Tom Selleck, with a cop's short haircut and playing a workaday stiff who's afraid of heights, cuts a less dashing but more accessible figure in Runaway than in prior pictures. However, this Michael Crichton robotic nightmare is so trite that the story seems lifted from Marvel Comics, with heat-seeking bullets and a villain so bad he would be fun if the film wasn't telling us to take this near-futuristic adventure with a straight face.

Tom Selleck, with a cop’s short haircut and playing a workaday stiff who’s afraid of heights, cuts a less dashing but more accessible figure in Runaway than in prior pictures. However, this Michael Crichton robotic nightmare is so trite that the story seems lifted from Marvel Comics, with heat-seeking bullets and a villain so bad he would be fun if the film wasn’t telling us to take this near-futuristic adventure with a straight face.

Selleck’s femme police partner Cynthia Rhodes, is an over-achiever and formula romantic foil to Selleck, who’s a single parent raising a son. Departure may be fresh for Selleck but the comparative lack of his trademarked sardonic humor does cost the pic.

Runaway

Production

Tri-Star/Delphi III. Director Michael Crichton; Producer Michael Rachmil; Screenplay Michael Crichton; Camera John A. Alonzo; Editor Glenn Farr; Music Jerry Goldsmith; Art Director Douglas Higgins

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Tom Selleck Cynthia Rhodes Gene Simmons Kirstie Alley Stan Shaw Joey Cramer

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