Scene of the Week: Cyborg Final Fight
How many movies have the lead characters named after guitar companies? Chances are there aren’t many but in 1989 Cyborg entered the real world and filled that void with Gibson Rickenbacker doing battle with Fender Tremolo and his minions in a post-apocalyptic nightmare. This flick was another of Van Damme’s early ones and it, just like Bloodsport, went through a changing of the guard when it came to the editing process before it was released. Director Albert Pyun exited the project due to his difference of vision when it came to the final product and Van Damme had a good deal of say as to how the film’s final cut would look. I, for one, am happy of this because I feel that anytime Jean Claude gets his hands on a movie he just adds more kicks, more screaming, and more splits.
Lovers of all things Van Damme will see a good deal of similarities between this fight and the final showdown in Universal Soldier. If you have seen that fight then you will be pleased as this too is a badass fight scene. Vincent Klyn plays JCVD’s nemesis here and some of you may recognize him as Warchild in the movie Point Break. He screams and yells like a man passing a 12 pound kidney stone as Van Damme defies physics and stretches his leg to an almost comic book length to go through a car window. My fondness for this movie goes way back and there’s even an Albert Pyun Director’s Cut floating around the internet for those willing to search. If you haven’t seen Cyborg and you don’t mind spoilers, then I suggest you sit back and enjoy a taste of future New York City in this week’s Scene of the Week.