Rich people are flown to a fancy resorts where they are served, serviced and
entertained by robots. Some of these guests are so annoying, however, you will
find yourself cheering for the machines to kill them all, which they pretty
much manage to do. Predictably (though the reasoning is never fully explained,
they touch on a computer virus, but it is never made certain), the
robots get tired of being seduced, raped, abused and repeatedly killed by
clients, only to be repaired at night so the process can be repeated the next
day. Instead, they play for keeps.
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West World is one of three "worlds" within the resort where the rich
executives live out their fantasies. Richard Benjamin and James Brolin walk around in
cowboy garb, while they are menaced by a bald, black clad gunslinger played
by Yul Brynner, spoofing his Magnificent Seven role.
A couple of times these
two shoot the gunman, but finally, when confronting him for a
showdown, Brolin gets shot for real.
Benjamin thus becomes the unlikely hero, where he has made a career before and
since, playing spineless wimps on the screen (The Last Of Sheila, Love
At First Bite, etc...). A cat and mouse game starts as he struggles to make his
escape from the resort and the various robots whom have gone haywire, most
notably this gunman.
The bodies start to pile up, courtesy of said gunfighter, The Black Knight in
another of the resorts, and other mechanical members of the staff. The
gunfighter blasts the hell out of people, a sex model robot that
is supposed to comply with the wishes of clients, slaps an advancing leech,
and the Knight kills people in swordfights he is supposed to lose.
technicians responsible for the operation of the resort gone bad are powerless
to stop their creations and are being picked off by them. Benjamin realizes he
is on his own and makes a final stand, first throwing acid in the gunman's
face, then finally burning him all to hell, which does the trick.
This film, which reached cult classic status in the USA, was followed by a
sequel called Futureworld, which was of the most forgettable quality.
The late Brynner is always great to see in his western roles, such as the
early Magnificent Seven series, Indio Black/Adios Sabata and
Invitation To A Gunfighter. Though not a western in true form here, he is nonetheless a scene