Future Kick happily rips off Cyborg (1989) with its plot of a woman traversing a futuristic terrain with a mechanical man as companion. The other film of influence particularly in the lame twist ending is the then big hit of Total Recall (1990). Future Kick was one of the first films to employ downbeat Cyberpunk futures as action movie venues. Occasionally the film has an amusingly sardonic background picture of its future. Like the visit to the New Body building where the P.A. system announces, Welcome to New Body ... Weight reduction and physical therapy please go to the second floor. Genital enlargements go to the third floor ... Or the vision of a police station of the future where police are so overworked that someone has to wait for days in order to make a complaint about a murder. Rather amusingly, it appears that in the future people are still using 3.5-inch discs to transfer information (a technology that is completely obsolete ten years after Future Kick was made).
The main complaint about the plot is that Don The Dragon Wilson being an android is of almost no relevance to the film. All that this means is that Wilson has a tracking visor and that is about it. At other times, he does very un-android-like things such as sleeping, drinking alcohol, eating and feeling pain. Its the same thing that happens in the films of Albert Pyun Cyborg, Knights (1993), Nemesis (1993) and sequels, Heatseeker (1995), Omega Doom (1996) where the terms cyborg and android are used interchangeably and amount to no more than actors with a few circuits showing when they are shot. There is no discussion in any of these why machines are operating in such human-like ways. Although the biggest annoyance about Future Kick is surely the twist ending that reveals that everything that has happened is a Virtual Reality illusion, something that became one of the lamest cop-out cliches of 1990s science-fiction.
The sets look cheap as a depiction of the future, it has a cheaply cramped look. The action feels like it needed more room in order to work. Despite being an action film, the action element and fight scenes are dully directed and fail to generate any kind of excitement. Director Damian Klaus seems to have a strange fascination with strippers and finds just about every opportunity to show them strutting their stuff through the background of scenes.
One of the things that you eventually realise is that Future Kick is so cheaply produced that many of the scenes have been pillaged from other Roger Corman films. All of the special effects shots of ships travelling toward Earth have been taken from Cormans Battle Beyond the Stars (1980), while the police car chase sequences have been lifted from Concordes Crime Zone (1989) and many of the stripper scenes from Katt Sheas Stripped to Kill (1987).
(Review copy provided courtesy of Ryan Kenner from Movies in the Attic).