Assassin – Movie Review #2 in 100 Movies of Sci-Fi
Assassin, starring Robert Conrad as Henry Stratton, a retired field agent for the CIA, is re-activated to help hunt down a cybernetic robot played by Richard Young. The cybernetic robot called Robert Gholam was created as a top-secret project, the co-creator included Mary Casallas played by Karen Austen.
This ultra-secret robot was programmed by one of its paranoid makers to go out and kill government officials based on his paranoia of Russian involvement. Henry Stratton and Mary Casallas work together in an attempt to locate this robot, find out where it will be next, and who will be assassinated. Once they figured out what’s going on, they locate the robot attempt to stop him.
This robot, of course, has very few weaknesses; he can even take bullets, except in his brain, which is stored in his gut, but was quickly made bullet proof with a metal plate. He can also jump off buildings five or six stories high. He gets shot on multiple occasions with it taking little or no effect on him. Just a little bit of 80s cheese here, nothing overly impressive, and nothing terrible or horrible for that matter. This movie is your typical TV movie: guy retires, government agency does something stupid, they find someone that used to be involved with the project, contact the retired guy at his cabin in the woods, get him involved to try to save the everyone. It is fairly predictable and fairly average for 1986.
I would rate assassin on about 5.5 on a scale of 1 to 10. I enjoyed the movie and look forward to the next one.