***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…
I Liked Cyborg and That's OK
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.
I feel I wouldn't like this film as much if Van Damme didn't take over the editing and make this more of an action film than Pyun's more sci-fi slant. It just wouldn't have worked, so early in Van Damme's 'acting' career, as well as the fact that it was a Cannon picture and thus wouldn't have looked the way it was intended as a sci-fi because of their lousy budgets.
Still, it feels like one long sustained action film for a good 40 minutes of its running time, and that's a good thing. It makes Fender such an unstoppable badass.
I haven't seen this one for almost 20 years. The movie I remember was full of suspenseful action and cool surroundings. The movie I just watched is... none of that. Van Damm fresh out of BLOODSPORT should be excellent but is not. The fights are lame, the story is whatever and actors are... there aren't any actors, just a bunch of (semi)muscular men and a woman. Pyun was never a "good" director but I found his fumblings relatively fun and entertaining. Maybe his movies are meant for teens and kids, because of what I've re-watched so far they worked much better in those days then now.
Jean-Claude Van Damme guides a half-woman, half machine across an apocalyptic wastleand, beating the crap out of a bunch of bad guys along the way, in this extremely cheap, mostly plotless action flick. J.C.V.D. made a few decent movies back in the day, but this wasn't one of them..
The only memorable thing about this is Mario Van Steroids. The rest is just... dull. JCVD is kept on such a short leash, he doesn't get to have any fun. So we don't either. It's okay as a trashy B-movie, but as a Van Damme movie this is not recommended at all.
Amazing. Everything my brother and I would have put in a film when we were 8 - 11.
While the sets and costumes are nicely done, Cyborg is way to plodding to be classed as entertainment. Schifrin's wallowing score and the sluggish camera work linger on characters who refuse to speak in full sentences. All before Pyun has the audacity to hit us with copious slow-motion and repeated flashbacks. Never has 82 minutes seemed so snoozy.
But shit, I can happily watch Van Damage till the cows come home and Vincent Klyn pulls some memorably agonized expressions and is quite the physical threat. While the rest of the cast is uniformly appalling there is fun to be had in the performances and the woeful prosthetic effects on display.
Still, a man lost an eye for this and I like to think Ralf Möller turned up on set fully expecting to play Ram-Man. Can you imagine the coked-up jokers that were going to let Pyun loose on Masters of the Universe and Spiderman. What a terrifyingly enticing prospect.
Ugh, what a travesty. But there are at least some great cheesy moments within the duration of a film cursed with a tracing paper-thin plot and awful acting and effects. I loved how many times this film's villain would take off his sunglasses to freak people out with his blue contact lenses. That never got old.
Van Damme, a post-apocalyptic future, crazy costumes, martial arts and the Cannon Films logo: The perfect recipe for an entertaining guilty pleasure.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
I'm trying to create a full list of the subgenres. Cyberpunk can best be defined as high tech meets low…