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Robowar - Robot da Guerra

RoboWar
Roboman / Cyber Robo / Robocop 2

Italy 1989
produced by
Franco Gaudenzi for Flora Film
directed by Bruno Mattei (as Vincent Dawn)
starring Reb Brown, Catherine Hickland, Mel Davidson, Romano Puppo, Alex McBride (= Massimo Vanni), Max Laurel, Jim Gaines, John P.Dulaney, Claudio Fragasso (as Clyde Anderson)
story by Claudio Fragasso, Rossella Drudi, screenplay by Rossella Drudi, music by Al Festa, special effects by Francesco Paolocci, Gaetano Paolocci

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Major Black (Reb Brown) and his team of mercenaries are hired to ... well, for some sort of jungle mission anyways. They are accompanied on the mission by Mascher (Mel Davidson), an employee of hte shady corporation that has hired him, and a man who makes no secret about having his own agenda - which is why he is not well-liked. Soon, something starts killing Black's men ...

Along the way, Black and company run across a gang of machete wielding militants who chase a couple of locals to death, and always the heroes, our mercenaries kill the militants and this way save a woman, UN-worker Virginia (Catherine Hickland) from certain death. Taking Virginia with them, our heroes run into more and more problems, and more and more get killed, and they finally find out what they're up against: A robot. An indestructible robot it turns out built by the very corporation that got them there, not to destroy the thing actually, but to see how the robot would fare against them. Mascher even carries a machine that makes him immune to robot attacks. It's only when one of Black's men destrroys the machine that he starts opening up about the robot, and that he actually carries a remote control with him that could destroy the thing - but first he is too far from the robot to use it, then he loses it to the robot and ultimately loses his life ... but now before confessing to Black that the robot was actually built from the human remains of his old army buddy.

After much to and fro, our heroes are down to Black and Virginia (naturally), and after Black has made sure of Virginia's escape, he goes on the offensive - and when the robot recognizes his old army buddy in Black, he hands him over the remote to kill him, which Black does ...

 

Basically, this film is an unofficial remake of Predator, from the premise and story structure as such to whole sequences lifted from the earlier film. Sure, the enemy is no longer an extraterrestrial that can render itself invisible but a robot with shades of RoboCop that looks a bit like a midieval knight, but that's not too much of a stretch now is it?

This all doesn't say too much about the actual quality of RoboWar though, does it?

Perhaps the best way to label this film would be so-so, both within director Bruno Mattei's body of work and within trash cinema history as such. Sure, the whole film is derivative as can be, and the low budget shines through a few times too often, but the jungle locations work in the film's favour, as does Mattei's flat but competent direction. In all, you will probably get a few chuckles out of this one, but there are films (by Mattei and others) of the same ilk that are a whole lot funnier (in an unintentional way of course).

 

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