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Runaway

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Review by Chuck Arrington | posted August 18, 2000 | E-mail the Author

Synopsis:

Funny title, it actually is something I'd suggest you do if this shows up on cable or at your house as a rental. But not to color the flavor of the film as yet! Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons, (yes of KISS fame) star in this blunder of a Sci-Fi epic masquerading as decent cinema. The back of the box sounds like this: They were crafted for the purpose of serving man. But now, guided by an evil force, they're committing murder! Jack Ramsey (Selleck) is a sergeant in the Runaway Squad-a security force dedicated to the extermination of defective of "runaway" Robots. Ramsey and his assistant Thompson (Cynthia Rhodes) are called in when two electronic engineers meet violent deaths at the hands of these evil robots. They discover a link between the murders & the development of a terrifying new weapon by an evil mastermind. Is it me or is everything "evil" around here? Anyway, Ramsey & Thompson are attacked by evil murderous robots ( OK, I added that last evil J ) as they close in on the brilliant and insane electronics mastermind behind it all, Charles Luther-Gene Simmons!

Audio:

the audio per the box is a Dolby 4.0 Dolby discrete however, it defaults to Dolby 2.0 Stereo while in play. The audio like the disc in its entirety is pretty lackluster. The aural effects when employed are not terribly spectacular & only go to making an already bad film worse. Needless to say, there is no sub activity to speak of & the default puts the action solely in the right and left channels of the Home Theater.

Video:

beginning to sound like a broken record on this one. The video transfer while not that bad is too soft for my tastes. Some of the colors at times are very vibrant but for the most part it's a blah widescreen presentation. There were a few fleckings noticeable but other than that no other transfer errors were noted.

Extras:

The extras are solely trailers for this film & a couple of other Tri-Star entries. Additionally, there are talent files & subtitles in Chinese, Korean, Thai, Portuguese, Spanish & English.

Overall:

Michael Chriton I have found to be hit & miss. He hit hard & strong with Jurassic Park but stumbled & fell with Sphere. This entry would constitute another fall/miss/mistake however you want to label it; this is a bad movie. Tom Selleck on the big screen is something of a miss and misses if you will. I can't think of anything outside of Magnum PI & In & Out that have been commercially successful for Thomas Magnum. Like I said earlier, Runaway is more a course of action than a rental choice. This is really an awful film from start to finish. Not one moment of redemptive viewing. Save yourself from the horror! Oh the pain, the pain. (Thank you Dr. Smith)

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