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Runaway (1984)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi | 14 December 1984 (USA)
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 are being programmed to turn against us. Someone must stop the madman who started it all. See more »


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Robots, gadgets and weapons featured in the film included a magnum rocket gun used by the villain, explosive heat-seeking missile smart bullets that can steer around corners, mini remote control racingcar-like self-propelled road mine robots that race under cars and explode, a model 912 domestic robomaid robot, a police sketch artist portable computer tablet, a one-foot square aerostat hover floater CCTV camera, sniffer dog crime scene robots, an agricultural yellow-lacquered metal two-armed pest control robot, sentry security guard robots, eyeball identification checkers, and scuttling insect robots which were mechanical arachnid-like robot spiders with lethal venomous metallic stings. See more »

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When Sgt. James cryogenically freezes and splits one of Luther's smart bullets in half, neither he or Sgt. Ramsay are wearing protective gear, and they are in an unshielded electronics lab next to a crowded police office. James even lights a cigarette, all of which is around an exposed device that has a solid propellant rocket engine and an explosive warhead. A nearby intact bullet's infrared sensor reacts to the flame from James' lighter, meaning the bullet is still active. See more »

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Luther: That wasn't very nice, Ramsay!
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Featured in Shooting the Police: Cops on Film (2006) See more »

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Above-average, with a nice electronic score by Jerry Goldsmith.
28 October 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Whilst not expertly handled by director Crichton (yes, Michael Crichton), Runaway at least succeeds in being reasonably interesting and very watchable.

It's one of those movies that succeeds in being very enjoyable without actually being that good. There is something very comfortable about the tone of the whole film. Whilst most of the set-pieces could have been more tightly edited and paced, there is an undeniable consistency in the visuals throughout. Coupled with this is an impressive electronic score by the legendary Jerry Goldsmith, done in the same year as his beautiful work on Ridley Scott's Legend, at which time Goldsmith was in the process of moving over to synthesizers.

Not great, not bad, just fine. Memorably throwaway.

PS Gene Simmons (from Kiss) makes a nasty-looking villain.


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