CYBORG3: THE RECYCLER
Cyborg3 has a central idea that of a pregnant android that sits exactly halfway between absurdity and being interesting. It is an idea that Michael Schroeder treats surprisingly seriously and deals with in a credible manner. The film is packed with an interesting play of ideas little throwaway touches like the cyborg hooker (Rebecca Ferratti) who reads a credit card by slipping it between her fingers and tells the customer: Ive been with 51,227 men but I noticed you the moment you walked in. Later Ferratti joins the army of the mechanically oppressed and stands up to assert I used to be a pleasure unit. Im not anymore. Cytown is filled with a fascinating collection of characters, including malfunctioning androids with no legs and another with no hands that plays a piano. Theres a lovely written scene where Khrystyne Haje encourages the ruthless android sidekick Andrew Bryniarski to remember his past as a medic. Less interesting is the standard B-budget action climax that travels back into standard Pyun territory and the cliche happy ending on a banal: A new golden era was about to begin.
The film features B-movie regulars Richard Lynch, who seems to be having a good deal of fun, and Malcolm McDowell who appears in all of one scene yet receives video cover credit-billing. The film stars Zach Galligan, who was a one-hit wonder with Gremlins (1984) a decade earlier and has vanished since. Khrystyne Haje inherits the role of the female android Cash from Angela Jolie the only point of connection with the previous sequel. Jolie was bland in the part but Haje is whiny and lacks a convincing toughness. She is the one area that the film falls down in. An unrecognisable William Katt proves a scene-stealer as the malfunctioning cyborg Decaf.
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