Plot: The world has fallen into cataclysmic times, as mankind has been decimated by a viral plague and most of the social construct has collapsed. Most humans have turned to more primal lifestyles, relying on violence to survive and some take a sick pleasure in the lawless new world. Perhaps no one revels in the barbarism that was unleashed more than Fender (Vincent Klyn), who leads one of the more brutal, powerful gangs in the urban wasteland. When he learns a cure for the plague has been found, he isn’t at all pleased and in an effort to keep the world in this decayed state, he hunts down the carrier and manages to kill the guardian assigned to protect her. But Pearl (Dayle Haddon) survives the attack and even finds a new guardian, a reluctant, but skilled slinger named Gibson (Jean-Claude Van Damme). But can the cure be finalized and transported before Fender and his goons are able to take out Pearl, or is the world doomed?
Entertainment Value: This movie has a bittersweet history, as it marked the last theatrical release for the legendary Cannon Films, but also helped launch the career of action movie icon Jean-Claude Van Damme. Cyborg is also well known for a test screening in which out of hundreds of viewers, only one person liked the movie and that led to Van Damme himself reworking the picture. The end result is b movie gold, a wild and nonsensical blend of action and sci/fi that has a low rent, but super fun vision of a post apocalyptic landscape. I love the look and production design elements here, most of which were elements intended for other movies, but put to good use here in crafting a dark, hilarious futuristic wasteland. I especially love Fender’s look, as it is simple, but really effective and gives us an iconic villain to clash with Van Damme, which helps Cyborg a lot. The pace is brisk and the movie keeps the action scenes arriving at a nice clip, so when combined with an under 90 minute run time, the movie feels lean and to the point. Van Damme is overly serious, which makes all of his lines even better than they should be, while Vincent Klyn is an imposing villain that looks intense and delivers when the action heats up. I also think Dayle Haddon is a lot of fun in this one, so overall the cast is colorful and fun to watch. While it is sad that this was Cannon’s last big release, but Cyborg is a proper sendoff for the Golan/Globus syndicate, as it has all the usual Cannon elements in strong doses.
A fun and carefree nude jaunt to a swimming hole unfolds, with bare ass on showcase, while another scenes involves a brief topless shot. Not much sleaze, but the skinny dip sequence is so free spirited, it helps compensate. Although, there is also a corpse on display that has full nudity, complete with bush, so if you have necrophiliac tendencies, feast your eyes on that. This movie has a lot of violence and some bloodshed unfolds, though not a massive dose of the red stuff. People are strung up with barbed wire, an extended crucifixion scene happens, several gushy wounds are seen, and of course, there’s numerous fight scenes involved. There’s also a cool scene where a cyborg opens its skull to reveal all the inner workings, a sequence that looks awesome and still holds up quite well. The dialogue is fun here, with some quirky exchanges and silly lines, as well as some overly dramatic ones that provide solid laughs. But while the movie does have b movie style dialogue, it also has a sincere sense of humor at times and those moments work well. In terms of craziness, the general b movie vibes and low rent, but ambitious approach provide some points, as well as the wacky dialogue and tuned up performances.
Overall Insanity: 4/10