In a violent and corrupt prison, decorated cop Louis Burke must infiltrate the jail to find answers to a number of inside murders. What he finds is a struggle of life and death tied in to his own past.
Jean-Claude Van Damme,
Private Luc Deveraux and his sadistic sergeant, Andrew Scott, got killed in Vietnam. The army uses their bodies for a secret project - reanimating dead soldiers as deadly obedient cyborgs. However, their memories come back too.
Jean-Claude Van Damme,
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
There have been a lot of "Mad Max" rip offs. Some have been pretty good (1994's "No Escape.") But some have been absolutely horrendous and an insult to the viewer's intelligence. And as far as post-apocalyptic standards go, there is little in between. This is no exception....and it's in the latter category. "Cyborg," an early Van Damme vehicle, is probably one of the stupidest, slowest-moving films I have ever seen, and I simply don't understand what compelled the producers to make it.
I rate this film a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10, and the 2 is for two particular scenes that were well done. The first is the opening scene, in which there is a narration by the film's villain that promises an interesting, campy film. It absolutely got my attention, and I was looking forward to a fun, circus of a film. But alas, it would not be thus! As soon as characters are shown for the first time, the film sinks. There's really no plot, and it's really only a series of action-sequences featuring Van Damme and his sidekicks (one of whom is the female "cyborg," who really serves no purpose but to attract male viewers to a pretty face) running from a group of mean pirate people, led by a guy who looks a lot like Mario Van Peebles from "Highlander: The Final Dimension" who likes to scream at random and decapitate people.
The second part I liked was a scene in the sewers in which our hero, Van Damme, is hiding in the shadows. The way he kills his attacker is nicely shot, and other than that, it's a mindless romp which feature some wasted sets and not a single good cast member, save maybe Van Damme's female sidekick.
Actually, Van Damme's character has a pretty interesting past, which we see through a series of flashbacks. If they had taken that storyline from his past and used it as the main premise, it could have been a pretty good movie. That was actually a moving story. But no, all this is is a stupid, mindless mess that tries to be a homage to "Mad Max" and instead ranks among "Plan 9 From Outer Space" as a waste of time and effort. Everything that could be called a plot is cliched and dumb, and all the fights are stiff and predictable. For example, why, in the final fight scene, does the villian only grunt and scream like a dying cow? He was so full of vocab before....and his moans really get annoying. And what's up with that crucifixion scene? Is Van Damme supposed to be painted as a Christ-figure. Gosh, I hope not.
It's really not director Albert Pyunn's fault this movie is bad. His direction is actually well-done for what he has to work with. But it doesn't save the film at all....Nothing can save this. Van Damme has never been known for his Oscar-winning films, but this one is undoubtedly his worst. Don't see it....PLEASE.
1/2 out of ****
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