Colossus – The Forbin Project (1970) – Skynet Before Skynet was Cool
Wow… Why had I not watched this movie earlier?
I just finished watching this 1970 sci-fi film and am kind of blown away. This is a great film.
The U.S. government unveils Colossus, a sophisticated computer system designed to take the element of Human error out of the defense system. Colossus, designed by computer genius, Dr. Charles Forbin (is the most sophistcated computer ever created. Installed deep beneath a mountain, all of the United States defence systems are put under it’s control, to keep America safe from outside threats. Soon after activation, Colossus (which turns out to be even more intelligent and sophisticated than any one imagined), detects the presence of another, similar system in the USSR. Soon the two systems manage to communicate with each other, and merge as one, global computer system that controls the entire military might or the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union. Taking it’s initial program literaly, it decides that it must dominate mankind in order to eliminate the threat of war.
Quickly demonstrating it’s seriousness by a number of missile launches and nuclear detonations, it is soon obvious that the world is at the mercy of this massively powerful system. Attempts to deactivate or destroy the system are countered quickly, and those Colossus deems guilty of the attempts are quickly killed.
Based on the book, the Forbin Project, this is a piece of solid science fiction that seems to be fading from the global consciousness, which is a pity, because I believe that this is the germ of the idea that blossomed into the Terminator series – Colossus is a direct descendent of Skynet.
Good acting and a tense plot makes this compelling watching. I also dig the 1970s look to high tech. If you get a chance and are a fan of science fiction then I say this is a must watch. That’s not too hard to do, as the whole movie is available freely on Youtube – that link to be found below the trailer.
Check out the trailer below:
And here is the whole movie: