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W.I.S.O.R. (2001)

Cast: George Bartenieff, George Bartenieff, Babi Floyd, more...
Director: Michel Negroponte, Michel Negroponte
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Studio: Docurama
Genre: Documentary, Biographies, Nature & Science
Running Time: 75 min.
Languages: English
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The ancient insulated steam pipes that lie under the streets and buildings of New York City are in need of constant repair. They also are very dangerous when they blow, causing injuries, damage, and inconvenience. The steam is vital to the success of the city -- it powers everything from clothes presses to elevators -- as well as the survival of the citizens, who rely on it for heat even in the most modern skyscrapers. The only way to repair the 16-inch pipes is to close off the street and dig up the road to get to the break -- at a cost of about 35,000 dollars at each break. But wait, what's that thing crawling along inside the pipe with a blow torch? A pyromaniacal snake? A fire-breathing dragon? No, it's W.I.S.O.R., the robo-welder to the rescue. ~ Buzz McClain, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Nice Try by Sardelli November 10, 2003 - 12:03 PM PST
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
This is what happens when artsy meets science reporting. Lots of focus on the dialogue between engineers while missing information about the technology itself. And the movie ends before we see the robot in action. So there's drama without the climax. Finally, there is this intermittent narration by a robot sounding voice that is extremely annoying and uninformative. This movie did not live up to the potential for such an interesting machine.

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(Average 4.29)
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