Friday, January 6, 2017

C.H.O.M.P.S. (1979)

An American science fiction comedy directed by Don Chaffey, starring Valerie Bertinelli.
A scientist at a security company makes a robotic dog. Some people want to harm the company and the new invention.
This was silly. The threadbare plot would have been good for about 20 minutes, but an hour and a half was too much. It lacked human drama to work around the robot dog gimmick. The characters were like cardboard cutouts, they were so shallow and static. Everyone was typically what you would see of extras in a TV series. The young couple, the foolish boss, the crooked business men and the mentally impaired crooks. Some of the video tricks were clever, but none of it was convincing in the least bit. At least they got correct focus and exposure, which is more than I can say for movies with better reviews than this. The audio was very annoying. Any time the dog was involved in action scenes, the same, high-pitched theme song was played. Sound effects were also heavily dependent on the treble register. The black dog, Monster had an ending line that I think summarized the film perfectly: "oh shit...". Overall, what seemed like a cool idea was so poorly executed as to become a joke. I'm giving this a weird pink rating because it's so bad it's good.

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