***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
He's the First Hero of the 21st Century... And He's Our Only Hope.
A martial artist hunts a killer in a plague-infested urban dump of the future.
Cannon Films were in pre-production for Masters of the Universe 2 and Spider-Man, two films that were going to shoot simultaneously under the direction of B-Movie auteur Albert Pyun. With sets built and costumes made, everything fell apart financially for both films, but Cannon needed to recoup the money spent somehow.
Out of the ashes of He-Man and Spider-Man rose Cyborg as Pyun was determined that he was directing a film. To utilize the sets and costumes that were already made, he wrote the story over a weekend, naming every character in the film after musical instruments or manufacturers (all guitar related) so that he could have a showdown between Gibson and Fender. If that wasn't enough…
"Fender!" - Gibson Rickenbacker
Low budget post-apocalyptic movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. I saw this as a child but while watching it now I still remembered some iconic images and moments, like the crucifixion, the deserted buildings, the sewer. Lots of good fights, especially the last one in the rain between Gibson and Fender. So there's this cyborg that has information about a cure for the plague. Fender wants to have the cure so he can rule the world. Gibson wants to avenge his family who was murdered by Fender. This is shown through what I like to call a "Western flashback", when the hero's motif is gradually revealed as the movie plays out, as seen in Once Upon a…
A post-apocalyptic thriller that is a little Mad Max, a little Terminator, and all Jean-Claude Van Damme, Albert Pyun's "Cyborg" is a solid, if unremarkable, future-world adventure. Starring Van Damme as a man on a mission to find the titular android, the film is limited in terms of narrative, resources, and overall quality; it still, however, manages to entertain.
Playing a character whose history is revealed slowly through flashback, Van Damme works his way through a plot that involves pirates, plagues, and human-appearing robots. The story is simply a foundation for post-apocalyptic fight scenes, but the little bit of sturdy narrative there is serves its purpose.
The action is competent, and Pyum balances quiet moments with spectacle. The film's low…
....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!! oh god, this movie was so horrible, that I ended up laughing my ass off, Cyborg is probably one of Van Damme's worst movies he's ever done.
The story is misleading, first off, the movie is called "Cyborg", and when you look at the poster for the film, you're like "holy shit, is Van Damme the cyborg, is he gonna fight the cyborg?", but no, the cyborg is actually a side character who doesn't have much screen-time in the film, the whole movie focuses on Van Damme fighting against this pirate leader for killing his girlfriend, I don't know which Van Damme movie was more misleading, Street Fighter, or this pile of vomit.
The acting is sub-par, out of…
No action star can cry like JCVD cries. No one.
There was plenty to like in Cyborg, it was still an action film with plenty of revolving door bad guys shuffling in to get kicked in the face, but the film was packaged within a science fiction/fantasy world. It was great to see JCVD in this setting, providing a fresh look at his usual work. My only real complaint is that he didn't have very many lines.
Cyborg has a wonderful musical score, great FX with a few wonderful cyborg scenes, amazing high fantasy meets Road Warrior fashion--tattered chain-mail with dreadlocks and apocalyptic sunglasses, boots with retractable blades, bad wigs in flashback scenes and surprisingly good cinematography/point-of-view shots, all of…
Undoubtedly the single best shot and directed low budget sci-Fi action film EVER. The visual panache, shot composition and editing selection and mise en scene here is better than most big budget spectacles today. It's streaming on Netflix. Recognize.
Pieza de basura de las postrimerías de Cannon Films, el recuerdo que tenía de ella poseía más gracia y energía que la película en si misma. El error está en que Pyun tiene a un Van Damme jojotico y no lo sabe aprovechar. Es cierto que algunas secuencias son interesantes, especialmente si consideramos que esta película tuvo un presupuesto casi inexistente; se reconoce una cierta ambición en partes de la edición y puesta en escena, pero todo es abrupto y carente de resolución.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
En esta película, Albert Pyun oculta a Jean Claude Van Damme a punta de cortes. En vez de mostrarlo fluido, corte, corte y corte. Fracasa, por supuesto. Personajes nada interesantes, un villano plano y vacío y secuencias realmente olvidables.
