Cyborg

1989, Movie, R, 86 mins

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In this actioner set in the future, the film begins with the camera panning the smoldering ruins of a bombed-out city; a voice explains that a plague has decimated the population and that anarchy and evil prevail. We learn later that the voice belongs to Fender Tremolo (Vincent Klyn), the brutal leader of The Flesh Pirates, a cannibalistic gang that roams the city. Caught in this madness is Pearl Prophet (Dayle Haddon), a cyborg--part computer, part human being--who is trying to escape to Atlanta with information vital for the development of a serum to combat the plague. When the pirates kill her guard, Pearl is rescued by Gibson Rickenbacker (Jean-Claude Van Damme), only to be kidnaped by Tremolo, who has his own plans for her. Simply put, director Albert Pyun has attempted a melange of the styles of such films as ROAD WARRIOR and BLADE RUNNER and come up short. Martial arts fans will find plenty of action to hold their interest here, but those in search of plot and character are advised to look elsewhere. Should you find yourself looking for something to occupy your mind while watching CYBORG, you might want to try to figure out why the major characters have names that are related to electric guitar equipment and techniques. Then again, you might just want to find something else to do. leave a comment

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