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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…
....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…
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.
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…
"Lower my rating... why? I like Van Damme... I like this movie... I LIKE CY-BOOOOORG!!"
A massively flawed film, Cyborg remains an interesting outing for Jean Claude Van Damme. It's tonally dark, it's very messy, and a number of scees are poorly lit, but there's an unpleasantness to the violence that lends this a very interesting edge when compared to other movies starring The Muscles From Brussels. In fact, a few scenes feel more like horror movie moments than sci-fi action.
One of the worst films I've ever seen. Just incredibly awful.
Where to start?
The plot is nowhere to be found. Revenge stories are usually simplistic, but this goes beyond everything I've witnessed. There is virtually no plot, and the script sounds like it was written by a mentally challenged person. The music, the sound effects, the acting, the way the lines are delivered... awful. All of it.
Heck, even Van Damme was dubbed by himself during some scenes. His accent is so strong he must have been forced to re-record his lines post-prod.
Last but not least, the bad guy... Fender. He certainly is the worst thing about Cyborg. Dude is a surfer from New Zealand. He is no…
This movie is cool. The Van Damme as Christ metaphors are all very apt.
Albert Pyun movies usually are either barely watchable trash or horribly entertaining trash. Unfortunately he seems to make much more of the former. I always have to pause before I watch one of his movies and come to terms with the fact that I'm more than likely throwing away 90 minutes of my life. Cyborg is the only Pyun movie that I can think of that wasn't either unwatchable or gloriously entertaining garbage. It was just OK. It was serviceable. It was impressive in its mediocrity and that's probably the best thing I'll ever say about a Pyun film.
This is on the low end of the Cannon Films spectrum and also on the low end of Van Damme films. Not very good.
So Cyborg is pretty bad. Cyborg is also really entertaining. I appreciate much of what Albert Pyun directed throughout the 80's and early 90's. Even if his movies aren't good they are almost always fun to watch. I actually really like the opening of the film and the world that is setup unfortunately that is all thrown away once our heroes make their move out into the countryside and we lose all of the great post-apocalyptic visuals. That being said, there is really only one reason to see Cyborg. Fender. It has to be one of the most laughably over the top villainous performances ever committed to film and it makes the movie so watchable. This may be billed as a Van Damme movie but this one is all about Fender. Watch it just for him.
Oh Albert Pyun. You crazy bastard. Constantly making movies for Golan & Globus and Cannon Films. Doing your thang. Making movies. One of my buddies had always said there was no in-between with you. Your flicks were either gloriously awful or just plain, you know, awful. But I think this one just proved him wrong. Here we got JCVD rocking in a post-apocalyptic wasteland and you play it surprisingly straight. You don't go nuts. You have some solid dialogue that's well, if cheaply, shot. I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't great and the story's generic as all get out but you did it. You made a perfectly competent and ordinary movie. Well done, sir. Well done.
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