***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…
I Liked Cyborg and That's OK
"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…
"We Got The Plague"
Chainmail, extensions & knockoff Oakleys spray-painted silver: always a good look, like a pirate-themed seafood restaurant exploded over a few city blocks, with crucified people rather than shipfront merfolks. In the future, USB drives walk and talk on their own. A series of ratted mazes, some of them burning.
Frontier life is difficult, especially when the future is the edge of human history. Moral dubiousness signalled by fakeness of ponytails. A Very Special Little House On The Big Woods about bad gingham and barbed wire did Kubla Khan decree, or at least suggest. Stabbed with rebar, or not, I am leaving this place.
Lower-case transformers or hot water heaters left out to rust? The Sprawl is mighty…
Its shortcomings are pretty well documented and agreed upon, so don't need to be rehashed except to say that I actually really liked the cheap look of it. Something about the artificial sets give this dystopia a weird atmosphere that I kind of liked, plus Fender is something of a masterpiece of camp villainy. Pretty enjoyable film with charm, though it really doesn't deliver on the promise of cyborgs strangely enough.
"Cure it? Why? I like the death. I like the misery. I LIKE THIS WORRRRRLD!!"
The movie has a fantastic synth score. I've listened to the CD more than I have watched the movie (which I highly enjoy)
This is the story of Gibson Rickenbacker fighting against the evil forces of Fender Tremolo ...I can't make this shit up, but clearly someone could.
This film was way cooler when I was 10.
I Liked Cyborg and That's OK
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.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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