Movies From the Hat VI #35 – Carl’s Pick – Westworld (1973)


This is my 3472nd Review

Thanks to Carl of Listening to Film for this recommendation.

“We aren’t dealing with ordinary machines here. These are highly complicated pieces of equipment. Almost as complicated as living organisms. In some cases, they have been designed by other computers. We don’t know exactly how they work. ” – Chief Supervisor

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Oct 2017)

Brief Synopsis – When a glitch happens in a futuristic amusement park where the guests get to feel like they are in the old west, ancient Rome or medieval times, the robots start to wreck havoc on the unsuspecting guests.

My Take on it – In some ways, it’s unfair for me to review this film after having seen the recent TV adaptation of this premise because it makes this film look and feel so archaic.

The basic idea does stay the same but due to the advances in technology, the new version is able to explore things so much more on deeper levels.

The overall premise is actually an amazing one and Crichton showed everyone his ingenious ideas with this novel that was eventually adapted by himself.  He also directed this film.

The technology of the 70’s looks pretty silly based on today’s standards but when taking into consideration when this was made, it is completely understandable as to what people back then much have thought.

The cast is quite good with Richard Benjamin, Yul Brenner and James Brolin all doing fine jobs.

The film seems a bit short because the ideas presented here could have been expanded so much more. (which it now has been with the TV show.

I probably should read the book this is based on one of these days.

Bottom Line – Probably would have been more entertaining if I saw this before I saw the recent TV series. The basic premise and ideas here are ingenious but the technology of the 70’s looks silly when compared to what they can do now.  Perhaps I will one day read Crichton’s novel that this is based on. The cast is also quite good here but the main problem is that when looking at today’s standards, things just aren’t as developed as they could be.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director John Carpenter based the “indestructable” nature of his killer Michael Myers in Halloween (1978) on Yul Brynner’s character in this film. Similarly, Arnold Schwarzenegger used Brynner’s performance as the basis of his performance in The Terminator (1984). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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3 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat VI #35 – Carl’s Pick – Westworld (1973)

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