Cyborg (1989)

R  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  7 April 1989 (USA)
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A martial artist hunts a killer in a plague-infested urban dump of the future.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deborah Richter ...
Vincent Klyn ...
Blaise Loong ...
Furman Vux / Pirate / Bandit
Brick Bardo (as Rolf Muller)
Haley Peterson ...
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


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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Release Date:

7 April 1989 (USA)  »

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Masters of the Universe 2  »

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$500,000 (estimated)


$10,166,459 (USA)

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The chain mail and forearm guards worn by Fender were part of the costume for the character "Blade" in Masters of the Universe (1987). See more »


Although you never see more than two men on deck and four or five below decks on the 40-foot boat, when Gibson catches up in Charleston, Freddy has a lot more men with him. In addition to the cyborg and at least one "pirate" guarding her off-screen, Freddy is joined in one shot by another 13 pirates, and this is after Gibson has already killed five. That's a total of at least 21 on the small boat. See more »


Fender Tremolo: I'll take you to Atlanta, and you'll give *me* the cure. And if you don't, I'll give you the horror show.
[holds up Willy's head]
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Better than usual for Albert Pyun, but...
22 October 2004 | by (Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Produced in the dying years of Cannon films, directed by Albert Pyun, starring an early Van Damme claiming to be "the first hero of the 21st century", claiming to be a "post apocalyptic battle" and with the title "Cyborg", somehow I don't think it will bring many to a state of disbelief when I announce that it's a very poor film. Cheap and tacky in every area, unless you're a huge fan of Van Damme it really should be avoided.

For Albert Pyun in the 80's and early 90's, a "post apocalyptic" movie was just an excuse to avoid any expense for sets and have a bunch of goons in ragged clothes running around large areas of open land or empty buildings. The "post apocalyptic" world Cyborg takes place in was filmed in North Carolina and looks like…uh…North Carolina.

There is action, but it's all rather dull and extremely forgettable and the overly dramatic musical score which accompanies it is extremely irritating. Plus there's no buildup to them, just randomly thrown together which throws away any excitement they may have had. On the plus side, the fights aren't half as bad as those I've seen in later Albert Pyun movies but Van Damme has done a lot better.

As far as acting goes, you'll get zero. Not that you'd expect award winning performances in a movie like this, but still, Van Damme has absolutely minimal dialogue and could pass off for somebody who doesn't speak any English simply being told to speak his lines phonetically. He is that poor, but at least it's evidence enough that he has tried in later movies. I do find many of his movies entertaining, this isn't one of them. The villains are the complete opposite, and they overact and make embarrassing howling and screaming when fighting Van Damme without being remotely scary in the least. Although it certainly doesn't say much for the state of humanity if the world was to be under threat for a second from these clowns!

The post apocalyptic genre is generally one of the weakest in the field of B-movies with the likes of Steel Frontier being one of the few exceptions and this is just about as poor as it gets. Not good enough to be worth watching or not even bad enough to be funny. At best it's tedious and dull so unless you're a huge fan of Van Damme I recommend you to stay away. On the plus side, it remains the best film by schlock director Albert Pyun I've seen to date but that's probably even more of a reason to avoid it than anything else.

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