Reviewed byambrosia_1Vote: 9/10/10
One of the biggest misconceptions about this classic scifi flic is thatit is set in "the future" where robots are prevalent.
Quite the contrary. The premise of the movie is a world in which thedevelopment of robots evolved at the same rate as that of the homecomputer, becoming every bit as common-place and mundane. This isrevealed in the opening scene where some small renegade field bots aredescribed as using an "8088 microprocessor", the most common Intel CPUused in all IBM desktop PC's that year (1984). If this were the future,the writers would likely of made up some fictional processor of thefuture rather than date the film with currently available technology.
The cars in the film are no more futuristic than cars of the same yearas the film, nor is the construction of any homes (no pools in theliving room or places to plug in your nuclear toaster). Only itemsrelating to computer technology are any different, and even that was nomore advanced that was was currently available at the time (though ofcourse what was DONE with that technology is pure fiction).
I think knowing this fact adds to the enjoyment of the film. Too manypeople seem disappointed that the movie doesn't seem "futuristicenough".
Reviewed byMr GhostfaceVote: 8/10/10
Whilst not expertly handled by director Crichton (yes, Michael Crichton),Runaway at least succeeds in being reasonably interesting and verywatchable.
It's one of those movies that succeeds in being very enjoyable withoutactually being that good. There is something very comfortable about thetoneof the whole film. Whilst most of the set-pieces could have been moretightly edited and paced, there is an undeniable consistency in the visualsthroughout. Coupled with this is an impressive electronic score by thelegendary Jerry Goldsmith, done in the same year as his beautiful work onRidley Scott's Legend, at which time Goldsmith was in the process of movingover to synthesizers.
Not great, not bad, just fine. Memorably throwaway.
PS Gene Simmons (from Kiss) makes a nasty-looking villain.
Reviewed byeeyoredVote: 7/10/10
Okay this movie is far from perfect. However, on a rainy day, or lazyweekend afternoon the movie is highly enjoyable.
Like a lot of movies it starts out great but gets a little silly towards theend.
What makes this movie is Tom Selleck. He is a very under-appreciated actor,who always seems to breathe life into the dullest of movies. Here he takeswhat could of been a much sillier movie and brings a lot of believability tohis role and to the story. Even if it is about robots goingnuts.
Michael Crichton directed this one, strange that he didn't write it as abook first, cause it is a great story. A little ahead of it's time whichmight explain it's poor performance with the critics and at the boxoffice.
Definitely worth checking out. Great Jerry Goldsmith score.
In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots... and his son becomes a target.