Cyborg

Year: 1989

Production: Cannon

Director: Albert Pyun

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Deborah Richter, Vincent Klyn, Alex Daniels, Dayle Haddon, Blaise Loong, Rolf Muller

Screenwriter: Kitty Chalmers

86 minutes; Color


"You're just one big walking wound, aren't you?" suggests a post-holocaust bimbette (Richter) to Gibson Rickenbacker (Van Damme), a "slinger" who spends this fairly shoddy Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior) (1981) imitation pursuing a band of "flesh pirates" led by the villain (Klyn) who slaughtered his family and press-ganged his infant daughter. Van Damme's other quest is the rescue of Haddon, the cyborg of the title, who happens to have exclusive information on a cure for the plague that has been wiping out the survivors of a nuclear war. The woman's touch of screenwriter Chalmers seems to account for the frequent attempts to intersperse the muscle-flexing knife fights with sensitivity, as Van Damme flashes back to his trauma, is reunited with his long-lost daughter and, after much debate, decides that saving the world is a good idea after all. With a few plot licks borrowed from Once Upon a Time in the West (1969), this is still a highly predictable action movie, obscuring its Belgian martial artist star's beefy charisma, and making very little even of a protracted sequence in which he is crucified from the mast of a beached sailing ship. For no apparent reason, all the character names are derived from makes and types of guitar.

The sequel is Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow (1993).

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