You can see from my title, why I like this movie. I was one of the extras. I can be seen sitting at a console as Blythe Danner (Gwyneth Paltrow's mother) enters the dream machine. Several closeups of hands turning dials are also me.
Being part of the film's making, it was interesting to see how they created storylines that they did not use. I actually had a line in the movie, which was cut out when they dropped that plotline.
Most of the movie was shot at NASA'a Johnson Space Center in Houston. I worked there during the Apollo moon missions, so I was familiar with some of the equipment. The very large building where they do weightless walking (not real) was done in the extremely large vacumn chamber. It is an impressive sight in real life.
Just getting a chance to look behind the scenes at NASA is not a good reason to watch this movie. Futureworld is the sequel to Westworld. It's one line summary is: "Futureworld - where you can't tell the robots from the machines - even when you look in the mirror!" If you enjoyed Westworld, you will probably like Futureworld. However, one need not have seen Westworld to enjoy Futureworld, or to follow its plot.
The basic plot takes over from where Westworld left off. Several years have passed since the disaster of Westworld, when the robots malfunctions and began killing the guests. Now, the owners have decided to engage in a great conspiracy. They will replace world leaders and business execs with look alike robots. This time the robots are more lifelike and will have real memories from the people the mimic. When all of the replacements are in place, the Futureworld owners will slowly take over the world.
Two reporters (Peter Fonda & Blythe Danner) have heard some rumors of "something amiss" from another reporter who has disappeared. Most of the movie is how they try to discover what is really going on at Futureworld.
The special effects were good for the time. The acting is good. The overall movie makes for an interesting break from reality. Yul Brenner is back for a small part in the movie, but he is not a main character. The movie will be more appealing to Sci-fi fans. There is also some romance in the movie.