If you’re a (relatively) not-so-spring chicken like me, then you may remember Runaway, a sci-fi/action movie released Christmas of 1984. I wasn’t very old when it came out in movie theaters, which is probably why I managed to see it on the telly when I was a kid. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a look.
It’s not got the best of scores on IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes, which is a real shame, because as a hard sci-fi near-future tale, it’s got a lot going for it. Notable actors are Tom Selleck, Gene Simmons (who does a really good baddie) and Kirstie Allie (who, I believe, is unfortunately still a member of a certain batshit insane cult, so is generally on my ‘ignore at all costs’ list).
The plot of the movie is that Selleck’s character is a cop tasked with the duty of capturing and then shutting down malfunctioning robots, the so-called “runaway” robots of the title. It’s generally seen as a soft job for those with no future, and Selleck’s character has put himself there after letting a serial murderer get away thanks to vertigo.
Of course, the “soft” job turns hot as some hi-tech criminals with chips that send robots on rampages turn up to ruin Selleck’s day.
The interesting thing in this movie is the tech though – helper robots around the home, camera drones, automated crop-pickers and, last but not least, mini guided missile bullets that can shoot round corners.
My how far we have come…