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Knights (1993)

In the future, a kickboxer and a robot lead a revolution against ruling cyborgs.

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Albert Pyun

Writer:

Albert Pyun
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathy Long Kathy Long ... Nea
Kris Kristofferson ... Gabriel
Lance Henriksen ... Job
Scott Paulin ... Simon
Gary Daniels ... David
Nicholas Guest ... Farmer
Vincent Klyn Vincent Klyn ... Ty (as Vince Klyn)
Ben McCreary Ben McCreary ... Chance
Bob Brown ... 1st Marauder
Jon H. Epstein ... Matthew
Burton Richardson Burton Richardson ... Marauder guard
Nancy Thurston ... Woman Bandit
Edmund Tyler Wrenn Edmund Tyler Wrenn ... Boy
Brad Langenberg Brad Langenberg ... Master Builder
Clare Hoak Clare Hoak ... Mother
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In the future, a kickboxer and a robot lead a revolution against ruling cyborgs.

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He said it takes a cyborg to kill a cyborg. She's going to prove him dead wrong.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1993 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Exterminadora See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Arizona, USA See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color
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Job (Lance Henriksen) is a cyborg. Lance Henriksen played the android Bishop in "Aliens" and again in "Alien 3" and he played Detective Hal Vukovich in "The Terminator". "The Terminator" and "Aliens" was directed by James Cameron. See more »

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When Gabriel is coming down the hill after Nea to their campsite, you can see shadows of the crew, you can clearly see that it is the camera and its operator. See more »

Quotes

David: It makes sense, doesn't it? To kill us, he must be metal.
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Alternate Versions

When the film aired on premium cable channels, there is an added scene between David and Matthew. After the fight at the river, they make it back to camp and David tells Matthew how lucky he was that Nea missed his kill zone. Then, Matthew rubs the top of his head and says that he needs an aspirin. See more »

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"It makes sense, doesn't it? To kill us, you must be metal."
30 May 2007 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Set in a post-apocalyptic environment, cyborgs led by warlord Job rein over the human population. They basically keep them as livestock, as they need fresh human blood to live off. Nea and her brother managed to survive one of their attacks when she was a kid, and years have past when she came face-to-face with the cyborgs again, but this time she's saved by the cyborg Gabriel, who was created to destroy all cyborgs. Job and his men are on their way to capture a largely populated city, while Nea (with revenge on mind) pleads Gabriel to train her in the way of killing cyborgs and she'll get him to Gabriel.

Cheap low-rent cyborg / post-apocalyptic foray by writer / director Albert Pyun (who made "Cyborg" prior to it and the blistering "Nemsis" the same year) is reasonably a misguided hunk of junk with some interesting novelties. Very little structure makes its way into the threadbare story, as the turgid script is weak, corny and overstated. The leaden banter tries to be witty, but it pretty much stinks and comes across being comical in the unintentional moments. Most of the occurring actions are pretty senseless and routine. The material could've used another polish up, as it was an inspired idea swallowed up by lazy inclusions, lack of a narrative and an almost jokey tone. The open-ended, cliffhanger conclusion is just too abrupt, especially since a sequel has yet to be made. Makes it feel like that that run out of money, and said "Time to pack up. Let's finish it off another day (or maybe in another decade). There's no rush." However it did find it rather diverting, thanks largely to its quick pace, some well-executed combat and George Mooradian's gliding cinematography that beautifully captured the visually arresting backdrop. Performances are fair. Kris Kristofferson's dry and steely persona works perfectly as Gabriel and a self-assured, psychically capable Kathy Long pulls off the stunts expertly and with aggression. However her acting is too wooden. A mugging Lance Henriksen gives a mouth-watering performance of pure ham, as the villainous cyborg leader Job who constantly having a saliva meltdown. Scott Paulin also drums up plenty of gleefulness as one of the cyborgs and Gary Daniels pouts about as one too. Pyun strikes up few exciting martial art set pieces, involving some flashy vigour and gratuitous slow-motion. Seeping into the background is a scorching, but mechanical sounding music score. The special effects and make-up FX stand up fine enough. Watchable, but not quite a success and it's minimal limitations can be a cause of that.


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