Runaway2Suggested by Timothy Lane • In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots… and his son becomes a target.
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  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    My younger brother and I watched “Runaway” on an extended lunch hour yesterday. Oh, what a wonderfully cheesy film from the big-hair 80’s. I’m not sure that it deserves even the 5.9 stars given to it by the IMDB crowd. But it turned out to be so bad that it was good. I wonder if MST3K ever spoofed it.

    Michael Crichton (a competent writer) is also the director of this movie. It’s a horrible production. It’s not even TV movie quality. Crichton was certainly much better in his role as director in “The Great Train Robbery” with Connery and Sutherland. But he didn’t even bring his B-game to this one.

    But it’s fun to look at some of the stuff predicted for the near future. They have a “hover cam” which is near enough to a drone to be called a good prediction. But in this near future, we were supposedly going to have Rosie the Robots running all over the place, vacuuming, making surely little Bobby (oh, what a goofy kid) did his homework, and making our breakfast. But not so fast! Folks, if you buy a domestic robot please be sure not to leave butcher knives or 357 magnums laying around. You never know when the robots could go crazy.

    And you knew you were in for a stinker when, in one of the first scenes in the movie, police guy Jack Ramsay (Selleck) is called out to a corn field to retrieve a runaway robot that is trampling rows of corn. The robot is about the size of a toaster oven. So Ramsay goes out there and sitting at the side of the cornfield are four or five farmers just waiting for Selleck to arrive and take care of the runaway robot. This was silly in the extreme. Short of a complete statist dystopia, it’s not likely the police will make robot repairs part of their core function. And why couldn’t any of these farmers just pick up the runaway robot? It wasn’t armed or anything. All it could do was wheel around on its itty bitty tank treads.

    Best supporting actor goes to Kirstie Alley who plays one of the bad guy’s broads. She brings her usual hot-tempered and hot-bodied personality to the mix, which is refreshing given the c-grade actors populating the “Runaway” universe, including the particularly cheesy Gene Simmons as the evil robot genius, Luther. (And please please please don’t let some ambulance driver give medical advice when it comes to removing unexploded ordinance from somebody’s arm.) Wonderful kitsch from the 80’s.

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