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With all that said, I was kinda expecting to dislike ANDROID, but after a while, actually wound up somewhat warming up to it. The fact that I quickly recognized the proudly gap-toothed Don Keith Opper ("Charlie" from CRITTERS) definitely helped. And you know what? The dude actually delivers nicely in ANDROID as the robotic servant "Max". His performance completely raises this flick up an entire star. Very impressive stuff. Plus, the fact that Opper actually goes uncredited in the movie is a rather remarkable move. "Max" is shown to by played by himself. The dude even co-wrote the script.
Another aspect that really shocked me about ANDROID was the interesting story it had to tell. This isn't some run-of-the-mill "space blast 'em up". There were some unexpected underlying themes of acceptance and humanity all wrapped up within a basic "outlaws hiding out" premise. The screenwriters were clearly out to craft something special.
I just wish the dialogue was a tad tighter and the rest of the performances weren't so damn stilted! I mean, Opper was playing a robot, yet he still came off as more human than the actors playing the human characters surrounding him. Also, the special effects seemed extremely dated, even by early 1980's standards. Some of the space set pieces were so laughably bad that they detracted from the often intriguing story. Hence, I could only recommend ANDROID to aficionados of the genre.
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