By Bruce Fretts
Updated September 06, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

Soloflex might be a better title. Buff, often-shirtless Mario Van Peebles stars as an android manufactured by the U.S. military to be the ultimate killing machine. But when this tin man turns out to have a heart — he won’t massacre innocent civilians — his creators try to dismantle him. So Solo goes AWOL in the Latin American jungle, befriending a village of kindly campesinos and defending them against evil rebels and bloodthirsty American commandos. Director Norberto Barba lets Solo waver between ill-lit action and fish-out-of-water comedy (see Solo learn to tell a joke!). When it comes to mixing martial-arts mayhem with deadpan humor, Van Peebles doesn’t have Jackie Chan’s chops — or even Jean-Claude Van Damme’s. D