Cyber Tracker is a blatant rehash of the basics of The Terminator (1984) and RoboCop (1987) killer androids designed for the purpose of law enforcement, much pursuit as the protagonists try to stop the near-invincible machine (as well as the common misidentification that frequently occurs in low budget sf/action films of an android being confused for a cyborg). Ultimately, one can only judge a film in terms of its intentions and whether it achieves said goal. In terms of what it sets out to be a cheaply made Terminator/RoboCop copy where the emphasis is on hard and fast action Cyber Tracker achieves its ambitions passably well. The corollary might also be that Cyber Tracker is not something that anybody is ever going to confuse as a work of cinematic genius. Nevertheless, the action sequences move with a sufficiently physical impact and the fight scenes have a toughness the climactic showdown between Don The Dragon Wilson and Michael Norton feels like the blows are actually connecting.
Certainly, Cyber Tracker tends to work more as an action film than it ever does as a science-fiction film. Although, there is one cute scene where Don The Dragon Wilson gets drunk in his apartment and programs his AI home computer to get intoxicated along with him. The script leaves a number of glaring holes it is mentioned after Wilson meets the UHR rebels that they were not the ones that tried to kill the Senator, which leaves the gaping and never answered question as to who it was that tried to assassinate the Senator. It is also never explained at the end what Operation Echo and the Senators sinister plan that the rebels are trying to stop consists of.
Richard Pepins typical way of making a film is to throw a spectacular action sequence in in the first few minutes no matter whether it makes sense or not. True to form, he does so here with a sequence involving an attempted assassination of the Senator at a public meeting and subsequent shootout where Don The Dragon Wilson demonstrates some brutal martial arts moves, a helicopter being shot down with a missile launcher and a high-speed car chase that culminates in a van hitting Wilsons car, rolling over in mid-air and exploding as it hits the ground (with Wilson somehow managing to have sat in the car as it is hit side-on and emerging without a scratch). Pepin appears to love the sight of vehicles hitting into another and then spinning through the air in slow-motion before exploding he throws three such sequences in throughout with the abovementioned and a couple of other sequences involving a police car and a firetruck. Unlike Richard Pepins later films, Cyber Tracker is made on the cheap the protestors and press at the Senators open-air press conference only number about a dozen extras, and there are some very cheap optical effects. There is also a tinny synthesizer score, which pretentiously bursts into operatic aria during the senatorial assassination attempt.
Richard Pepin and Don The Dragon Wilson returned for a sequel Cybertracker 2 (1995), which also featured Stacie Foster and Jim Maniaci reprising their characters.
Richard Pepins other films of genre note are: Firepower (1994), Dark Breed (1995), Hologram Man (1995), T-Force (1995), The Silencers (1996), The Sender (1997), Y2K/Terminal Countdown (1999), Mindstorm (2001) and Caved In (2006). Joseph Mehri has also directed the horror film The Newlydeads (1987) and the sf/action film Rage (1996). PM Entertainment has produced some 80 plus films, almost all being action films. Their other genre productions include Death By Dialogue (1988), Hollow Gate (1988), The Art of Dying (1991), Alien Intruder (1993), CIA: Code Name Alexa (1993), CIA II: Target Alexa (1994), The Power Within (1995), Steel Frontier (1995), Sutures (2009), as well as the childrens films Storybook (1995), Two Bits and Pepper (1995) and Little Bigfoot (1997).
(Review copy provided courtesy of Ryan Kenner from Movies in the Attic).
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