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      Runaway

      PG-13 1984 1 hr. 40 min. Sci-Fi List
      48% 23 Reviews Tomatometer 32% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score In this advanced society, most homes have robots that perform everyday menial duties. Every so often, one malfunctions, and Sgt. Jack Ramsay (Tom Selleck), an expert in rogue machines, must deal with it. When he and his new partner, Karen Thompson (Cynthia Rhodes), investigate a robot-involved homicide, they discover strange computer chips. Rather than a malfunction, someone is programming the robots to kill. The police must find whoever is behind the murder before more harm is done. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Mar 19 Buy Now

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      Jeffrey W Gene Simmons plays a terrific villain Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/23/24 Full Review DanTheMan 2 Runaway sees Tom Selleck once again playing catch-up with a Harrison Ford role, this time doing his best Blade Runner crossed with good old Magnum PI. Honestly, the film isn't that far removed from our reality nowadays with the steady automation of seemingly everyday and mundane tasks, just minus the cool robots. Though it may induce a bit of unintended laughter, Michael Crichton offers up a solidly directed and enjoyable slice of 80s sci-fi; combined with a fantastic score by Jerry Goldsmith, Crichton's enormously entertaining writing and his periodically (and impressively) farsighted approach to its sci-fi tech, keep the film grounded and the action ramping up when needed. The film boasts real earnest performances from its cast, Selleck delivering a solid leading man role as a troubled single father alongside the lovable Cynthia Rhodes as his partner. Still, it's Gene Simmions as the villain Luther who is the real highlight, just oozing evil and relishing every moment in the role. Despite a handful of narrative lulls, Runaway is a real cult classic for those looking for our Blade Runner fix, it's Magnum PI gone Magnum AI. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/03/24 Full Review Chip C Gene Simmons plays the ultimate villain to Tom Selleck's everyday hero. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/24 Full Review Steve D A bit dated but still quite fun. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 08/24/23 Full Review jonathan l Classy retro 80's take on the future....not too far from the truth Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Bad makeup, bad costuming, bad writing, hammy acting, etc. The only nice thing that can be said about it is that the effects were decent for the year it was made. As usual for movies about technology, the tech is poorly presented onscreen. The only real reason to watch the movie is to catch Tom Selleck, Gene Simmons or Kirstie Alley in a role you haven't seen them in before. With that box checked, you can say you never need to see it again. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune As exciting as Runaway is in the beginning, the film quickly degenerates into a routine chase picture, freshened only by one of Luthor's gadgets -- heat-seeking bullets that are programmed to strike only a person with a specific body chemistry. Rated: 2/4 May 28, 2021 Full Review Empire Magazine Lady-cop-robo-fun. Nothing really profound here but who cares? Nov 5, 2008 Full Review Variety Staff Variety This Michael Crichton robotic nightmare is so trite that the story seems lifted from Marvel Comics. Jul 22, 2008 Full Review John Brosnan Starburst Runaway is definitely entertaining in its own silly way. Jul 22, 2022 Full Review Daniel Barnes Dare Daniel A wooden, cliched cop movie with the tiniest sliver of a sci-fi twist, Runaway stars Tom Selleck and Cynthia Rhodes and features Gene Simmons, cast against type as a sleazeball. Rated: 1.5/5 Mar 30, 2021 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a briskly-paced thriller that's been packed with attention-grabbing sequences and action interludes... Rated: 3/4 Jan 16, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis In this advanced society, most homes have robots that perform everyday menial duties. Every so often, one malfunctions, and Sgt. Jack Ramsay (Tom Selleck), an expert in rogue machines, must deal with it. When he and his new partner, Karen Thompson (Cynthia Rhodes), investigate a robot-involved homicide, they discover strange computer chips. Rather than a malfunction, someone is programming the robots to kill. The police must find whoever is behind the murder before more harm is done.
      Director
      Michael Crichton
      Executive Producer
      Kurt Villadsen
      Screenwriter
      Michael Crichton
      Production Co
      TriStar Pictures, Delphi III Productions
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 16, 2012
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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