WESTWORLD

HBO’s new sci-fi se­ries prom­ises gun-sling­ing and gore ga­lore...

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The SFX mas­sive checks out the trailer to the new HBO epic.

Dolores Aber­nathy (Evan Rachel Wood) sits naked in a lab. “Have you ever ques­tioned the na­ture of your re­al­ity?” a man asks off-screen.

Mean­while, brood­ing un­der a fe­dora, Teddy Flood (James Mars­den) is an ar­che­typal cow­boy through and through.

Turns out this West is ac­tu­ally a theme park cre­ated by Dr Robert Ford (An­thony Hop­kins), whose in­ten­tions seem less than pleas­ant.

A gun-tot­ing Har­lan Bell (Ro­drigo San­toro) threat­ens a res­i­dent of Westworld, but who? And is he bad just be­cause he’s in black?

A sweep­ing shot of dusty ter­rain in­tro­duces us to the Wild West, where Dolores has grown up as a farm girl. But is her life a lie? Na­tive Amer­i­cans charge into bat­tle, but are they the real en­emy or merely a dis­trac­tion?

As Dolores re­veals she’s “ter­ri­fied” of what she is (echoes of Ex Machina here), we see blood run­ning into her eye...

A nifty cam­era move re­veals a holo­graphic minia­ture of Westworld, like some­thing out of The Hunger Games.

Among the res­i­dents of this Western town are Thandie New­ton’s Maeve Mil­lay, who looks se­ri­ously no-non­sense.

En­ter men­ac­ing gun­slinger The Man In Black, orig­i­nally played by Yul Bryn­ner in the 1973 movie Westworld, here played by Ed Har­ris.

Looks like there’s been a full-blown, Wild West blood­bath. “There’s some­thing wrong with this world,” says Dolores.

In a blink-miss shot, a ro­botic hand clenches into a fist. “These vi­o­lent de­lights meet vi­o­lent ends,” warns Dolores. This won’t end well...

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