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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…
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.
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.
Essentially a western set in the post apocalypse: a woman needs to take a precious cargo to Atlanta, bad guys hijack the woman and her cargo, and JCVD plays the lone gunslinger who tries to help her. The story is fleshed out with innumerable flashbacks (always the sign of a well-told tale), which show how van Damme had attempted to settle down and put his gunfighting ways behind him, when his family was killed by the bad guy he's after now.
Despite the flashbacks, the story isn't the problem. In fact, a western-themed Road Warrior movie should have been awesome. The main problem is that nobody can act, certainly none of the male actors. There is endless…
One of my favorite JCVD films. Cheeseball, gory, ludicrous, and highly enjoyable.
I wish I'd read the backstory before watching, there's other reviews to read that detail it but it's kinda awesome.
Pretty poor though and I normally love this sort of stuff.
Directed by Albert Pyun.
Written by Kitty Chalmers, Daniel Hubbard-Smith.
Cast includes Jean Claude Van-Damme, Deborah Richter, Vincent Klyn, Dayle Haddon.
Released, in 1989, an American Martial-Arts Science Fiction film, with a running time of 82 minutes, and a 15 rating.
When I was about 7 or 8 years old, my mum went out for a night, and I had a babysitter who lived two doors up, a 17/18 year old who I knew and whose brother I was friends with. He and his best mate were looking after me, and they found a VHS double bill, of Jean Claude Van-Damme, the films Bloodsport and Cyborg. Both films were some of JCVD’s earliest films, and the lads decided to…
This is my favorite early movie from Van Damme. Dark scifi with almost no plot, but full of plot holes. But who cares ? The story serves as a background for the fighting scenes.
"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.
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