Android 1982


While Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is quite rightly remembered as the one-stop shop for robots who think they’re human circa 1982, there’s a case to be made for Aaron Lipstadt’s ingenious little sleeper. Android Max 404 (Don Keith Opper) works for Dr Daniel (Klaus Kinski) in a remote space station, but the arrival of three fugitive from interplanetary justice changes the dynamics on board. Maggie (Brie Howard) becomes an object of affection for both the doctor and his machine-tooled servant, and Max 404 begins to understand the complexities of human relationships. Shot in 20 days on only two locations, Android is a small-scale realisation of big ideas, well played by a cast of relative unknowns who gamely match up to Kinski’s bigger than life persona.

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