Android (1982) Directed by Aaron Lipstadt. With Klaus Kinski, Don Keith Opper and Brie Howard.
A bargain basement offering from 1982, Android is that brand of sci-fi that manages to swerve being completely and utterly terrible while struggling to get out of first gear for much of its 80-min runtime.
Set entirely aboard a space station, the film boasts some decent looking set consisting of dark corridors, control rooms and living areas. It’s nothing as impressive as say, Saturn 3, but with a young James Cameron attached as a creative consultant, you can see a certain amount of ambition. That said, all of this is frequently undermined by glimpses of overhead microphones and filming equipment, to the extent that calling it shoddy is being polite.
Although a typically mad-looking Klaus Kinski takes top billing, the film actually centres around an android called Max, an inquisitive artificial intelligence, which upon learning that its creator plans to replace it, sets about finding a way to to extend life (and love) beyond existence.
To its credit, it tries to be more than just another cardboard-cut-out B-movie, yet although the central idea is a decent, if not worn one, poor standards in basic areas bog it down. Yes, there is a certain 80’s charm, but the pacing and editing are well below par, while basic shot composition (seeing microphones) is disappointingly laughable. While it might play well as some kind of low-key, cult, comfort viewing for some, Android is nothing more than a footnote of 80’s sci-fi. 2/5