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Chilling tale of technology turning on its masters!,
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This review is from: Colossus: The Forbin Project [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I cannot recommend this film enough. It is a gripping, well crafted and intelligent tale that is as relevant today as it was almost forty years ago.
The supercomputer 'Colossus' is activated, bringing all of the United States' nuclear arsenal under its control. Shortly after coming on line, Colossus detects the Russian's very own supercomputer, named Guardian.
As the two computers begin to 'communicate' and learn at an alarming rate, the American and Russian governments attempt to sever contact. As a result Colossus launches a missile attack against Russia and demands that its creator, Dr. Charles Forbin be put under its surveillance.
As Forbin plots to destroy his creation, Colossus makes its plans for the future of the human race...
The conclusion of "Colossus" is as chilling as it is unfogettable. I wonder if James Cameron was influenced by this movie (along with "Westworld") when he came up with the concept for "The Terminator"?
My only gripe is not with the film itself but with the DVD. For some incomprehensible reason, the pan and scan format is still popular with the American market. Although it doesn't ruin the viewing experience too much, it would have been great to have seen this in its proper widescreen format.
In the age of widescreen televisions and anamorphic widescreen DVD transfers there really is no excuse!
Regardless, I urge you to buy this film, it is simply too good to slip under the radar and thus it gets full marks.