“It’s not a joke; it’s an amusement park — the best amusement park in the world.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary likens the eventual situation of “timid Richard Benjamin” to that of “the scared Jon Voight character in Deliverance  once his tough friend Burt Reynolds is incapacitated.”
He adds that in the world of “Crichton, man starts out working with machines, is careless, and invariably ends up pitted against them” — and to that end, the “final battle between Benjamin and Brynner is a lot of fun, a fitting climax to [a] witty, provocative thriller for the popcorn crowd.”
I agree. This smart, low-budget flick mostly delivers on its promise — though as Richard Scheib points out in his review for Moria: “The one big hole in the script is that Michael Crichton fails to explain the nature of the malfunction – what causes the androids to go amok, exactly why the androids dislike humans and how the androids override the safety feature on their guns that prevent them from hurting humans.” Regardless, this film most definitely makes one question the wisdom of creating such a park to begin with, and is an appropriately scary cinematic journey to take.
Note: The recent remake mini-series (2016-present) has gotten strong reviews, but I haven’t seen it yet, so can’t compare.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: