If you think this new trailer for Vice feels suspiciously like the 1973 sci-fi film Westworld and HBO's upcoming prestige series of the same name, you're correct. Michael Crichton wrote the screenplay for and directed the original Westworld, in which theme-park androids went haywire and ran amok murdering paying guests. The premise of a pleasure park populated by state-of-the-art robots had been well traveled in both the Crichton-directed film starring Yul Brynner and its subsequent sequel, Futureworld. In Lionsgate's Vice, Bruce Willis stars as a billionaire genius who builds a destination resort where guests can experience any violent scenario they can imagine, interacting with AI robots in a gritty, controlled environment. What could possibly go wrong?
This new trailer, peppered with a disheveled Thomas Jane and gun-toting femme-bot Ambyr Childers, delivers some enlivened action sequences with a Grand Theft Auto meets Terminator vibe threaded throughout its predictable urban sheen. With its sci-fi pedigree and raw, police-procedural plotline, this could end up being a satisfying post-holiday treat.
Here's the official synopsis:
Julian Michaels (Bruce Willis) has designed the ultimate resort: VICE, where anything goes and the customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look, think and feel like humans. When an artificial (Ambyr Childers) becomes self-aware and escapes, she finds herself caught in the crossfire between Julian's mercenaries and a cop (Thomas Jane) hell-bent on shutting down Vice, and stopping the violence once and for all.
Directed by Brian A. Miller (The Outsider, Officer Down), Vice hits theaters on Jan. 16, 2015. Are you going to end up chasing it down in the new year?