Sunday, January 15, 2012

Runaway (1984)

Links: TVTropes, Wikipedia, IMDB (5.7).

When I want people to quake in fear before me, threatening to force them to watch this movie is one of the most surefire ways to do it. You have the "meh" protagonist acted by Tom Selleck, you have a mediocre villain portrayal from Gene Simmons of KISS fame (without makeup, i.e. mentally scarring us with his hideous visage), and you have Michael Crichton as writer and director of this film about Roomba-like household robots that suddenly start killing people. While this is a more competently filmed movie than, say, Zardoz, at least I enjoyed Zardoz for being the gloriously 70s camptastic mess that it is. This film feels like the sort of phoned-in drek that Cinemax might commission so they'd have something to run in the 3PM-on-a-Sunday-afternoon slot. All that said... it's not gouge-out-your-eyes bad: as much as I hate complimenting Michael Crichton (I am NOT a fan), there's some intelligent writing here, and the film makes a pretty reasonable attempt at sketching a plausible future. Score: 1 star out of 4 (BARELY).

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