Screenplay, Jon Stevens, from a screen story by Firstenberg. Camera (color) , Yossi (Joseph) Wein; editor, Marcus Manton; music, Bob Mithoff; production design, John Rosewarne; art direction, Ray Wilson; costume design, Diana Cilliers; sound (Ultra-Stereo), Colin McFarlane; special effects coordinator, Rick Cresswell; assistant director, Mark Roper; casting, Jane Warren. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 16, 1994. Running time: 97 MIN.
Jack Ryan … David Bradley
Jesse Starkraven … Morgan Hunter
Liz McDowell … Jill Pierce
Loose sequel to last year’s “Cyborg Cop” reunites lead David Bradley (“American Ninja”) and helmer Sam Firstenberg in a wall-to-wall actioner that’s a step down in quality, but still solid rental fodder.
Like the first, pic opens with a warehouse shootout, with loose-cannon cop Jack Ryan (Bradley) this time up against one Jesse Starkraven (Morgan Hunter), lumbering psycho brother of a man Ryan killed “last year.” Starkraven is captured, but taken away by secret governmental body ATG (Anti-Terrorist Group) and turned into a new-model cyborg.
Rest of the movie is basically Ryan teaming up with the tough ATG head (Jill Pierce), plus plenty of heavy artillery, to battle Starkraven after he’s engineered a cyborg breakout and attempts to wipe out the human race.
Script doesn’t bother with things like character development, and even lacks the romantic sparring that gave a smidgen of depth to Bradley’s character in the original.
Special effects are OK given the limited budget, but editing is considerably slacker than in the first entry.
Part three of Nu Image’s franchise is already in the works, sans Bradley.