American Cyborg: Steel Warrior

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Film (1993). Yoram Globus and Christopher Pearce Present a Global Pictures Production. Executive producers Amnon Globus and Marcos Szwarcfiter, produced Marti Raz, directed by Boaz Davidson. Written by Brent Friedman and Bill Crounse and Don Pequignot, based on a story by Davidson and Pearce. Cast includes Nicole Hansen, Joe Lara and John Ryan. 94 minutes. Colour.

The production background is obscure, but this straight-to-video exploitation thriller appears to be, unusually, an Israeli/Canadian coproduction. In a Post-Holocaust stereotype, a depleted world (we only see one City), seventeen years after global nuclear war, has nearly invulnerable Cyborgs ruling the now infertile and dying human race in the service of a malign artificial intelligence (see AI). One woman is able to carry a foetus (which she does in a bottle, rather than her womb). If she (Hansen) can cross the deadly city to the docks (a ship awaits to carry her and the baby to Europe, where things are not so bad), avoiding the killer cyborg (Ryan), aided by enigmatic warrior Austin (Lara), then there will be new hope for the world. Story, script and acting are uniformly sub-standard, but the photography is fine, and the film has a faintly exotic quality, perhaps because of its Israeli background. This is representative of the many low-budget attempts to recapture the human-versus-cyborg thrills of The Terminator, and it has the now-standard plot twist of Blade Runner as well. [PN]

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