“ Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy - Science Fiction / Theatrical Release: 1988 / Director: Steven Lisberger / Actors: Mark Hamill, Bob Peck ... / DVD released 04 October, 2004 at Entertainment in Video / Features of the DVD: Full Screen, PAL „
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This is a movie I remember watching many many years ago, so when I got chance to watch it tonight I took it. I love revisiting old classics. This movie is a typical late 80's movie bringing together a good story line, emotions, deeper meanings and sci-fi.
The movie is one of the latter few movies that Mark Hamill did before his accident, which caused him to have a lot of reconstructive surgery and made him only do voice over parts for video games. It is also one of the many movies that Bill Paxton has done through his above average career.
Story (May contain spoilers)
In the distant future the Earth has been devastated by natural disasters, earthquake, floods, etc. The people believe technology is what caused these disasters, so now they shun it. The people live in little pockets all around the Earth in canyons to protect them from the Slipstream, violent winds flowing over the surface of the Earth. The only way to travel now is by plane.
Mark Hamill plays Will a law enforcer tracking down a killer. This killer is no ordinary killer though he is an android. When Will manages to catch him along the route he stops where the Android is captured by Matt, a rogue type person always looking for the big break. Now comes the main story. Matt wants to take the Android in for the bounty so he can open a balloon shop. Will wants to get his Android back for the bounty, especially as he spent a few months tracking him down.
Now starts the main adventure of the movie as Matt and the Android, Byron, start to develop a friendship, and Matt no longer views him as someone who killed for evil reasons. Along the way they bump into a few communities whom have ulterior motives for the two of them, as well as them having to be on the watch out for Will being on their tail.
Byron the android is on his own mission of trying to become more human, and this journey helps him discover his potential, as well as emotion.
This movie is definitely a classic. It was just as good watching it now as it was when I was younger. No special effects were needed, it just had an excellent story playing on a post apocalyptic world, mixed with blade runner, mixed with a typical bounty hunter movie. It is awesome!
I love how you initial start disliking the android thinking he is a killer, but as time goes on you actually don't understand how he would kill, to understanding the requirements that would need to happen to make this android kill. The discovery of emotion, and the realisation of the android and his reactions as he gains those emotions.
It is also good how you start with a typical rogue, who looks a bit like he would screw anyone over, yet he is the one who ends up helping this android evolve, as well as learning more about himself.
I thoroughly recommend watching this movie, if you see it cheap online buy it, or go out of your way to watch it on sky if it's ever on.
Slipstream Set in a Mad Max future where people pilot gliders, Earth has been devastated by man's pollution and giant winds rule the planet. A bounty hunter kidnaps a convicted murderer from two police officers and in doing so plans to cash in the bounty himself. These in turn try to hunt the two men down...gripping stuff. I remember very clearly back in 1989 when this streaming pile of shit was released, not because I was interested in the film itself but because it saw the return of Mark Hamill to the big screen after 6 years of absence. I was later to discover that the film was produced by Gary Kurtz, the producer of Star Wars episodes 4 and 5. I didn’t really care about these points, as I was far more curious at how terrible this film actually was. The ‘selling’ points just ensured that the film was ignored and apparently wasn’t even given a US release and took almost 10 years before it got its British TV première. The first attempt at watching this film was impossible. It’s not very often I switch a film off, rewind it and gladly hand it back to the video shop demanding my money back. But Slipstream was the first. It wasn’t until I became a student and didn’t have anything else better to do than to finish watching it one evening on British television that I was reminded of how bad the film was. For years when the subject of terrible movies would come up I would immediately use Slipstream as the prime example. It has absolutely no redeeming features - from murky photography, confused editing and an incoherent and pretentious script. Follow this up by the terrible acting and you couldn’t do any worse than this. Director Steven Lisberger is also known for other great movies such as Tron and the mildly entertaining Animalympics (I'm being sarrcastic just in case you take me seriously)...and that’s just about it. His films use an impressive cast and truly show tha
t great actors such as Ben Kingsley and F. Murray Abraham can always be made to look like incompetent fools. To be this bad at film making means you never make anything ever again, which he has gladly done so. If I could give it 0, believe me I would.