While Westworld was an ingeniously witty idea conducted with panache by Crichton, Futureworld on the other hand is merely a B film made on an A-budget. Michael Crichton used Westworld as a sharp and intelligent exploration of his recurrent fear of technology going amok, all underscored with a potent satire on the myths embodied by the movie Western. Futureworld merely reduces Crichtons ideas to a B-movie mad scientist and android duplication and takeover plot. The film writes these clichés as though nobody had heard of them before.
Futureworld is clearly a film written by people who know almost nothing about electronics or computers. Much of what happens is poorly thought out why, for example, is it necessary to have androids manning the control room and manually inputting data? If automation has developed to the extent that humans are not needed then why not automate the entire control room? Also rather amusingly it appears that having an android duplicate made of you means that it is also capable of reading your mind. There also seems a creative desperation involved in the insertion of a dream sequence, which is there solely to reintroduce Yul Brynners gunslinger from the first film, bizarrely enough this time to feature as an object of sexual fantasy.
The film gets a good deal out of shooting on location at NASAs Manned Space Center in Houston, which gives an impressive hi-tech look that is much more lavish than the original. Peter Fonda and Blythe Danner, Gwyneth Paltrows mother, pass mechanically through their roles.
Futureworld was not the end to the Westworld saga it was followed by a short-lived tv series Beyond Westworld (1980), which only lasted for five episodes. Westworld (2016 ) is a tv series remake of the original.
Director Richard T. Heffron has mostly worked in television. His one other film of any note is the remake of Mickey Spillanes I, The Jury (1982). Heffrons one other venture into science-fiction sequels was the tv mini-series V: The Final Battle (1984).