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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…
I Liked Cyborg and That's OK
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…
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…
JESUS CHRIST VAN DAMME.
Cyborg is cheap, silly, and weird, but it’s the fun kind of cheap, silly, and weird. I would never call this a good movie but at least it’s never a boring movie. At times, it’s impossible to look away from. And considering the film’s strange pre-production story, it’s really a wonder it makes as much sense as it does.
Read my full review over at City on Fire: cityonfire.com/cyborg-aka-slinger-1989-review/
The actor playing Fender achieves a higher state of batshit crazy over acting in this movie.
JCVD pre-millenium oeuvre marathon (JCVDPMOM) #2:
In which learn that Jean-Claude Van Damme can also do the splits, in the future.
Certainly the best Van Damme movie I have seen so far, though that isn't saying much. There's a lot to like here, with cool costumes, well designed sets, a neat score, almost nonstop action, and striking cinematography. Plenty of great visuals throughout. As a bare bones story it's alright, some of the Once Upon a Time in the West flashbacks sort of work, but mainly there's just kind of lame connecting stuff between fight scenes. Many of these fight scenes are well choreographed and exciting. I wish the main villain had been more interesting, he's kind of just cartoonishly edgy and powerful. My biggest question from the film is, how in the hell can Van Damme recover from full blown crucifixion and not only be back in top form, but be an even better fighter than before, in only a few hours?
JESUS CHRIST VAN DAMME.
It has a great "Van Damme" ending.
I always assumed Van Damme was the titular cyborg. A little disappointed that's not the case. Also, not really enough cyborgs in this to justify calling it CYBORG. Still, cool fight scenes and thrown together post apocalypse outfits!
Cannon Films at its Cannon Filmsiest.
The cheapest, stupidest post-apocalyptic movie ever made. Everything is bad -no master shots?, sometimes in a hilarious manner but mainly one of self-pity for watching the work of people with zero talent who have clearly never even seen a film before.
FUN FACT: It only scores a half mark because of Van Damme's character name - Gibson Rickenbacker.
sci-fi films with an aesthetic commonly described as "high-tech, low-life," but also usually deals with the overarching and exaggeratedly powerful…