Runaway is a cop movie, good guys versus bad guys. How can I put this? Courageous cop meets … let’s say, a very inventive villain. It’s about the introduction of smart weapons into civilian life – like the Exocet missile. The pilot who sunk the battleship Sheffield in the Falklands war never even saw the target. He just fired at it over the horizon. When people buy a coffeemaker these days, they expect it to have a microprocessor in it. What about when they buy a gun?
A tough cop investigates a series of killings by a madman who converts consumer robots into ruthless assassins.
Photos of Michael Crichton from “A Tall Storyteller” by Eric Sauter
in Saturday Review, November/December 1984
Runaway Photo credits: Tristar Pictures.
|December 14, 1984
|1 hr. 39 min.
|Tom Selleck, Cynthia Rhodes, Gene Simmons, Kirstie Allie
This is a movie, at least in part, about the difference between people and machines. We tried very hard to keep perspective.