Cyborg (1989)

logoDirector: Albert Pyun

Writer: Kitty Chalmers (Screenplay)

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Deborah Richter, Vincent Klyn, Alex Daniels, Dayle Haddon, Blaise Loong, Ralf Moeller, Haley Peterson


Plot: A martial artist hunts a killer in a plague-infested urban dump of the future.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Low Budget 80s Action


Story: Cyborg starts by informing us that civilisation has gone before a plague has taken over the world meaning the dead now walk the surface. We start the action with a man and a woman running from a criminal lord who wants to stop the information about a potential cure being passed over to people who can help. We get to see how ruthless Fender (Klyn) is before Gibson Rickenbacker (Van Damme) saves the girl Pearl Prophet (Haddon) from the bandits after her.

Pearl teams up with Gibson to get to Atlanta but Fender has different ideas taking Pearl a cyborg to Atlanta leaving Gibson for dead. Gibson decides to head to Atlanta too and brings along young woman Nady (Richter) who is also out for revenge on Fender and his gang. What follows is the traditional one man mission against an army of bandits to save the day.

Cyborg will come off slightly confusing from the title as I personally expected to see a sci-fi heavy film but what we got was almost a Mad Max film without the cars, the technology side I was expecting never turned up. I don’t think there was much too the story we get the basic revenge ideas which off course is a tried and test formula that works. This film is easily about the action so don’t look too much into the story. (5/10)


Actor Review


Jean-Claude Van Damme: Gibson Rickenbacker is the lone traveller who has been left for dead in the past by Fender who joins force to finally stop him once and for all. Jean-Claude continues to show why he was making his mark on the acting world here with another hard hitting exhibition of his fighting talents. (6/10)


Deborah Richter: Nady Simmons is a young woman who joins Gibson on a revenge mission against Fender. Considering this is meant to be the sidekick she either gets in the way or comes to the rescue. Deborah gives a simple performance but never really excels. (5/10)


Vincent Klyn: Fender Tremolo is the evil tyrant roaming the wastelands where he wants to stop any chance of a cure by taking the cyborg to Atlanta and destroying everyone once and for all. Vincent does a solid job in the role but again never really makes me scared of him as the big bad villain. (5/10)


Dayle Haddon: Pearl Prophet is the cyborg that has the information that could end the disease all together, she stays with Fender hoping to lead him astray from the answers. Pearl isn’t in the film long enough to effect the story which doesn’t really make sense. (4/10)


Support Cast: Cyborg has a supporting cast that mainly includes people for Jean-Claude Van Damme to kill not really giving anything to the main story.


Director Review: Albert Pyun – Albert does well with the budget but this is a film designed to show off martial arts rather than full blown action. (5/10)


Action: Cyborg is filled with action with fights happening every scene of the movie. (8/10)

Sci-Fi: Cyborg takes us to a bleak looking future that needs to be saved. (8/10)

Thriller: Cyborg doesn’t pull you in enough because the action never really lets up and is always between the same crew. (6/10)

Settings: Cyborg gives us an authentic looking end of the world idea with each setting looking like it has been through a battle. (8/10)

Suggestion: Cyborg is one for action fans to try but it really won’t offer anything too special. (Action Fans Try)


Best Part: Final over the top fight.

Worst Part: Almost has too many fight scenes that are the same.

Action Scene Of The Film: Warehouse sewers chase.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has three sequels

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Mad Max


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $10 Million

Budget: $500,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

Tagline: He’s the First Hero of the 21st Century…And He’s Our Only Hope.

Trivia: Jean-Claude Van Damme accidentally wounded Jackson ‘Rock’ Pinckney’s eye during a scene where they fought with swords, causing him to permanently lose vision out of that eye. He took Van Damme to court, eventually winning a settlement.


Overall: Very simple action that won’t test the audience that could really be enjoyed with alcohol.

Rating 40

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