Welcome back to the ever popular 'Big screen Scaremongering' sessions, were we expose popular science fiction movies that we feel are damaging to human/robot relationships to drag there anti-tech messages up from the sub-conscious. Hopefully restoring a little faith in our 'future' rather then the usual doom and gloom we associate with it nowadays.
Today we are looking at the 1973 cult classic sci-fi/horror flick 'Westworld' by Michael Crichton.
Delos is a state of the art amusement park in which visitors pay $1000 a day to live out their fantasies in one of three different "worlds" populated by robotic citizens. The worlds include Roman World, Medieval World, and... Westworld. It is a great success until something goes wrong with wiring and the robots begin to go wildly out of control and attacking guests, while the scientists that control the park are locked in their underground headquarters.
Now, i like Westworld, Michael Crichton also created Jurassic Park, and watching the movie this time round that was apparent, in fact JP is just Westworld with Dinosaurs. I am great full that this was order of release, if Jurassic Park was the cult 70s tester for a Hollywood blockbuster of Westworld...much more damage would have been caused to the good name of science and technology.
Although the usual 'robots gone bad' plot, i found Westworld less offensive to our cause then the other studies. I think its because the plot is a little slow and the 'robots' are so life like they are played by real people.
I was going to just post the trailer, but found its one of those that show ALL the good bits, so instead Ive selected my favorite scene. As usual, watch and take note. I suggest you take time to watch the full movie, to develop you resilience to the anti-robot messages within it.
If you are short on time here is the link to the 'All the best bits' trailer.
Previous posts in this series.
Part 1 (Chopping Mall 1984)
Part 2 (Maximum Overdrive 1986)
Part 3 (Deadly Friend 1986)