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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: Aaron Lipstadt

Starring:
Klaus Kinski
Don Keith Opper
Brie Howard

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Lonely android "Max" wants to learn more about women and sex. Too bad he's about to be deactivated by his doctor/master. Maybe things will get shaken up after three intergalactic outlaws dock their spaceship at his base?

Is it good movie?
Let's first make it perfectly clear that a movie like this has to be watched and reviewed with a certain special understanding. If you think you're going to bear witness to some kind of science-fiction epic along the lines of say, STAR WARS, then don't go with ANDROID. This is an early 80's, extra cream-cheesy romp and shouldn't be held accountable for much else.

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.

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 1.85:1

Audio English 5.1 Dolby Digital

The Extras
It was great hearing the Audio Commentary with Don Keither Opper and director, Aaron Lipstadt. Clearly they were out to make something different and creative.

The flick's Trailer too.

Last Call
A surprisingly solid cheesy 80's sci-fi flick with a commanding performance by Mr. Don Keith Opper. Probably only for hardcore sci-fi-ers unless you're in the mood for something quite different.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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