By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock Pressed for time?! Check out the Rapid Fire Review for Michael Jai White’s 2014 Asylum sci-fi-fi Actioner Android Cop courtesy of Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock. […]
By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock
Android Cop was released in 2014 by the notorious Asylum, and stars action movie star/martial arts guru, Michael Jai White alongside Randy Wayne as the “titular” character, Larissa Vereza and veteran actor Charles S. Dutton. On the surface this is a flick most would write off. Not only is it low budget (which doesn’t make or break but that’s how general viewers will look at it) but it was made by Asylum Studios who are known for their essentially spoofs/parodies/knock offs of well known films. That’s not to completely discredit them as I enjoyed the movies the great Mark Dacascos did with them as well as their Z-Nation TV series. I mean this obviously takes influence from something like RoboCop but only at its basis with the revived officer returning now more machine than human.
Past that it’s actually a pretty different plot as it involves him being paired up with the Michael Jai White character as they weave through the ruined city in search of an explanation for a deadly disease as well as in search of the Mayor’s daughter. There’s even a little twist as it reaches its climax that I thought worked and added some urgency you’d actually care about. Now MJW manages to give a pretty solid and charismatic performance as he always does, injecting his character with more personality than there would have been had it been someone lesser.
The chemistry between him and the Randy Wayne Android is actually enjoyable to watch as their dynamic does warm up to you at least a little bit. Dutton is good in his limited role as expected and Larissa Vereza gives a more committed and decent performance than you’d expect. Unfortunately though the rest of the acting is pretty atrocious with just some off dialogue delivery and some actors that come off like they’re reading their lines on the spot. My expectations were obviously tempered given the type of movie but still can’t ignore it.
The action isn’t all that great due to budget constraints but what there is isn’t too bad surprisingly with some fine shoot outs, CG that doesn’t look completely horrible and a few chances for MJW to once again demonstrate why he’s one of the best and most legitimate in the genre (one of my very favorites), keeping the movie afloat with his presence whenever he’s onscreen. It’s a short runtime and really wasn’t that bad of an experience, it’s definitely one of the most unique movies in Jai White’s filmography. I’d say give it a go, I also encourage you to add it to your physical media collection!