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By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

 

Android
Directed by Aaron Lipstadt
Media Home Entertainment/Heron Communications 11/83 DVD/VHS Feature Film
PG

In Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1926), the modeling of the heroine into a destructive android look-alike served as the central thrust of the sci fi storyline. Recently, a number of films — including remakes of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing plus The Stepford Wives, Blade Runner and Star Trek: The Movie — have explored aspects of the human drive to duplicate ourselves artificially.

Android is set in the year 2036 on a far away space station where Dr. Daniel (Klaus Kinski) is busy fashioning Cassandra (Kendra Kirchner), a beautiful blonde which he hopes will be a "state of the art" android. His current android, Max 404, has been programmed to handle the chores on the space station. He entertains himself with computer games, sex education movies, and rock 'n' roll music from the 50s and 60s.

When Gunther, Maggie and Mendes, all escaped convicts, want to land their ship on the station, Max 404 grants them permission without informing Dr. Daniel. The scientist invites them to stay once he realizes that Maggie can be used in his Cassandra project. However, after Max learns that he is to be terminated, he meets with Maggie to convince her to take him back to earth. The sparks from their sexual encounter bring Cassandra to life, and Dr. Daniel is faced with troubles he never envisioned.

Android is an entertaining film which conveys dangers inherent in scientists' Promethean impulses. The filmmakers display a light touch in the creation of Max (played by Don Opper, who wrote the screenplay with James Reigle). When this lover of old films fulfills his fantasy of being with a woman, Max dons a hat and jauntily imitates Jimmy Stewart's actions in It's a Wonderful Life. Android is captivating in its own distinctive way.

 

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