Being made in Texas, the film casts a good-ole-cowboy type as the hero the scenes early in the piece with the hero getting up out of bed, pulling his boots on and roping a tree to the accompaniment of a country-and-western song, while the action elsewhere stands still for the duration, are incredibly funny. In the role, co-producer Gesswein approaches everything with a poker-faced seriousness that, considering the silliness of the exercise, proves rather funny. The sheer awfulness of Richard Gessweins performance is only superseded by that of Jayne Smith. Only about 5 and dressed like a military drill instructor, she powers through with a deadpan determination and a complete lack of anything resembling acting ability to hysterically inappropriate effect.
Both of them, Gesswein in particular, are helped by some spectacularly bad dialogue. The scriptwriters were clearly aiming to provide pithy Schwarzenegger-esque one-liners but fall woefully flat Gesswein gets to grate out lines like: The only difference between heroes and villains is the amount of compensation they claim for their services and Im like a cemetery, I take anybody. At other times, the scriptwriters take to laughing about their source of inspiration. I get the feeling this is how The Terminator got started, a scientist says looking at a laboratory accident. Someone else comments: What do you think this is some sort of low-budget sci-fi flick? What can possibly go wrong? This may be closest that R.O.T.O.R. comes to producing an intentional laugh, however its willingness to so poke fun at what is glaringly obvious to everyone watching shows a film that does not even believe in itself.
Director Cullen Blaine now works as a storyboard artist on various animated tv series including The Simpsons (1989 ) and Hey, Arnold! (1996-2004). His one other directorial outing was the Disney video special Belles Magical World (1998). None of the rest of the people involved have gone on to do anything of distinction since.
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