This movie is so bad on so many different levels. I swear they were running on a $100 budget after JCVD's salary.
The sound was awful, the camera work bad, the background and props looked like a middle school play, the graphics were low standards even for 1989, and the worst was the acting! The bad guy just raised his arms and screamed AAARGH! Wow, that's menacing.
It's nice to watch JCVD round house kick his way through a movie... but it's sad to watch the guy he hits NOT sell the fight and then for the sound to be a half second off.
Geez, kill me now.... I'd rather watch a whole season of crap like Laguna Beach than watch this movie again.
some people will only see failure, where i see potential. sad, really.
While the storyline seems bland in comparison to Sci-Fi's nowadays, you have to look into when this film was made and how Sci-Fi's were presented. For the late-eighties, Cyborg worked and had some interesting and evil-looking characters to boot. The characters of Vincent Klyn and Ralf Moeller were probably the most intimidating that Van Damme had faced in his career in cinema. That icy-cold stare that Tremelo possessed was right on par, while his band of merry ol' pirates seemed like they were hopped up on some sort of meth/steriod based product.
The production was dreary, with a brooding sense of no "fucking" escape; environments were in disarray and afflicted with death. A quick scene involved a nude male and female corpse crucified back-to-back on what looked like a telephone pole amongst a crumbling city at the beginning. Jean-Claude Van Damme doesn't have much dialogue, or anyone for that matter, but he does deal out some punishment to his foes. Maybe not as glamorous as his future works, but he gets the job done with a few kicks here and there. Cyborg is pretty much a straight-forward, unrelenting, claustrophobic sense-of-despair of a film, and if you can get past the dodgy flashbacks that Gibson experiences, you'll find a gem in this.