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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…
It's the 80's, the film takes place in the future. A future that belongs to the bad guys. A future with no running water, no power; a ramshackled glory of structures stretching for as far as the eyes can see. This is a future where punk is god and grunge is not just a lifestyle but a living condition. This is post-apocalyptic America (I mean Earth), where a plague has ravaged life on Earth for years, killing entire populations.
The plot/mission brief: Locate the girl, the cyborg that has the anti-pathogen in her body, which needs to reach the scientists in Atlanta so they may proceed to make MDMA or save mankind or whatever the fuck. Ensure her safety and…
I hadn't seen this since it was released in theaters and have no idea why I watched it tonight. By the time I realized what I was doing it was too late to turn back.
Watched for inclusion on the Body-Horror-Action-Movie-Dread List, and because I somehow missed it when I was a kid. Immediately after I watched it, I learned there's a director's cut available under the title of SLINGER (though the additional footage is, apparently, pretty roached). I've included it on the list for the moment, but will be reserving full judgment till I see Pyun's version (the title card on the disc suggests that he was removed from the editing of the film before it was finished, thus the differences in this cut).
The first six minutes of the different cut on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbWp9vSpvBc
JCVD as apocalyptic future Jesus.
And here I thought van Damme would be the Cyborg... set in the wastelands of what should have been the He-Man movies, uhm van Damme kicks ass and, well, stuff.
LE film qui a servit d'inspiration pour les jeux Fallout (Le Wasteland et les Raiders) et The Last of Us (pour la mission et un virus)
*La belle fille du film avait des gros seins chirurgiés style années 80 et sa bouche était clairement refaite.
*Chaque fois que le méchant enlève ses lunettes de soleil il y a un zoom sur ses yeux verts.
*JCVD fait évidemment une split vraiment cool dans les égouts et il a un petit couteau qui sort de son soulier quand il se bat.
*Le méchant crie vraiment beaucoup, surtout à la fin.
Je conseil ce film aux gens qui, tout comme moi, ont besoin d'assouvir leur soif de films d'action des années 80.
À la prochaine.
Over the top cheese. Let no one tell you this is a good movie but also let know one say it isn't entertaining either.
I was surprised VanDamme passed up the chance to do splits while crucified.
Van Damme gouged out someone's eye during the filming of this movie and got sued for $485,000.
I love Cannon Films.
How does this movie screw up everything SO BADLY? Starts with such promise and then spectacularly goes off the rails the likes of which I dont think I've ever witnessed before. Van Damme isn't even the titular cyborg, he's just a dude. A dude who manages to get off a cross by screaming at it, but still.
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