Originally Posted by Hammerhead
This sounds vaguely like Slipstream
(1989), with Bill Paxton and Mark Hammill, plus Bob Peck as a robot.
The description is NOTHING like 'Slipstream'.
Set in a post-war atmosphere, Byron (Bob Peck) is an android who has the power of healing and wants to have human traits. He is also wanted for a murder which he didn't commit and is running from the law. Tasker (Mark Hamill) and Belitski (Kitty Aldridge) are ruthless lawmen who capture Byron and are on their way to taking him back. They stop at a rundown diner and run into Matt (Bill Paxton), a poor, two-bit arms dealer who kidnaps Byron in hopes to cashing him in for a big reward.
Matt and Byron fly off into the "slipstream", a dangerous wind current that was created by man's destruction of the environment. The evil Tasker and the sympathetic Belitski, are trailing them in hopes to gain back their criminal. Matt and Byron seek refuge at a location run by a newly reformed society. There, Matt and Byron bond as friends, and Byron finds true love. But when Tasker, enters the new civilization, all hell breaks loose. That's pretty much the heart of it. There's more to tell, but I'll stop here.
The film has that "post-war" feel to it, as seen in many movies like, the "Mad Max" films and "The Postman". The look of the film is great, the film's score by Elmer Bernstein is spectacular and the premise is very intriguing. Mark Hamill is most of the reason why you should watch the film, he delivers probably his best performances ever here. Playing the sinister lawman Tasker, Hamill sports a black trench coat, mustache and beard, a slick weapon and drives a wicked aircraft. The man is the complete opposite of Luke Skywalker, looks like he could've blended in with "The Matrix" crew. Bill Paxton is always cool, always funny, yet not used in this film properly, maybe miscast. Peck is perfect as the android Byron, however the very cute Kitty Aldridge could use some help in the acting territory. Oddly enough, Oscar winners Ben Kingsley and F. Murray Abraham turn in respectable cameos.
Written by Tony Kayden, whose effort before this was the ridiculous Anthony Michael Hall actioner "Out of Bounds", really dropped the ball on his script. There are so many things that could've been done with this material, and it fell short. The story even gets boring at times, it needed more action and more plot development. This film had potential to be a really good science-fiction fantasy. Director Lisberger does all he can do with the dying script, definitely not a worthy follow-up to his admirable "Tron". But it's definitely worth a look if your a genre fan, even if its just to see Mark Hamill at his coolest.