Cyborg Cop is a B-movie starring action hero, cult favorite David Bradley. David Bradley did a handful of movies from the 1980s, right up until 1997 when he forced to stop doing films due a heart condition. Some consider Cyborg Cop to be David Bradley's best movie.
The plot involves David Bradley playing a renegade cop Jack Ryan, who has been partners with his brother Philip Ryan for many years. However during a critical mission in the Caribbean Islands, Philip is left for dead after having a fatal run in with a new type of robotic soldier. A rich man named Kessel, played by John-Rhys Davies, is behind all of this, as he attempts to build the perfect human killing machine. Kessel and his scientists eventually transform Philip into a prototype cyborg assassin. Jack learns of his brother's death, and heads down to the island to find out what is going on. While he's there, he meets an attractive reporter Kate, played by Alonna Shaw. She gets under his skin at first, however they develop an attraction for each other and team up to try and stop the madness Kessel is creating.
Overall Cyborg Cop overall isn't a bad film. From the preview you expect a lot of fighting, a lot of action, and a good guy bad guy showdown. What we get however is a lot of set-up in the plot, for a movie that is predictable to start off with. It even says on the trailer, and on the cover of the movie it is a cross between the Terminator, and Robo-Cop. How much more do we need to know? Things in the beginning of the film also make no sense. Why do they need to show a scene with Jack's brother Phillip adopting a son? Perhaps they want to show us that these characters have some depth, but the scene went on far too long. The kid also is incredibly annoying, and takes away time that could be better spent elsewhere. More set-up begins when Jack Ryan meets Kate the reporter. They have some cringe inducing attempts at chemistry, and spend far too much time on that angle. The movie takes about a full hour to set up, and in the last 30 minutes they try to shoehorn in the action and fighting scenes. It just doesn't quite work.
The parts of the movie that do work however, are with Kessel. He is the perfect bad guy for a movie like this, and did a good job at creeping the hell out of everyone. The scenes with the cyborg demonstrations were perfect, perhaps the highlight of the movie. Jack's first encounter with one of the cyborgs is also a reasonably well done scene.
What isn't well done is the first hour of the movie in the set-up as I mentioned. Jack gets in a total of two fights, which really have nothing to do with the central plot. He just beats up a few guys at a bar, and some henchman who try to follow him to a local bar. I was expecting a bit more than that.
The final 30 minutes of the movie are hit and miss at the best, however it all comes to a quick, and rather forced ending which left a bitter taste in my mouth.
Overall Cyborg Cop has spurts of energy. From the previews you expect to get an action-packed movie start-finish with a good showdown at the end. What we get however is bits and pieces of a movie which should have been extended to 2 hours to fit in all the plot set-up. Overall it's decent, but I was looking for a lot more action. The scenes with Kessel really save it though from being a total bore. John-Ryhs Davies also gets some hysterical one-liners in the movie: "It's going to be like taking candy from small children", was the funniest line in the movie. It's little bits like this which make Cyborg Cop fun to watch.
Review by Unknown from the Internet Movie Database.