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CYBERTRACKER 2 (1995) ** ½

(Special Note: Yet another shout out goes to my bud Ryan Kenner over at Movies in the Attic http://moviesintheattic.blogspot.com/ for immersing me in the world of Don “The Dragon” Wilson.)

Don “The Dragon” Wilson stars in this not-bad sequel to the hilariously awful CyberTracker. The Dragon plays a Secret Service agent who supplements his income by giving virtual reality karate lessons. His girlfriend gets in a lot of hot water when she assassinates a senator, but Don The Dragon knows it was the work of a robot double. Meanwhile, the bad guys send out a robot double of Don to kill himself (if you take my meaning) and pretty soon, we’ve got Dueling Double Dragons.

CyberTracker 2 is nothing more than a bunch of haphazard action sequences strung together by a plot that rehashes whole scenes from the Terminator franchise. There’s a police station shootout like in Terminator, a chase through the LA reservoir like in Terminator 2, and a robot gets frozen during the climax, just like in Terminator 2. The film is filled to the brim with shootouts and kickboxing; none of which is particularly awesome or anything. I will say this for the flick: It is never boring and something gets blown up and or shot every couple of minutes; so it’s immensely watchable. Whatever the flaws are, it’s a big improvement over CyberTracker 1.

This sequel had me laughing pretty hard in some spots. I’m not exactly sure I was SUPPOSED to be laughing, though. First off, there’s this hilarious looking robot named #9, who is obviously a Robocop rip-off with a bald head and a big gun. You can tell he’s embarrassed by his get-up because later in the flick he changes into a black leather jacket; just like Arnold in The Terminator. (That’s just another example of how the movie gratuitously rips off that series.)

There’s another funny moment when the Robot Don The Dragon’s running down the wrong way of the freeway chasing after the Human Don The Dragon. Predictably, he gets hit by a car. Unfazed, the robot double immediately stands back up and starts running again, only to get ran over by semi-truck! Talk about some Harold Lloyd type shit.

My favorite scene though is when #9 and Robot Don The Dragon stand there and shoot at each other for about five minutes with no effect whatsoever. Then they decide to drop the guns and start beating the shit out of each other. Robo-Don eventually gets the upper hand (LITERALLY) and rips 9’s arm off. But that’s not the best part, folks. Then, he uses it like a Louisville Slugger to knock 9’s head off! I love it.

Another laugh-out-loud moment or two like that could’ve placed Cybertracker 2 in the Three Star stratosphere. As it stands, the flick is a fairly decent Cheese Fest. You’d probably need a case of beer and a couple slices of pizza to properly enjoy it. Still, it’s not bad for a Kickboxing Android Sequel that gratuitously rips off the Terminator franchise.

Comments

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dtvconnoisseur
Aug. 28th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
I'm in agreement with you on this one. Bad action, but not atrocious, 2 and 1/2 stars.
thevideovacuum
Aug. 28th, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
I think my expectations were low to begin with since the first one was so bad, but this one almost worked for me... almost. I think it was a six pack away from Three Stars.
darksteel6
Aug. 29th, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed both films actually, though this one is definitely better thne the first, I don't mind when a film rips off several other films, as long as it's entertaining. Also, you have to admit, both Cybertracker films are better then Robocop 3, now that was a dissapointment.
thevideovacuum
Aug. 29th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
Sigh... Robocop 3 is a guilty pleasure for me. The jet pack, the samurai robots, Rip Torn, it's just a fun flick. I also happen to think Rococop 2 is a grossly underrated film as well.
darksteel6
Aug. 29th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
Don't get me wrong, I don't hate Robocop 3, I think it's an OK film, it just came across as rather dissapointing compared to the first two films. For starters the film is "neutered" a bit too much for my liking, the post-production trimming really hampers the film, and there's the annoying genius-kid side-kick, what were the producers thinking? The last thing I wanted to see in a Robocop film is an annoying kid. Worst of all was Nancy Travis's character getting killed off, I know Travis said she only agreed to return for part 3 if her character was killed off, but I would've rather had her not come back at all, rather then get killed off in a profoundly stupid way.

BTW, what do you think about the upcoming Robocop remake? So far, Keanu Reeves, Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise have all been considered for the role of Alex Murphy, personally I think Reeves would be the best fit, IMO Depp is an immensely overrated actor and Cruise's acting style just dosen't fit in with that type of role.
thevideovacuum
Aug. 29th, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
I agree 3 was watered down but I'm a huge Fred Dekker fan and the flick works as a Fred Dekker movie for me.

As for the remake, I think if you HAD to remake Robocop it would be better to go with a complete unknown or a character actor whose always been on the cusp of stardom. I'd go with somebody like Christopher Meloni or someone along those lines.
darksteel6
Aug. 30th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
Meloni eh? That's an interesting choice, and I do like Dekker, If Looks Could Kill and Ricochet are both highly underrated films.
thevideovacuum
Aug. 31st, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
To me, casting an established big name star as Robocop misses the boat. Robocop is the star; not the guy who's playing him.
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