Runaway (I) (1984)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Crime, Sci-Fi


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In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots... and his son becomes a target.


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21 July 2019 | view_and_review
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| Police Robotics Division
A robotics division of the police force was created to deal with "runaways." Those would be robots that have gone haywire and need to be fixed or shutdown. Why that would fall under the police's jurisdiction is beyond me. I would think that the Geek Squad would be more suited for that job.

At any rate, when a mysterious computer chip is found in a runaway and a man is killed by a bullet that acted more like a guided missile, Jack Ramsay (Tom Selleck) uncovers a sinister plot.

This movie is not too far from reality. I don't ever see the police force getting a robotics division but check out what was in the movie that is now normal: floater cameras (known as drones today), robots doing all kinds of jobs, smart devices, and chipped bullets (OK, that's not normal but I could see that happening).

Like so many movies about technology and computers, this was about such things getting into the wrong hands.

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Having appeared in two major dance films (Flashdance (1983) and Staying Alive (1983)) which rang box office cash registers, actress Cynthia Rhodes exercised her dramatic legs as a modern woman in this movie, who settles into a career in law enforcement playing Karen Thompson, the police partner of Jack Ramsay (Tom Selleck). Rhodes said: "I used to read all this stuff about how Tom was just the nicest guy. And I would think. 'Gimme a break. Nobody's that nice'. But he is and he's helped me a lot. I'm guided by Tom in the film. Whatever he gives me, I give him back. He sets the scene. Karen Thompson has never really known what she wanted to do. She says, 'I'm going to be a dancer, a construction worker, a secretary, a nurse'. But she's always found something she didn't like about each career. Finally, she settled down and became a policewoman and said, 'Okay, this is what I want to do and I'm going to put every effort into making it work'. But sometimes she tries too hard. She leaps into things and gets herself into big trouble". Rhodes added: "I get to show a lot more emotion in this film. There's a scene in which Tom has to remove a miniature guided missile from my arm before it goes off. As we performed the scene, I found myself hyperventilating. Later, the paramedics used as extras in the scene, remarked that my blood pressure rose to 165 during the filming.". Amidst the action of the film, romantic interludes between Tom's Jack Ramsay character and Cynthia's Karen Thompson character do exist. Rhodes commented: "Well, Karen is a go-getter who thinks she might be in love with Ramsay but is concerned that it might not be professional. He has romantic feelings for her, but is more restrained. We have some great tender moments, and in the film, his son, Bobby, makes no bones about the fact that he would love me to be his new mom".


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Ramsay: Congratulations, guys, you just staked out a roll of toilet paper.


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Officer Thompson has a scene wherein she describes Luther to an officer, who creates a computerized image of him using a handheld device. Why bother when they've already got his image on the tape from Johnson's door monitor?

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