Even though Michael Crichton was mostly known for his books, among other things he wrote the novels that inspired such movies like ‘Jurassic Park’ and he also created the massive TV show ‘ER’, he was also a movie director and, even though none of his movies made much an impact, some of them were still fairly interesting, especially this directing debut. Indeed, it is nowadays pretty much forgotten but I thought it was actually a solid SF feature. In my opinion, the concept was actually pretty awesome and rather well developed by Michael Crichton. Not many knows it but this movie was also a landmark in motion picture history as it featured the first use of computer digitized images as part of a feature film (it was used to provide the gunslinger's point of view). Obviously, it doesn’t look really impressive when you watch it through our modern eyes, but you have to keep in mind that it was made 40 years ago and it was basically the precursor of all the CGI you see nowadays in most of your average blockbusters. It was also fun to see Yul Brynner providing a parody of his legendary character from ‘The Magnificent Seven’. Still, even though I really enjoyed this movie, it missed something to become truly awesome. I mean, the concept was really cool and I liked how they approached the material but since no character was really developed, it was rather difficult to get into the story which wasn’t really great after all. To conclude, even though it is nothing really amazing, it remains an intriguing SF feature and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.
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