|CIRCUITRY MAN (director/writer: Steven Lovy; screenwriter: Robert Lovy; cinematographer: Jamie Thompson; editors: Gregory Neri/Jonas Thaler; music: Deborah Holland; cast: Jim Metzler (Danner), Dana Wheeler-Nicholson (Lori), Lu Leonard (Juice), Vernon Wells (Plughead), Dennis Christopher (Leech), Barbara Alyn Woods (Yoyo), Manu Topou (Maki), Garry Goodrow (Jugs), Paul Willson (Beany), Andy Goldberg (Squald) ; Runtime: 95; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Steven Reich/John Schouweiler ; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (RCA); 1990)|
|"Nothing about the thriller is
convincing, but is well-made and quite
by Dennis Schwartz
Lovy ("Mix"/"Plughead Rewired:
Circuitry Man II") unenthusiastically directs
and co-writes with brother Robert this dreary but at
times funny post-apocalyptic sci-fi tale set in the
near future, some 40 years after the oceans dried up
and the Earth is no longer livable. It's no
more than your standard 'end of the world' thriller,
another Blade Runner rip-off wannabe.
turned fashion designer Lori (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson),
dwelling in subterranean
Los Angeles, is forced by her former
boss, the ugly female thug Juice (Lu
Leonard), a dealer
in the black market, to deliver some valuable
stolen pleasure-inducing computer chips to her
partner, a nutcase bald cyber-freak named
Plughead (Vernon Wells).
In a stunning development, Plughead kills Juice.
Thereby Lori flees with the chips in a suitcase, and
decides to carry out the original job. Lori is chased
by Plughead and the cops who want her for Juice's
murder. She arrives in New York, after driving there
in her 1964 Galaxy through a chain of secret tunnels,
to keep a date with the handsome, pony-tailed,
suicidal android Danner (Jim Metzler).
The android has been programmed by Juice to search for
non-existent true love, and finds it with Lori.
Nothing about the thriller is convincing, but it is
well-made and quite amusing. The songs by Deborah
Holland are another reason for seeing the film. If you
can handle all the cliches and the incoherent plot
line, you should be rewarded with a film worth seeing
REVIEWED ON 4/1/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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