name of Peter Fonda's balsa wood acting were they thinking?
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