Article #247 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 11-18-2001
Posting date: 4-3-2002
Strange murders are being committed at a secret laboratory in the desert which is doing research on a project designed to launch a space station. It becomes obvious that someone is using the computer to commit the crimes.
I found this gadget-happy robot movie (intended to be in 3D, which explains why some of the scenes are shot the way they are) to be a quite entertaining cold war thriller. It starts very well with the death of two scientists engaged in suspended animation experiments (I have to admit that any movie that starts with a shot of a hypodermic needle has succeeded in catching my attention). It requires a bit of patience to get through the next talky, gadget-happy thirty minutes where the movie sets itself up for the exciting last half, but it’s not too hard an ordeal, and when the action starts, it’s quite satisfying. I was quite surprised to see it was in color; I’d heard that for a while no color prints were believed to have survived of this movie. All in all, not a bad movie.