Film (1984) Tri-Star/Delphi III. Directed by Michael Crichton. Written by Crichton. Cast includes Kirstie Alley, Cynthia Rhodes, Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons. 97 minutes. Colour.
Crichton again exercises his love/hate relationship with machines in this predictable but exciting thriller about a policeman whose job it is to deal with defective Robots. He is pitted against an evil businessman who is deliberately making mechanical killers (by reprogramming household robots) and can deploy heat-seeking bullets personalized to their targets.
Crichton's main theme, as ever, is that machinery tends always to go wrong; his subtext is that humans, too, are usually defective, thus creating the typical Crichtonian gloom that may have prevented him gaining lasting box-office success. However, he seems fond of his mutinous machines, and the best parts of this robot-saturated movie are affectionate observations of the little beasts at work. [PN]
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