Gunhed (1989)
Robot War

Nomination Year: 2009
SYNOPSIS:  For the last several years, at least one movie that I've watched has contained a preview for Gunhed. This year, I figured it was time to bite the bullet. In the future, an island in the Pacific is devastated in a battle between a rogue robot manufacturing plant and the gunhed (mecha) battalion sent to shut it down. Thirteen years later, an independent salvage team arrives to go through the wreckage. Meanwhile, the day before, a pair of Texas Air Rangers in pursuit of a rogue biodroid with a vial of the dangerous mineral Texmexium, were shot down over the island. The plant and the biodroid quickly kill most of the salvage team and one of the Rangers, forcing the two survivors, as well as a couple of kids who are the lone survivors of the island's original population, to restore one of the gunheds and fight their way off the island. Director Alan Smithee hit the trifecta with this one -- everything is really, really dark; almost all shots are closeups, rarely showing characters in relation to each other or nearby objects, making it extraordinarily difficult to figure out which characters are together or what they're doing; and the Ranger's dialog is a great deal quieter than anything else in the movie, meaning I missed about half her lines. These features combine to make it extremely difficult to figure out what's going on for a great deal of the movie.

Most Ludicrous Premise

It runs on Fusion....
In the future, we will discover a mineral called Texmexium that lets computers take over the world. So we send in a squad of mecha to fight the computer that's trying to take over the world. Because we're apparently very stupid....

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Brenda Bakke was also in L.A. Confidential as "Lana Turner" 
Director Claim to Fame
Masato Harada  
Allen (Alan) Smithee The One and Only 

Greg Pearson

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