Cyborg 2087 Film Details
Overview: Earth’s civilization of the future sends a cyborg back to the 1960s to change the future.
Tagline: Half Human… Half Machine! Programmed to Kill!
Review: Michael Rennie of “The Day the Earth Stood Still” fame stars as Garth A7, a cyborg sent by a future civilization back to 1966. His mission is to make sure that the revolutionary “radio-telepathy” technique being engineered by Professor Marx (Eduard Franz, “The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake”) does not come to fruition. The thing is, in the future, this technique will be misused by evil minds and bring out about chaos. Once he is back in the past, Garth gets scientists Carl Zellar (Warren Stevens, “Forbidden Planet”) and Sharon Mason (Karen Steele, “Ride Lonesome”) to help him out, while being hunted by assassins dubbed “Tracers”. If this premise sounds familiar, it should: it was also utilized around this time by Harlan Ellison, as an episode of ‘The Outer Limits’ titled ‘Soldier’. Of course, it would eventually be appropriated again, famously, by James Cameron for “The Terminator”. While this ultimately upbeat diversion is nowhere near as atmospheric or grim as Camerons’ film, it’s certainly a reasonable bit of entertainment. Its obvious low budget and TV movie-like nature will inevitably invite descriptions like “cheesy”. It does get positively goofy when, at one point, Zellars’ daughter (Sherry Alberoni, “Nightmare Circus”) and her friends (including a young John Beck of “Rollerball”) groove to some hip tunes while he’s trying to perform an operation on Garth. Various people get zapped by Garths’ odd weapon, which really does no more than paralyze living things, rather than kill them. The music, while credited to Paul Dunlap, seems to consist of stock cues (such as one memorably used in “Night of the Living Dead”). Franklin Adreon (a TV veteran whose theatrical credits also include stuff like “Panther Girl of the Kongo”) directs capably, if not stylishly. The cast gives a straight faced go at this material. Rennie is good as a character committed to being ruthless in pursuit of his goal, yet who might just find some humanity after all. Wendell Corey (“Rear Window”) is a sheriff, Harry Carey Jr. (“3 Godfathers”) a pesky reporter, Adam Roarke (“Hells Angels on Wheels”) Corey’s deputy, and Jo Ann Pflug (“MASH”) appears fleetingly at the outset as one of the people sending Garth on his way. Lightweight and unmemorable stuff, yet it does show one a decent enough time, and should be interesting to see for fans of cult science-fiction. Six out of 10.
Country: United States
Duration: 86 min
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Also known as: Medio hombre, medio máquina,Cyborg 2087,Man from Tomorrow,Cyborg anno 2087 – Metà uomo, metà macchina… programmato per uccidere,Киборг 2087,L’homme robot: Cyborg 2087