In a bleak future ruled by technology and gigantic corporations, a woman's attempts to solve the puzzling murder of her husband, a prominent engineer who has found out far too much about a company that has been dealing in valuable human body parts. To assist her search, the wife hires kick-boxing "cyberon" (the former android police force that guarded the corporations) bounty hunter Walker to help her.
Directed by: Damian Klaus
. Starring: Don 'The Dragon' Wilson
, Meg Foster
, Chris Penn
, Eb Lottimer
, Al Ruscio
, Jeff Pomerantz
, Linda Dona
, Shawn Phillips
, Ryan MacDonald
, Hayden Conner
, Dana Lee
, Joe Mays
, William Utay
. Music by: Stan Ridgway
, Scott Singer
In the mid-21st Century, Earth has become a hell-hole teeming with poverty & crime. The rich have fled to the Moon where they established a safe haven. Howard Morgan, a virtual reality game designer, returns to Earth to sell his latest creation. But while enjoying a night out on the town he is brutally murdered. His widow Nancy decides to follow his trail. With the help of Walker, the last of the Cyberons, a race of law enforcement androids built by a corrupt corporation to enforce their laws only to turn on them, now working as a bounty hunter, Nancy discovers that her husband was killed because he had obtained information implicating his employer in an illegal organ theft ring that steals organs from murder victims. As the pair attempt to unravel the conspiracy, the organ theft ring's psychotic assassin & his android sidekick attempt to silence them.
Ever since he came to fame in the Bloodfist films, champion kickboxer turned actor Don "The Dragon" Wilson has become a cult star on the B-film action circuit. His quick fists & brutal fighting style has won him a number of fans. Roger Corman, who produced the Bloodfist films, decided to give him a chance to join the sci-fi genre with Future Kick, which was to be Wilson's third film overall & his first genre picture.
Future Kick is, when you come down to it, a cheap copy of the Van Damme cult flick CYBORG. Both films have similar plots – a martial arts warrior must protect a woman from maniacal killers. But where Cyborg had Van Damme playing a human warrior fighting to save a cyborg woman from a gang of pirates, Future Kick has Wilson playing an android bounty hunter protecting a human woman from her husband's killer. The milieu employed in each film is different – Cyborg had a post-apocalyptic world teeming with death & destruction, while Future Kick had a slightly more stable world filled with crime & overworked police. Also of note is the fact that the action scenes in Cyborg were legendary amongst martial arts fans for their relentlessness but the ones in Future Kick are cramped by the film's low budget & needed a lot more room to work in (despite this Wilson manages to show off some of his impressive fighting skills).
If the action doesn't get you on, then the film's dark humour will. Director Damian Klaus inserts a sardonic sense of humour in the film – Eb Lottimer kills his victims by cutting their hearts out with an implement that looks like a sinister version of those plastic tripods that pizza shops put in their pizza boxes to stop the box from sagging during transportation. Or the medical corporation that advertises everything from organ transplants to genital enhancements. Or the high-tech blood sport called "Laser Blade" where two fighters must control an energy ball that can destroy the opponent's head on contact. Or the police station, which is so overworked that it takes victims of crime a multiple-day wait to report a murder. The film is quite gory but the gore is handled in a decidedly daft manner that makes it funny.
Despite the cheap thrills, Future Kick is mostly a disappointment. Wilson's character is supposed to be an android but sleeps, eats & feels pain despite being a robot bounty hunter. Meg Foster tries to play the widow with sincerity, but her inherently creepy demeanor undoes her performance. Eb Lottimer & Christopher Penn have fun in their roles at the show's villains while Wilson himself – still a mediocre actor by this stage – has to contend with a poorly written script & his own pitbull-like personality. The film has plenty of stock footage from other films in order to disguise its cheapness. But the worst part is the ending, which reveals everything to be a virtual reality manifestation that really sinks the film.
Review by DigitalRevenantX7 from the Internet Movie Database.