For me, this must be a very obscure unruly computer sci-fi
thriller as i've never heard of it and it certainly earned the praise
from the text on the blu-ray sleeve, as a Sci-Fi Cult Classic it surely
is. Lowbudget and with almost unknown actors it's
surprisingly intelligent and with a subject before it's time (even though
probably inspired by the Kubrick movies 2001 A Space
Odyssey with it's computer Hal and Dr. Strangelove) and some 15 years
before the better known 1983 WarGames.
A Masterpiece of a Sci-Fi Thriller
Colossus: The Forbin Project isn't
just one of the entries in this Troublesome Computer genre but the BEST
one, and a
masterpiece of Sci-Fi thriller. Great acting, great script and great
direction from the very able Joseph Sargent, best known
the crime thriller classic, the 1974 The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (and,
i'm a fan of his ultra-obscure sci-fi sports movie the 1979
Golden Girl with model-singer Susan Anton and ... with our athlete high-jumper
and heptathlonist Annette Tånnander, more
about this obscurity on my athletics page). Joseph Sargent can be heard
on the audio commentary to this film.
The film starts with Dr. Charles Forbin entering a huge
data hall, and like a scene from the sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet,
then closing and leaving the enormous complex situated in a mountain
in Colorado, a self-sufficient giant computer named
Colossus and protected by a lethal radiation belt. The very self-assured
and almost cocky doctor (played very nicely by the
obscure German-American actor Eric Braeden) then, together with the
President of the USA, appears in front of the world
and proudly declares that they've left the defence of the country in
the hands of the super computer system, Colossus.
The atmosphere is festive because this computer system, handled by Dr.
Forbin and his crew from their terminal in California,
will not only protect USA by handling the missile defence but also help
humanity to solve it's problems.
BUT ... almost immediately after being turned on Colossus
sends a warning on the prompter - "There's another system"
jolly atmosphere turns into a more nervous one when the answer to this
message is that the Soviet Union also has got them a
super electronic brain, The Guardian. Now, Colossus demands to be connected
to The Guardian. Surely the intents of Colossus
must be just to know the Russian system better so the POTUS okays the
request, and soon a dialogue in 1 and 0's begins ....
a new language only computers understand and neither the Soviets or
the US folks have a clue about what they "talk" about.
Soon Dr. Charles Forbin, head of the Colossus programming
office and the main constructor of the system, will lose all his
arrogance when the future of humankind is at stakes and a deadly game
of chess will be played, Humans vs. Colossus.
anamorphic widescreen 2.35:1 with an english PCM stereo
audio. Extras: audio commentary with director Joseph Sargent,
stills gallery and a info gallery