Cybertracker 2 (1995)

Rating:

USA. 1995.

Crew

Director – Richard Pepin, Screenplay – Richard Preston Jr., Producers – Richard Pepin & Joseph Merhi, Photography – Ken Blakey, Music Supervisor – Paul G. Volk, Original Score – John Gonzalez, Visual Effects – AI Effects (Supervisor – Ken Isaacs), Special Effects Design – Robert Miller, Special Effects Supervisor – Larry Roberts, Prosthetic Effects – Obscure Artifacts (Supervisors – Christopher Bergschneider & Jeffrey S. Farley), Production Design – Gregory Martin. Production Company – PM Entertainment Group

Cast

Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson (Captain Eric Phillips), Stacie Foster (Connie Phillips), Anthony DeLongis (Paris Morgan), Tony Burton (Commander Swain), Stephen Rowe (Governor Damien Rhodes), Steve Burton (Jared O’Brien), Jim Maniaci (Cybertracker), John Kassir (Gareth ‘Tripwire’ Tabbett), Athena Massey (Miss Kessel)


Plot

Police officer Eric Phillips is startled when his wife Connie, a tv news reporter, suddenly shoots the governor during a press conference. He realises that terrorists have abducted and replaced her with a Cybertracker android. Phillips races to save the real Connie as the police despatch another Cybertracker to find and eliminate her. Meanwhile, the mastermind behind the operation, arms dealer Paris Morgan, makes plans to unleash a series of android duplicates to assassinate world leaders.


Cybertracker 2 comes from director Richard Pepin and producer Joseph Mehri. Pepin and Mehri head PM Entertainment, which were prolific at producing B-budgeted action films during the 1990s. Together the two have made a number of sf/action hybrids, which have included Dark Breed (1995), Hologram Man (1995), The Silencers (1996) and The Sender (1997). Cybertracker 2 was a sequel to their earlier Cyber Tracker (1994), which also featured Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson as a secret service agent being hunted by the titular law enforcement cyborgs/androids, as well as Stacie Foster as the heroine and Jim Maniaci as the title cyborg.

Even if the credits did not let you know, it would be easy to identify Cybertracker 2 as a Richard Pepin film from its opening moments. A Pepin film always begins on an all-out action sequence then usually segues to a sex scene before finally settling down to allow some plot to kick in after about ten minutes or so. Cybertracker 2 offers up ten minutes involving a drug bust shootout – a sequence involving martial arts, cars blown up with rocket launchers and a good deal of artillery fire, all of which is unrelated to anything else that happens in the film, before briefly venturing off to a sex scene and then allowing respite for some plot set-up.

In almost all regards, Cybertracker 2 is cheap and unimaginative. Pepin’s gratuitous action sequences are about the only thing it has going for it. There is certainly a jolt when the hero’s wife (Stacie Foster) shoots the governor but this immediately plunges into a gratuitous action sequence with cops conducting a massive shootout outside the building killing people everywhere, a chase through a carpark in a van and then someone on a rooftop using a remote-controlled vehicle to blow up the getaway van. You might think this would at least have something to do with the wife’s getaway but in fact she (or her stand-in) manages to walk through the midst of the chaos unnoticed. There is rarely anything like a plot in between the action to engage one, this is a film construed as no more than a series of action sequences. Pepin certainly wields an impressive amount of artillery fire, although this is ludicrously swayed to one side – the heroes stand out in the open yet manage to avoid being hit, while everybody else, villains and collateral casualties alike, manage to be shot en masse. Former world kickboxing champion Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson is an actor of limited skill and Pepin, in fair recognition of this, gives Wilson minimal lines and constrains him to merely being an action presence.

Richard Pepin’s other films of genre note are:– Cyber Tracker (1994), Firepower (1994), Dark Breed (1995), Hologram Man (1995), T-Force (1995), The Silencers (1996), The Sender (1997), Y2K/Terminal Countdown (1999), Mindstorm (2001) and Caved In (2006). PM Entertainment has produced some 80 plus films, almost all being action films. Their other genre productions include Death By Dialogue (1988), Hollow Gate (1988), The Art of Dying (1991), Alien Intruder (1993), CIA: Code Name Alexa (1993), CIA II: Target Alexa (1994), The Power Within (1995), Steel Frontier (1995), Rage (1996), Sutures (2009), as well as the children’s films Storybook (1995), Two Bits and Pepper (1995) and Little Bigfoot (1997).


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