.Albert Pyun's sci-fi/fantasy/action mash-ups are strangely enthralling. It's like the director has a tremendously epic vision in his head, but when realized on film, something simply doesn't connect. Cannon's final bomb Cyborg is no different. According to Wikipedia, the original plan was a Pyun-powered Masters of the Universe sequel and live-action Spider-Man feature, but those plans were ditched when the nearly bankrupt Cannon had to cancel licensing deals with Mattel and Marvel. Pyun then wrote the screenplay for Cyborg over one weekend, had nearly no cash to work with, tight scheduling, and re-purposed sets...and it shows.
It's basically Mad Max's plot set in a more Road Warrior-like setting where a plague has destroyed North America. The ever-scowling, baritone Vincent Klyn upstages Van Damme with his Shogun of Harle...Hoboken villain. Crap, yes, but still lots of unintentional laughs and amazingly horrible fight editing. Watch for Ralf Moeller, the big guy in Gladiator, as one of Klyn's warriors. One of the hollowed-out building locations can also be seen in Pierluigi Ciriaci's Italian war actioner Delta Force Commando (1988) starring Fred Williamson, Brett Clark, and Bo Svenson. Love the cover art for this tape; it has that hard-to-explain element that makes you really want to watch the film by merely looking at the box.