Article 5003 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Peter Manoogian
Featuring Andrew Prine, Denise Crosby, Patrick Reynolds
Country: USA / Spain
What it is: Action Sci-Fi
When a cyborg is threatened with disassembly by a mad scientist, he escapes and teams up with a group of adventurers to defeat his enemy.
If I were to make a list of the dumbest action cliches I know of, one that would definitely make the list is the “bar brawl”; it’s a cliche as pointless as it is pervasive. Therefore, it’s a real tribute to this film that when it pops up here, I actually laughed, largely because it serves as a truly funny punch line to a great setup. In fact, there’s a few other times when this rather silly action-adventure flick brought a smile to my face, and though it has its fair share of cliches and clunker moments, it at least doesn’t come across as a mere imitation of some other movie. If the movie had been made after ROBOCOP, I would have thought that the Mandroid character here was a steal from that, but this movie predates that one, though it’s obvious the adventurer is a Han Solo type, and the flying robot is a variation on R2-D2. This cheesy movie does have a pretty low reputation, and though I can understand why, for me it gets by having just the right tinge of self-awareness of its own chintziness. In short, I liked it, so lets call it a guilty pleasure.