Dir: Albert Pyun
Star: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Deborah Richter, Vincent Klyn, Alex Daniels, Dayle Haddon
Cert / Year: 18 - R / 1989
Format: Video

In a post apocalyptic future Gibson is a guide hired by people to protect them and lead them out of the city. In his last job he fell in love with the woman he was helping to escape. His happiness didn't last for long as a vicious pirate called Fender killed his woman and left him for dead. Now Fender has captured a woman who has holds the key to the plague that is killing humanity her only hope may be Gibson who is out for revenge and is hot on his trail.

This is a cheap kick boxing post Mad Max clone, it is also the film that launched Jean-Claude Van Damme's career. This may not seem to give anything to be thankful for on either count, but it would be remiss to pass over such a film with such a superficial viewpoint. This is straight out of the stable that bought us Nemesis, Dollman and Omega Doom and while all of these were undoubtedly B movies they were a better class of B movie. Thatís not to say that they are great films but they are watchable in a cheap and cheerful way.

Where this film comes up triumphs in the sheer quantity of fights that occur. These are interspersed by plot developing flashbacks but apart from that this is a non-stop collection of butt whooping. Ok so the action can't compare the Asian cinemas offerings or those provided by major movies but thanks to some fairly good direction from Albert Pyun they manage to look far more impressive than they actually are. That's not stating that the direction is brilliant but Pyun is a man who at this level is often able to holds a film together when by all rights it should have disintegrated completely.

Of course with a low budget film there are bound to be problems and it would be remiss to say that Cyborg doesn't have more than its fair share. For a start the story is almost incoherently patchy. The narrative bounds between flashbacks and fights with little care or consideration to common sense and massive plot holes are left begging to be filled with a bit of cohesive storytelling. The flashbacks do help explain thing a bit yet these are clumsily inserted then in a glorious cost saving measure repeated in their entirety. The dialogue what tiny amount there is is no help either consisting mainly of people screaming Yaaargh at each other.

Jean-Claude Van Damme delivers a mean and moody action hero performance and despite the frightful ponytail wig worn during the flashbacks comes out of the film with some credit. Of course his latter revealed limitations both in terms of acting and martial arts ability are obvious yet he manages to put onto screen and level of fitness and commitment that comes across well. Vincent Klyn plays his on screen nemesis and while he is strictly of the Yaaargh level of dialogue he manages to be suitably menacing.

Cyborg may have an atrocious script and continuity, terrible dialogue and a fashion sense that can only be described as post apocalyptic eighties disco, but in some ways it manages to rise above it faults. It has a lot of well-shot action scenes and one of Van Damme's best performances (ok so not such a big plus point). If you are in the mood for a piece of low budget post apocalyptic nonsense then this fits the bill fine, any one looking for anything more should steer well clear. By the way the whole cyborg thing is a bit of red herring as although one of the characters is one it affects the story in mo way whatsoever.


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