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Runaway (1984)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Sci-Fi  |  14 December 1984 (USA)
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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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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. Written by Andy Phillips

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IT IS THE FUTURE. Machines intended to do our work are programmed to turn against us. Someone must stop the madman who started it all. See more »


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One of five science-fiction films directed by Michael Crichton). All of them had one word titles: _Coma_, Pursuit (1972), Looker (1981), _Westworld_ and Runaway (1984). See more »

Goofs

Officer Thompson has a scene wherein she describes Luther to an officer, who creates a computerized image of him using a handheld device. Why bother when they've already got his image on the tape from Johnson's door monitor? See more »

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Luther: That wasn't very nice, Ramsay!
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A very enjoyable techno-thriller
25 July 2003 | by (Annalong, N. Ireland) – See all my reviews

Like quite a few of these 'forgotten' films of the 80s and 90s, I read about this before actually seeing it. Having an interest in Kiss, I wanted to see if Gene Simmons could act. As bad guy Luther, he does pretty well, but there's nothing particularly remarkable about his performance.

The other performances are okay. Tom Selleck and Kirstie Alley are rather good in their roles. POLICE ACADEMY's G.W. Bailey has a straight role as the Chief of Police (the typical by-the-book type who always chews the hero out). The storyline is very good. As it's written by Michael Crichton, it's another tale of technology gone bad, although this time, it was a deliberate human act which caused the mayhem. The film book I read about RUNAWAY in said basically that between WESTWORLD and JURASSIC PARK, two of the best known sci-fi films ever, Crichton made this film. This is true, but while WW and JP are remebered, this film is largely forgotten.

Granted, this film is hardly a classic, but in my opinion, there are times when you go 'who cares' and just sit down to a good, entertaining picture. I recommend RUNAWAY for a viewing. Although, this movie, and some episodes of STARGATE SG-1 seem to confirm that some people find tacky-looking mechanical spiders scary. Which I don't.


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