It feeds on your fear
Chaank Armaments is experimenting with the ultimate fighting machine which is part human - part machine. So far, the Hardman project has been unreliable and has killed a number of innocent people. The genius behind this project is Jack who lives in a world of models, toys and magazines. When he is fired by Cale for killing a few corporate officers, he unleashes the ultimate killing machine called the 'Warbeast' against Cale and those who would help her.
The year is 2003 and a high tech weapons technology company is in hot water after an incident involving a new human-machine hybrid, so after the man responsible (Brad Douriff) for the creation is fired he ends up taking revenge on the company with his new secret weapon, the 'Warbeast'. Now the surviving employees, and some human rights radicals who broke in, must try to escape the 100-floor building before the 'Warbeast' gets them if they want to survive.
Hyper-kinetic mid-'90s action that's pace is in overdrive. Stephen Norrington's debut feature combines a deadly machine that seems to have ADHD with the horrible '90s futuristic aesthetic - the one where hackers wear ripped jeans and finger gauntlets. Hilariously over the top in every way (there's a scene where they smoke 'future' joints which look like they would take months to roll), Death Machine combines sci-fi, horror, and action into a hyper-stylized mess that's mindless entertainment that's big dumb fun.
A mediocre yet entertaining sci-fi/horror film held together by a perfectly hammy performance from Brad Dourif and tons of fun homages to just about every 80s science fiction film.
Man this movie is all kinds of awesome, part Hardware part Universal Soldier it has goofiness, insanity, overacting. It doesn't take it self too seriously and sometimes the action raises to this comedic level and its funny to watch Brad Dourif and company go ape shit crazy with their performance.
Death Machine gets an additional star for having a somewhat interesting plot - otherwise, it's a largely unremarkable film. Craft-wise, it feels a lot rawer than other similarly budgeted movies made around the same time period. It almost feels like a DTV movie from 1987 that was transported forward in time 7 years.
Also, I think Brad Dourif pretty much solidified his standing as the "low end guy who will do anything for money" in this film - Sir Ben Kingsley pretty much rules the high end.
Cool. Stupid. Punky. Incoherent. Great attitude. Lousy film.
While the year says 1994, the film would have probably done better (and had a stronger budget) had it been 1988...because the feels like a misplaced 80s science fiction/horror/action flick. Owing its fair share to the likes of Robocop, Blade Runner, and the first Terminator, Death Machine is a charming low budget film that's hindered by some odd plot devices and its obviously low budget. Yet Norrington does admirably with what he has and Brad Douriff adds a much needed boost to the craziness of the film.
Not-bad killbot movie from the mid-90's, with Brad Dourif playing a loopy creep like he often did around the time. The practical effects on the killbot are not terribly sophisticated, but they're convincing enough, and there's enough excitement spread amongst the silliness and cheese and random, unnecessary character bits (the exec chick posed for a skin mag as a young 'un, and...that's all that's done with that) to make it worth checking out for killbot fans.
Director went on to make Blade...and then The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. And then somebody with the power to make it happen must've said "You'll never work in this town again"
I'd rather watch THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN on repeat than ever force myself to sit through this again. Brad Dourif's wacky (what else?) performance was the only thing that kept me awake.
I've seen two versions of this film now, and while the longer is definitely better than the shorter, it's still a film with both great ideas and some serious flaws. Takes forever to get going, but the midsection is pretty terrific. A perfect example of a movie that should be remade, since it's a pretty solid idea that wasn't executed as good as it could have been.
Would have been okay if it were made in 1982 and had a lively MST3k commentary. As is, it's a lesson in the banal torture of extreme boredom.
You'd think a movie that combines ideas from Terminator, Aliens, Robocop, and Die Hard would at least be entertaining.
Fullscreen crop destroys most of the visuals of this film or that could be the director.
Another 90's horror/thriller capitalizing on people's growing anxieties concerning technology. Not once does this film manage to be anything.
Wie verbringt man die Weihnachtstage am besten? Mit einem ekligen, billigen 90er Jahre Cyber-Robo-Thriller auf Tele5.