The Tower, with security computer CAS, billed as the best in the world, looks like a refugee from “Things to Come,” but CAS springs from a more primitive work. The impressive look of the special effects helps cover the thin plot shenanigans, but it’s a close call.
CAS takes a dislike to musician Paul Reiser, who’s starting his first day at work in the skyscraper run by curt, demanding Roger Rees. Reiser knows so much about computers, he plays tricks on CAS, who has her own way of getting back. Mixed up in the dismal proceedings is cool Susan Norman.
The Tower, gone amok under CAS’ control, veers from hot to cold, and so does the script. Reiser and Norman’s physical challenges, close calls and impossible triumphs are laughable, though youngsters may find them entertaining.
Visually, the telefilm, photographed by Bing Sokolsky and special effects cameraman Dave Stump, succeeds, and art director Aram Allan’s dazzling reception area is smart.
Director Richard Kletter has to contend with the uninteresting characters, but shines during the action parts. Reiser’s stuck with a disagreeable role; Norman has to wrestle the bland part.