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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…
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…
....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…
Van Damme does what he does best in this low budget sci-fi film from Albert Pyun. Visually it's striking with some wonderfully realized locations and the energetic score gives even the slowest of fight scenes a little more punch. The awful editing in order to get the film the desired R rating takes much away from the film leaving many of the fight scenes to play out off screen with characters disappearing mid fight so as to hid the bloody ending. Still, it's an entertaining and fun 80 minutes that's never boring and sometimes that's all you really want from a film such as this.
My second Van Damme movie was much worse than the first. The atmosphere of "Cyborg" is cool, but everything else is not. It's an 80 minute movie that feels far too drawn out. It takes forever to finish. Not a a fan of this one.
Some details to the review I gonna make!
As Gibson slits an enemy's throat with a knife in his cowboy boot, blood spurt splashes on the floor.
Fender cutting Strat's throat at the end (offscreen). Then he cleans the bloody knife by wiping it against a pirate's arm and make a comment:"You, my friend, are screwed. Now I claim your soul, asshole. For Satan." Fender shows them the severed head of Strat.
Gibson is nearby and kills most of the pirates. He breaks a pirate's neck with a boot kick. A loud crack can be heard. Gibson kills an opponent with the machete ,the machete exits the opponent's back. As he stabs his opponent, blood splashes around and the enemy…
JCVD doesn't have any awesome one-liners. For that reason, I give it one star.
not one of his best, the bad guys really did look the part in this but the fight scenes where just to slow, would have been better if it was more violent
The kind of movie that only works at the end of your longest, most exhaustive day in a while, where you plop on the couch and throw on something that requires the bare minimum brain power. Where you're too tired to even open your phone and play online chess so that the nonsense on the big screen gets full focus. In the case of CYBORG, it operates as pure dream logic. A paranoid nightmare with splashes of sexual fantasy. You wake up and for a second thought it all made sense. You can still feel the intense emotions of it. But when you piece it together it was just a lot of screaming and blood and being horny. Sound and fury signifying nothing.
Jean Claude Van Damme.
Not a cyborg.
Van Damme is so bad-ass that a crucifixion has no effect on him. Or it's a Jesus Christ thing. Yes, this movie has a cyborg in it, for a minute. The rest is Van Damme bringing the moves. There are some awesomely gruesome images scattered here and there, and some cool lighting.
This film is virtually unwatchable, it has no plot a terrible score and full of awful acting.
(Viewing Format: 2014 Blu-ray, 1.85:1 HD)
[2016 Challenge: 100/366]
Here is JCVD's first foray into post-apocalyptic cheapie. Made in the waning days of Cannon films, this one is plenty fun - with a crazy villain, lots of blood, and a mild amount of books. It also features many JCVD staples - like splits and ball punching. The tiny budget is well-evidenced in the shitty matte-work and makeup, but otherwise it's a solid B-movie.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…