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It is post-World War III. War is outlawed. In its place, are matches between large Robots called Robot Jox. These matches take place between two large superpowers over disputed territories. The main character Achilles is a pilot in one of the large Robots. The plot revolves around him and a match for the state of Alaska.Written by
Empire Pictures went bankrupt during the filming of this, its most expensive film ever. The film was bought by Epic Productions and finished and released nearly two full years after having been first started. See more »
Achilles' scars change throughout the movie. See more »
SPOILER: MGM's R1 DVD carries the film's original PG rating, but includes instances of violence and gore previously unseen in the U.S. and Canada. After Achilles' robot falls on the spectators, there are more shots of both Gary Graham's bloody face and of the dead bodies in the stands. A news broadcast immediately following now opens with a badly burned man screaming in pain for a couple of seconds. Also, when the traitorous Tex shoots scientist Matsumoto in the head, blood sprays on the wall behind the latter. In the old version (released theatrically by Epic and on tape and laserdisc by RCA/Columbia), Tex pulls the trigger and it instead cuts to a recycled shot of an exploding robot on a video monitor; the bloodstained wall is never shown. The bits in question are included on the Japanese DVD, so apparently American and Canadian audiences are only now getting the cut of the movie that the rest of the world has enjoyed for years. The MPAA database indicates that ROBOT JOX was originally rated PG-13, but trimmed to obtain PG. Evidently Epic felt that children were the movie's only audience, which makes one wonder why they didn't also edit out Anne-Marie Johnson's brief nude scene. See more »
If you like mech war games it's pretty good. Some of it is cheap but the robot fights is worth seeing. I've enjoyed the mech war field for some time and this is pretty much the only movie I've ever seen that come close to that feeling of what it would be like to pilot one of those huge mechs. If you like the genera then games you like are Mech Warrior Three and four and if you have an Xbox and $350 to spare Steel Battalion. The movie is worth seeing at least once. There really needs to be some more movies on the same theme out there. Less remakes and more original works.
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