Cyborg (1989)

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

Our Rating: 2/10 - has a cult following, but has aged badly
Watchability: 2/10
Tagline: He's the First Hero of the 21st Century...And He's Our Only Hope.

Release Date: 1989-04-07
IMDb icon 5/10
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 126
  • Budget: $500,000
  • Production: Cannon Entertainment
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jean-Claude V...
Gibson Rickenbacker
Deborah Richter
Deborah Richt...
Nady Simmons
Alex Daniels
Alex Daniels
Marshall Strat
Dayle Haddon
Dayle Haddon
Pearl Prophet
Ralf Moeller
Ralf Moeller
Brick Bardo
Stefanos Miltsakakis
Stefanos Milt...
Xylo / Pirate / Bandit

Gibson (Van Damme) continues to be haunted by his flashbacks, where we learn that he was married with kids - until Fender (the bad dude with the sunglasses) spies on him making love to his wife one day, and decides to kill them in a cruel way. But Van Damme somehow survives a fall into a well without much of a scar on him, while Fender takes his daughter captive and turns her.

Gibson crosses paths with and follows Fender's crew on the way to Atlanta, although not intentionally it seems at first, until he recognises his daughter as one of Fender's followers.

He dispatches a few roving bands of bad guys, while rescuing his partner, Nady, who always seems to get into trouble. Until up against Fender's crew and they finally get the better of him.

He is soon crucified ... but manages to break the cross, and Nady cuts him free.

Meanwhile the Cyborg, who has a cure for the plague, is on her way to Atlanta with Fender, and sees him as her best bet to get around safely.

Even though he was close to death a few minutes ago, Gibson makes a miraculous recovery (with just a tiny stigmata scar visible), and somehow beats Fender's crew to downtown Atlanta where he lays a trap for them ... wasting an arrow to warn them that he is waiting. He then prefers to kick his way through them, suddenly super-strong and prepared.

Nady rescues the Cyborg, but is beat up - again.

Gibson keeps on kicking until he is left to face Fender. Fender is now full of rage, in a weird sequence, as he grunts and screams for the rest of the movie. Fender gets the better of him and throws him through a car, while also delivering a fatal stab to Nady.

Gibson is now empowered again, and fights even better than before, stabbing Fender in the forearm, before driving a blade through his chest.

Like all 'good' bad guys, Fender makes a reappearance, until Gibson roundhouse kicks him onto a conveniently placed fish hook, which seems to kill him off.

To end, the Cyborg is delivered to her handler; while Gibson and his daughter bond before returning to drift the world together.

Random Notes!

So the Urban Legend goes that this was supposed to be a sequel to Masters of the Universe (or just the sets were?). But can't imagine how they could have made this into a He-Man sequel.

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