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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…
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…
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…
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.
One Van Damme early films; Its not as good as the later films he would make; but it does has its fun moments.
AKA Pyun-ative Van Dammage. I waited almost thirty years to get around to this and I probably shouldn't have. This is definitely lesser Van Damme and lesser Albert Pyun, which is a shame.
The Passion of Van Damme
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Decided to watch this again after so many years and it's quite good :) too bad the hot chick died 😕
I really enjoyed this film!
Cannon Films' Cyborg has two major strikes against it:
1. The score is absolutely overbearing in its distractingly awful MIDI-glory
2. The action scenes aren't particularly good
That being said, I kind of liked it. While the execution of the fight choreography is lacking, the overall concepts are often there. The set design and world-building are just delicious as far as low-budget 80's films go. And it's just goofy enough to tread the line between something to watch in earnest and something to laugh at.
That score is irredeemable though.
Van Damme fighting MAD MAX rejects in a post-apocalyptic future. Totally bonkers and fun. I love how director Albert Pyun blends science fiction with the Samurai cinema and Spaghetti Western. Focusing mainly on action and atmosphere (there is hardly any dialogue in the film,) CYBORG reaches the heights of pure cinema!
Not the best of Cannon's oeuvre, to put it lightly. This film is quite boring. Also, why the hell is this movie called Cyborg?
Unsurprisingly shit, but this does feature a villain who looks like a shitty late 80s wrestler and Van Damme being crucified, so Cyborg has its moments.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
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