‘Westworld’ first came out as a sci-fi movie, written and directed by Michael Crichton. It is about an amusement park that offers different worlds—Roman, Medieval and the wild west—where in guests participate in the actual action and propel the narrative forward. The guests are pitted against humanoids that are controlled by a team of engineers and story architects. Things go haywire when a malfunction in the code, makes the humanoids go out of the control loop and behave independently and erratically. The most deadly of this behaviour results in killing the guests. The first part of the movie is all about the presentation of the new world and the second part is about how the protagonist (Peter Martin played by Richard Benjamin)escapes the threat ofantagonist (The Gunslinger played by Yul Brynner).
Westworld TV Series created by Jonathan Nolan, is based on Michael Crichton’s movie, but is mounted on a much larger scale and with a complicated story structure and a key story architect played by Anothony Hopkins.
Both are a must-watch for sci-fi fans.
Yul Brynner’s character is in many ways like a precursor to James Cameron’s ‘The Terminator’