Es el resultado de reciclar lo que no se uso para He-Man 2. Cannon aquí raspando la olla en el presupuesto.
This is one of the few early Van Damme movies that I never got around to seeing back in the day, scared off by the universal scorn, scorn which doesn't seem to have much abated while even the most obviously shitty movies manage to eventually attract their cult.
The best I've heard about it is that maybe, just maybe, it's Albert "everything gets filmed in a junkyard" Pyun's idea of an arthouse action movie, like his Drive. That is a kind reading. It might not even be a wrong one - there's something envelope-pushingly expressionistic about an exchange between hero and villain that requires them both to shirtlessly grunt inarticulately at each other at great length.
Made out of leftover…
Neo Hoboken: 20xx. Crazy-eyed pirates rule a plague ridden wasteland, and filthy mothers sell their crying ball bouncing brood into slavery for a few lousy neo-shekels. In this savage world filled with rain drenched budget Blade Runner sets and leatherboy mean-masked marauders stealing Mad Max's look, GIBSON RICKENBACKER (Jean-Claude Van Damme) pulls himself off a crucifix and roundhouse kicks a wraparound sunglasses wearing jabronie onto a meathook.
Way more fun than than its hand me down parts have any right to be and padded with 25% slow motion running and screaming and tussling, Cyborg makes for a good dumb'n'fun watch. It's no Dollman, but I'm a sucker for pulpy post apocalyptic futures.
Very bad. Very gross, and very weird. The bad guy is at least a little interesting? But it's a weird slog and JCVD is firmly phoning it in anyways.
Notes on Cyborg:
Dummy fall: It's Cannon!
Van Damme is crucified. JC indeed.
Is Vincent Klyn Vin Diesel's dad? His voice sounds like it's in slow motion.
Vincent Klyn shops at the same store that Bennet from Commando does. Rest of the wardrobe came from failed hair metal bands.
Honey, put your scalp back on. You're no Robocop.
Multiple flashbacks and flashbacks of flashbacks. Also one of the flashbacks is mirrored for no reason.
Hey, let's use the same shot of a boat that we used earlier but this time we'll put a binoculars overlay on it. Yes!
Guitar names for character names.
Van Damme's female sidekick looks like she just got out of a botox procedure.
Lots of yelling.
Multiple scenes of knife sharpening.
Van Damme's anime-esque wig.
Splitting in the sewers.
Some other shit that I'm already forgetting.
Oh, I like to say Albert Pyun. Pyun! Pyun! It's like a laser!
Barrages of broken glass, bloodied and sweat-drenched faces, littered streets and wrecked cars. Blue rain. It's a Cannon sci-fi apocalypse, JCVD-style! The heavily elliptical editing style, even during the action sequences, really gives the film a messy aesthetic. It's difficult to tell what's going on during fight scenes and even the scenes that attempt "narrative" are muddled, coherent only in their recurring genre motifs. To an extent, this sort of seems like a good thing; it's a film you have to just feel, which for action cinema is rare and intriguing to me. Of course, I didn't find myself getting emotionally involved with the film as I would have in a different cinematic fever dream (Double Team, for example), but there's a lot of potently discombobulated action and fantasy imagery: a young Muscles from Brussels duking it out against some tall, greasy-haired villain with colored contact lens called Fender. And those cyborgs look incredibly creepy.
Van Damme's best film not named Woo's HARD TARGET.
Frankly, from the genre of post apocalyptic films, you could say that this film was ahead of it's time.
It was fun to revisit this young Van Damme after having not seen the film since I was a kid. Might have to seek out the director's cut of this film called SLINGER.
Very much recommended.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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