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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…
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…
This was my second viewing of Cyborg and I must say with your brain turned off this one is fun for it's 82 minute runtime. Just the right length. Van Damme wants revenge again. This time against a man/pirate who killed his girlfriend and her son and took her daughter away. The pirate (Fender) also takes a cyborg with the cure with him. In this world the world is hit by a devestating plague. More information isn't needed because the story just progresses with nothing special to the story. This one is fun because of the final battle, Van Damme being nailed on a cross atop of a ship. Characters being named after guitars and the epic split knife kill. That one was just brutal.
Yes, I get why Cyborg is ranked badly but this one was campy/corny in the right way for me plus I am slightly, just slightly biased when it comes to JCVD movies.
This movie does not hold up well. Wow. A futuristic movie about a man that has to escort a cyborg to Atlanta to deliver a cure for mankind. Van Damme is the reluctant hero as the bad guy killed his family. Fight scenes are cheesy, the set pieces are are so cheesy, hell everything about this movie is cheesy. I remember when my friends and I were doing home movies and we started making one that was similar to this type of story and it was about the same level of cheese of this. Lame.
Not sure I should *really* be rating this, considering how it was more background noise than an actual watch, but I was surprised by a few things:
-some of the cyborg effects weren't bad
-there's a LOT of skin in this, both Van Damme-cake and the other kind
-some of the fights were pretty good
-some of the supporting effects were hilariously bad. There's some matte paintings that are nearly as good as the ones from Billy Idol's Dancing with Myself video. Nearly.
-I would have to re-watch to confirm, but it seemed mildly enjoyable in a cheesy way.
'Jesus Christ Van Damme'?
Possibly the only JCVD film from the 80s which I had not seen. Was probably for the best.
This is dumb and bad and the fights are no good.
Set in a terrifying dystopian future where hairdressing is a lost art and everything happens in slow motion, Cyborg overcomes many flaws - many many flaws - to become a weirdly loveable trash action film. It may have one of the shittest villains of all time - permanently shouting, incoherent at best, he removes his glasses to dramatically reveal his interestingly coloured eyes approximately ninety times - and the action is poorly shot and unspectacular. The flashbacks (which occur roughly every seven seconds) are muddled and repetitive.
* The character names are amazing, formed out of mashed together names of musical equipment for no reason - Jean-Claude Van Damme plays Gibson Rickenbacker, facing off against the villainous Fender Tremolo…
What the hell was in the water in the 80s that made so many action stars think they were Jesus? Eastwood, Stallone, and Van Damme as holy trinity.
Is there anything better than an 80s bad guy?? Where did they find these people and where did they all go?! Vincent Klyn was like Goro in Mortal Kombat - running around sounding like a straight up demon! Really cool Jean-Claude sci-fi action flick. Very 80s, very fun - fantastic Van Damme split scene in this. Everyone in 80s action movies always look like they are really getting their ass whipped.
Jean-Claude Van Damme and Vincent Klyn play guys (one good, one bad, respectively) who are named after guitars for some reason. They fight each other a lot and Vincent Klyn grunts all the time, but in an awesome way. There's this whole other thing about some cyborg gal with info in her brain-pan that can cure this awful plague, but that's not as cool as the fighting. Top honors go to Van Damme's flashback wig.
Cyborg lacks energy and doesn't have the amount of camp to make it fun for its entire running time. The silly as fuck villain who spends most of his screen time shouting "ARRRRRRRRRRGH!!!" is a blast to watch, though.
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