A tongue-in-cheek sci-fi action pic which owes a considerable debt to the Mad Max movies, Cherry 2000’s greatest asset is topbilled Melanie Griffith, who lifts the material whenever she’s on screen.
Griffith plays E. Johnson, a tracker who lives at the edge of a desert known as The Zone. The year is 2017, and white-collar yuppie Sam Treatwell (David Andrews) seeks Johnson’s help in replacing his beloved Cherry 2000 (Pamela Gidley), a robot sex-object who suffered internal meltdown when Treadwell unwisely tried to make love to her in soapsuds.
For obscure reasons, replacement Cherry clones are stored far out in the Zone, which is ruled over by the psychotic Lester (Tim Thomerson) and his gang. Bulk of the film [story by executive producer Lloyd Fonvielle] consists of efforts of Johnson and Treadwell to avoid capture by Lester and reach the robot warehouse.
Along the way they meet Ben Johnson as a philosophical old-timer and Harry Carey Jr as a treacherous gas-station owner.
Technically, pic is quite lavish and the Nevada locations suitably rugged.