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A martial artist hunts a killer in a plague-infested urban dump of the future.

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Furman Vux / Pirate / Bandit
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Brick Bardo (as Rolf Muller)
Haley Peterson ...
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Jackson 'Rock' Pinckney ...
Tytus / Pirate / Bandit
Janice Graser ...
Robert Pentz ...
Base / Pirate / Bandit
Sharon K. Tew ...
Prather / Pirate / Bandit
Chuck Allen ...
Vondo / Pirate / Bandit
Stefanos Miltsakakis ...
Xylo / Pirate / Bandit
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Gibson Rickenbacker is a hired fighter living in a plague-ravaged apocalyptic America where a plague has infested most of the United States and the rest of the world. In New York City, Gibson encounters a woman named Pearl Prophet. Pearl reveals to Gibson that she is a cyborg who is carrying vital-information for a group of scientists in Atlanta who are working on a cure to the plague and Pearl hires Gibson to escort her back to Atlanta. But Pearl is kidnapped by "Pirates" a murderous gang led by Fender Tremolo, who wants the cure for themselves and they decide to take Pearl to Atlanta themselves. Gibson, joined by a young woman named Nady Simmons, goes in pursuit of Fender and his gang, as Gibson sets out to rescue Pearl, stop Fender and his gang from reaching Atlanta and defeat Fender who slaughtered Gibson's family. Written by Daniel Williamson

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He's the First Hero of the 21st Century...And He's Our Only Hope.


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7 April 1989 (USA)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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$10,166,459 (USA)
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The gun used by Gibson Rickenbacker (Jean-Claude Van Damme) are paintball guns, Tipman SMG-60's. This is important in the abandoned factory scene. Rickenbacker runs behind a dumpster and unscrews a 9 oz. CO2 bottle then, inserts another one to simulate "reloading" the weapon. See more »

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In the Original VHS Version, as the fight that in the abandoned building takes place, there is a visible "Blue" stunt mat on the floor. It has since been removed for the DVD Reissue. See more »

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Fender Tremolo: First there was the collapse of civilization: anarchy, genocide, starvation. Then when it seemed things couldn't get any worse, we got the plague. The Living Death, quickly closing its fist over the entire planet. Then we heard the rumors: that the last scientists were working on a cure that would end the plague and restore the world. Restore it? Why? I like the death! I like the misery! I like this world!
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One for the hardiest of hard core Van Damme fans only.
29 July 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"He's the First Hero of the 21st Century...And He's Our Only Hope." Cue a post apocalyptic future, Van Damme and his mission to ensure a Cyborg with critical scientific information ends up in the right hands.

Van Damme has always spoke very candidly about his early film output, he says it's not rocket science, as he got more famous the budgets got bigger and the films got better because of it. Which of course isn't saying much to non fans of the ass kicking Muscles from Brussells. But on a basic action movie level, many Van Damme movies score highly with the popcorn munching crowd, and if the haters want to admit it or not, the choreography and sheer athleticism is truly a sight to behold.

Cyborg, however, is a bad film, it has some worth to the undemanding genre fan, but it's cheap in production and finds Van Damme ill at ease at the time making a film away from the comfort of the ring/fight format (he had looked well at home in Bloodsport the year previously and also in the undervalued Kickboxer released in tandem with Cyborg). The plot is lacking cohesion and director Albert Pyun decides to just lurch from one action set piece to another without a care in the world for structure or narrative thrust. Quite often the action scenes are accompanied by groaningly bad synthesiser music, and there is slow-mo as well, slow, sleepy, tired looking slow-mo. There's decent colour photography and Vincent Klyn's roaring villain is one of the more nasty Van Damme foes from the early part of his career. But really, once we get to the "Christ" metaphor even Van Damme's fans realise they should have rented Kickboxer instead. Fun character names, mind, makes us think of a rock concert! 3/10


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