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Man, do I hate androids. If sci-fi has taught us anything, it’s that we should not be working on any robotic life forms to do our dirty work. Did Terminator teach us nothing?
Alas, our future brethren ignore our warnings and create some wicked mining ‘bots to work in the post-apocalyptic landscape while humanity (which apparently now consists of Phoenix) lounges around in grey jumpsuits.
As much as I despise androids though, I can’t hold a battery powered candle the deep hatred Jute (Scott Bairsow) feels towards them. He lost his job to one, and during an after bar altercation, sends one to robot heaven. The local police aren’t too keen on such expensive equipment being destroyed, so Jute is sentenced to live out his days in a maximum security prison out in the desert. The desert itself is a bad, bad place to be. Besides the lack of water and generally crappy conditions, remember those mining ‘bots I mentioned earlier? They’ve gone bonkers (it’s an engineering term, look it up) and kill anything that moves, including prison transport vehicles. Jute’s ride is shot all too hell, and he’s the only survivor. Well, the only human survivor.
Shackled to him at the wrist is DeeCee (Joseph Lawrence, yes, Joey if you must), an android that was being sent to the prison for a reformat and Vista upgrade. It seems his experimental programming that makes him almost human wasn’t the direction the manufacturer wanted to go, so it’s off to the scrapyard.
After beating the piss out of each other, Jute and DeeCee agree to work together to trek back to Phoenix, and learn a lot about each other as they talk during their long walk through the sand. This would have been a perfect place to sneak in a wide angle shot of the two walking in the sand with the theme from “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father” in the background…but this is the dirty and gritty future, Simon and Garfunkle have no place here.
Once they’re buddy-buddy though, the authorities catch up with them and complete their journey to their new home. Can this unholy alliance escape the prison and defeat an army of upgraded mining ‘bots? You’ll have to watch to find out.
And that brings up a good question…should you watch this? While at times I was frustrated with some plot/editing holes, it was still a fun little flick. It’s on the lite side of the sci-fi spectrum, so you don’t need to be an ubergeek to enjoy it. I had a good time, and honestly, until Rufus pointed it out, I didn’t realize I was watching Joey Lawrence. Not that he’s beating a path to Oscar glory, but he held his own. “Android Apocalypse” makes for a good rental, just make sure you stock up on popcorn. 3 cans out of 5.
Added: Sunday, February 18, 2007
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