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MOVIE REVIEW | Westworld (1973)

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“In some cases, they have been designed by other computers. We don’t know exactly how they work.”

Science fiction is a genre that more often than not dates quicker and more severely than any other. Predictions about what technology awaits us are rarely correct, and a lot of the time, the real world surpasses what seemed like the most outlandish technological dreams. The titular guide book in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was hilarious in its masses of knowledge and infinite storage space when the book was written in 1979. Now, it would seem pretty lame compared to the smart phones in all of our pickets. But while sci-fi might be quickly and severely dated, sometimes, that leads to a lot of its charm. Which is the case with Westworld.

Set some time in the not so distant future, the most popular holiday destination for adults is Delos, a massive role playing destination where visitors can live in worlds of times gone by. There’s an Old West World, a Medieval World and an Ancient Roman World. But more than just elaborate recreations of architecture and culture, these worlds have been populated with robots so real, they’re barely distinguishable from humans. The beauty of this is, it means guests can do things like have a high noon shoot out, and feel like a hero when they gun down the local bad guy, with none of the guilt of actually killing a man. Or seduce a princess by banging a roll playing robot instead of banging a role playing whore. (more…)