Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow (1993)

Posted in Reviews by - December 18, 2017
Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow (1993)

Like most films based around dystopian male fantasy futures, this deals with the concept of sex robots. A greedy US robotics corporation in 2074 designs a sex robot full of high explosives as a ploy to infiltrate and blow up the offices of their Japanese rivals, only for the cyborg in question to find out the truth and leg it out the building. She is aided by her martial arts instructor, Colt (Elias Koteas), who falls in love with the merchandise and seems happy to risk “solitary confinement until death” for the opportunity to live happily ever after with the cyborg. The corporation send bounty hunters after them: a kung fu terminator called Chen (Karen Sheperd), and a psychopathic freelancer called Danny Bench (Billy Drago), who is a mad mix of both David Bowie and Dracula. This bears no connection to the 1989 Van Damme vehicle, although it does include a little recap on the events from that film. Koteas is never particularly convincing during the fight scenes, but he does possess a rugged leading man quality, channelling a young Robert De Niro. For all its Blade Runner pretensions, Vangelis-like score and suitably atmospheric cinematography (which is actually quite good given the small budget), this straight-to-video film will only be remembered for being the starring-role debut for Jon Voight’s 18-year-old daughter, the future Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie. Her star quality is evident even at this early stage, but the film couldn’t be further from an Oscar ceremony if it tried.

AKA: Cyborg 2Cyborg 2: The Glass ShadowGlass Shadow.

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