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....
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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
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When Athena enters the robot, she has on a dark visor. This is supposed to protect her from the new flash weapon and helps her get in the robot without being suspected that she is not Achilles. She is knocked down unconscious in the fight, and Achilles comes to rescue her and fight in the robot himself. When he puts on the suit, the visor is now clear for the rest of the fight, as it was for all of his "in the robot" scenes. 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 »
This under-budgeted film has the kind of stuff I like to see in sci-fi movies: A cool premise (two factions using giant Mech-warrior type robots to fight for land or politics in an arena), two-dimensional characters and great miniature filming!
The story's about a soon-to-be-retired jock who drives giant robots and slugs it out with the other faction's jocks and robots. He is unwillingly replaced by a novice girl he cares about or something, and she tries to fight the old jock's nemesis. Before this guy kills the girl, the old jock gets a chance to mount a robot and fight his enemy until both robots are done with.
The fight sequence are nice to see, the miniature filming is top-notch, and the story breezes through without been noticed (believe me, it's not important enough to notice)... The space-fighting scene at least has an honest-to-God true fact about space fighting: no sound!! (for the first time in Sci-fi movie history, except of course for "2001: A space odyssey", but they had no space fighting in "2001...").
For sure, a fun grade-B movie.
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