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2.0 out of 5 stars Bland Sequel With An Uninspired Script., September 2, 2013
This review is from: Futureworld [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
No doubt this is a sequel to the popular "Westworld" (1973), but the direction this time around moves toward action thriller rather than the sci-fi/horror hybrid of the original. There are advantages to this change, but the uninspired script fails to capitalize on any of them. Thirty minutes in, the filmmakers should have realized they had a problem on their hands. The dull screenplay called for the two heroes to wonder aimlessly for an hour through an underground tunnel until finally some real conflict and adversity occurs in the final twenty minutes. By then, who cares what happens to the protagonists? The general plot could have yielded excitement and suspense, but instead the filmmakers obviously felt they had a solid cerebral thriller on their hands. Unfortunately, the end product suffers from a lack of urgency and tension. Actors Peter Fonda and Blythe Danner are likable, but they are asked to do too much here. Sometimes a lackluster script cannot be overcome no matter who stars in the picture. By the way, Yul Brynner's cameo is totally unnecessary to the plot. His appearance may have helped the studio promote this film, but frankly it does little else. Director Richard T. Heffron is due mild praise for at least keeping much of visual look of the first entry. Though watchable, "Futureworld" is a bland experience that is absent of genuine thrills and mystery.
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