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..
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.
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.