Sunday, May 09, 2010

590 - Runaway review



Now here’s a time capsule: a 1984 film written and directed by Michael Crichton, starring Tom Selleck, Gene Simmons, and Kirstie Alley, set in a near-future filled with robots, replete with synthesizer music, preposterous hair, and PG-13 nudity. But the problem isn’t poor aging, or even the lame special effects, but that the story is a slapdash mixture of overcooked cop story and B-movie evil genius villainy. Flat would be an improvement for these characters, who embody the hammiest of clichés, and the plot is so leaky that it’s difficult to believe it was crafted by a filmmaker who was also a big shot writer. “Runaway” is ultimately notable as a piece of movie trivia: apparently it was trounced at the box office by another, much cheaper robot movie currently held in significantly greater esteem.

1.5 out of 5

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