They say the brain is the biggest muscle in the human body… wait, or is it the butt? I don’t know I always get those two confused… Regardless, the brain is a powerful weapon. But what if you could use your brain to control an even more powerful weapon? Like say, a robot? Now there is an answer to that question, and the answer is Mandroid.
Mandroid is a joint creation of Dr. Zimmer and Dr. Drago. While Drago did most of the work creating this indestructible robot, Zimmer is utilizing it to help create Superconn – a super compound that can power cities for weeks, heal the sick, and walk your dog all at once. Superconn is made from these crazy mushroom spores that when mixed with a binding agent, transform the mushrooms into it’s final usable form. The problem is that when the binding agent is mixed with the spores, it creates a highly toxic substance, and only under great radiation does it actually turn into superconn. That’s where the Mandroid comes in, as it can stand great levels of heat and radiation without being damaged.
Enter Joe Smith (how’s that for an original name) and the scientist known only as Wade (he’s obviously world reknown, so he only has to use one name, like Madonna, Oprah, etc.), and they’ve arrived because they work for the CIA, and they’re buying the superconn and the Mandroid before it falls into the enemies hands. Little do they know, the enemy is already waiting for them – Drago. He’s upset with Zimmer because he feels he isn’t getting the credit he deserves, and he doesn’t want to sell the Mandroid. He breaks into the laboratory where Mandroid is being kept, and he steals it after knocking out Wade. Unfortunately, he’s also gotten some of the superconn goo all over his face and he’s become hideously covered in boils. Now he’s out for revenge, and wants Zimmer, his daughter Zanna, their assistant Benjamin Knight, Wade and Joe Smith to pay.
Mandroid sounds like a cool android/robot thing, and it actually looks halfway decent considering the rest of the movie probably didn’t cost too much. I’m not saying it looks cheap, but the effects for the most part aren’t great, and there are only a few unimpressive explosions here or there. With all the elements – an indestructable robot, a scientist out for blood, and the good ole’ American CIA involved, I expected a lot more action and a lot less talking, that’s for sure.
On top of that, this film was rife with plot holes. A few examples: After Drago gets covered in the goo and his face gets all grody, he kidnaps a doctor to do some surgery on him to get him looking a little more normal. Next we know, the doctor is dead and Drago looks exactly the same. What gives? Now he has some mute make him a copper mask, which is kinda cool, but it looks just like his regular face. The mute never saw his face before he made the mask… Must be some kind of psychic. Also, Drago has the Mandroid under his control, and he sends it off to Zimmer’s lab. He could have totally killed the entire crew, but instead he just goes to send a message – “Hey, tell your dad I have Joe Smith. See ya!” again, WTF. Little things like that just kind of cut down on the enjoyment I had for this film.
I have nothing bad to say about the acting, as it was actually decent quality for a Full Moon production. Now, if only they would have worked on the story a little more and not made this film so boring. Mandroid had a lot of potential, but unfortunately even the “action-packed” finale couldn’t save it. Oh yeah, and there’s a sequel – “Invisible: The Chronicles of Benjamin Knight” which follows the fate of the lab assistant, Ben. We’ll be on the lookout for that one as well. As for Mandroid, it gets 2 sped up Yugos out of 5.