I've just watched Westworld. It has an interesting premise, but it's just not a very good movie.
Add to that a couple of plot holes or things left unexplained, never bothering to really explore the morality of it all, and a very obnoxious soundtrack, I would consider it quite forgettable and mediocre. I do not recommend it.
It is indeed an interesting premise though, this is the exact type of movie that deserves a remake. I'll watch the first episodes of the TV show now, and I'm curious to see if they do something more interesting with it.
I remembered watching that movie when I was a kid and was enjoying it but got called by my parents to come to the dinner table, then yelled at and had to leave the movie and miss the ending. I was pretty ticked off about that, and never got a chance to see it after that nor knew what the movie was called. From time to time over the years I remembered little fragments of the movie from time to time and wondered about it, figuring some day I would dig it up and get to watch the whole thing again.
About a year ago I was having a discussion about movies with a friend and somehow the image of the bald cowboy robot figure came to my mind again. Somehow my mind sparked "Yul Brynner" and I hunted him down on IMDB and lo and behold I found the movie finally! Then discovered it had a sequel as well (Futureworld), so I ended up watching both movies the next day and finally being able to get closure on a chapter of my childhood. :)
The movies were both somewhat B movie quality overall and are laughable by today's standards, but there was just something really eerily creepy about the bald cowboy robot played by Brynner that I had to see. The second film was poorer in quality and seemed like it was just milking the cow so to speak.
I heard they were recreating it as a TV series also and look forward to checking that out. I didn't realize that it was out there already though, and I actually figured it would get shitcanned before it came out because 90% of the movie/TV show remakes I hear about seen to never get anywhere other than talk/rumour. Look at the Logan's Run remake for example, where is that to be found other than an abandoned IMDB entry and radio silence... :)
Thanks for mentioning the Westworld series though, I'll have to check it out now. I hope that it turns out to be better than the mini-series remake of the British cult classic series The Prisoner
Hmm, now that you mention it, that could be rather cool, both things. Who'd you cast as Snake though? Chris Hemsworth?
I suppose he could pull it off well enough. Vin Diesel would fit the role more closely though I believe as his role as Riddick is similar in nature to a degree. I think Jason Statham would be another great pick as well. Actually, I think I'd prefer Statham.
Another movie I'd love to see "game-ified" is District 9.
Absolutely, that would be pretty wicked.
On an unrelated note, after playing GUN a week ago for a while I had a mental revelation a few days later - how friggen awesome would it be to have either an FPS or a TPP western shooter game where you play Clint Eastwood in the Man With No Name series of old spaghetti westerns! When I thought of it I foamed at the mouth at how cool it would be to have a modern shooter like that based on those ancient movies. Not sure if they'd be market-viable nowadays as westerns probably aren't too popular, and as loved as Eastwood is he's an old classic now and not in his prime anymore so such a game might not appear to a lot of the younger audience.
Still, I for one would flip out if some company decided to try to bring an FPS/TPP game or game series based on The Man With No Name series of movies (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly; A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More), or even a game or game series based on Dirty Harry. I'd totally shit bricks. "Do ya feel lucky punk? Well? Do ya?" How cool would that be?! :)