Watch: Futureworld 1976 123movies, Full Movie Online – Two reporters, Tracy and Chuck, get a message from a third one who discovered something about “Futureworld” and was killed before he could tell anyone about it. They visit Futureworld to find out what he knew..
Plot: Two years after the Westworld tragedy in the Delos amusement park, the corporate owners have reopened the park following over $1 billion in safety and other improvements. For publicity purposes, reporters Chuck Browning and Tracy Ballard are invited to review the park. Just prior to arriving at the park, however, Browning is given a clue by a dying man that something is amiss.
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“Welcome to the World of the Future!”
Westworld was the film that put Michael Crichton well and truly on the map as a writer and sometime director to watch out for. His story of an amazing theme park gone wrong was revisited twenty years later, only with raptors in the place of cowboys. It could have been revisited a lot earlier, had Futureworld been a lazy, hurried sequel to it’s successful predecessor. Instead the filmmakers produced something entirely original that stands on its own with no prior knowledge of the first film necessary to the average viewer.
The film begins two years after the disaster at Westworld, with the newly improved theme park Delos ready to open its doors again to the rich and influential public. Peter Fonda however smells a rat, and following a tip-off that all is not well he takes a holiday there himself, with his ex-girlfriend and fellow journalist in tow. Of course it would be a short and uneventful film if he turned out to be wrong, so he doesn’t. He’s right. In fact, things there are worse than he thought, but I won’t give it away here. Suffice it to say that it’s not only the robot technology that has improved at Delos.
Futureworld plays on the question that audiences raised following the release of Westworld – can you have sex with these robots? The answer is yes, and whilst we’re not shown any (this is a family film after all) both the robots and some of the guests discuss it openly. One even quips “Once you’ve had sex with a robot, you’ll never go back!” If Futureworld was a real place, the implications would be scary indeed.
This film seems to have attracted a lot of negative reviews which surprises me, as I felt it was a well paced science fiction thriller. It was produced by American International Pictures, with Samuel Z. Arkoff at the helm, and as such it is a very slick looking film on a very low budget. It never looks cheap, despite some of the costumes looking a little too theatrical. And why shouldn’t they? After all, it’s a holiday camp, not a re-enactment society.
I would recommend Futureworld to anyone who is a fan of Westworld, or of seventies science fiction in general. I would imagine if you’re reading this you probably fit into the latter category!
It can’t happen again… could it?
Coming a couple years after its predecessor “Westworld”, the rebooted sequel “Futureworld” is a grade up with a better budget and larger scale production that’s just as inventive, if not as clunky as the original. Still I prefer the first a film a little more, as it seemed a bit more enjoyable in its escapism and idea but this one remains a diverting fantasy. The difference here is that the concept is virtually the same, but the angle focuses basically on the things going on behind the scenes at the Delos Corporation, than that of the experiences of their themed vacations. Newspaper reporter Chuck Browning and TV presenter Tracy Ballard, along with some other important guests are invited by the Delos’ corporation to attend their re-opening of their theme parks, which is larger and better run to hopefully rid the air of the disaster that occurred years ago at Westworld. However Chuck questions what’s really going on and decides to nose around digging up anything that doesn’t seem quite right.
Quite a solid, if mechanical follow up, which has a committed cast (Peter Fonda, Blyth Danner, Arthur Hill, Stuart Margolin and a glassy John Ryan in a villain role) and very well executed special effects and implemented set-designs. The story isn’t as gimmicky and less than casual, by intertwining between mystery, sci-fi and thriller elements with a strong satirical, if paranoid vibe building upon its suspenseful groundwork. Surprisingly it holds a dark edge, as there’s more lurking underneath, but the script can take time out for some agreeable wit. Too bad I think that the ending is quite unfulfilled. When you see Yul Brynner’s name tagged to the project, you might just be disappointed as the gunslinger appears in one sequence involving quite an odd dream inclusion which in the end is rather pointless, but a neat credit for the original film. Richard T. Heffron’s direction is tidy with his cruise-like pacing and interesting visuals to match. While Fred Karlin’s grandiose music score simply soars.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 48 min (108 min) (original)
Genre Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director Richard T. Heffron
Writer Mayo Simon, George Schenck
Actors Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner, Arthur Hill
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 3 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1 (open matte), 1.37 : 1 (negative ratio), 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory MGM Laboratories Inc., USA, Metrocolor (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm, 8 mm