‘Westworld’ Trailer Shows It’s Not Just A Theme Park

As Anthony Hopkins’ mastermind Robert Ford says in the trailer, Westworld isn’t a theme park; it’s an entire world.

A new “mature” trailer from HBO showcases the new sci-fi drama, an uber-expensive re-adaptation of the Michael Critchton (Jurassic Park) film from Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. It teases everything we’ve come to expect from a top-tier HBO project: an absolutely stellar cast, some breathtaking cinematography and the heady themes, in this case of identity, consciousness and sin wrapped up in the trappings of robots and A.I. Plus all prerequisite sex and violence you’d expect.

HBO is in a tight space, drama-wise; they only have three, and two of them are the low-rated and concluding The Leftovers and the delayed(cancelled?) True Detective. Most importantly, the pay cable network needs a successor to the Game of Thrones juggernaut and they’re hoping Westworld will continue its legacy of edgy, elevated genre fare. Like many ambitious projects, it ran aground with production issues (an HBO trend, lately), delaying its premiere from 2015 to this year.

This trailer, the second released, does a better job than the first of setting up the premise of Westworld through the eyes of the park’s oldest “resident” Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) before diving into its consequences, which include possible robot rebellion against their creators (Anthony Hopkins and Jeffrey Wright) and a mysterious villain known only as the “man in black” (Ed Harris). James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Rodrigo Santoro, Tessa Thompson and many others are also star.

Described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin,” Westworld premieres Oct. 2 on HBO. Here’s the trailer.

Sam Flynn

Sam Flynn

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