Robot Jox (1990) Stuart Gordon

Robot Jox (1990)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: USA | Director: Stuart Gordon
Language: English | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 84mn
Bdrip H264 Mkv - 1280x720 - 23.976fps - 1.86gb

Audio 2: Commentary with Director Stuart Gordon

Audio 3: Commentary with Associate Effects Director Paul Gentry,
Mechanical Effects Artist Mark Rappaport,
and Stop-Motion Animator Paul Jessel

It is post-World War III. War is outlawed. In its place, are matches between large Robots called Robot Jox. These matches take place between two large superpowers over disputed territories. The main character Achilles is a pilot in one of the large Robots. The plot revolves around him and a match for the state of Alaska.

Professional Wrestling with Giant Robots. That's what this film is. Very much something along the lines of modern professional wrestling, complete with the "behind the scenes" conflicts and romances, the gym/training sequences, and the interviews, trash-talking, and the "sports commentary" that goes along with it, as well as the relatively ineffectual referees.

This is the mindset, and for the story (which isn't supposed to be taken seriously), it actually works. But because they use Giant Robots, there are matters of technological advances and industrial espionage to deal with, along with some nice touches that flesh out this future world where meat is scarce, childbirth encouraged, new jocks are disintered from test-tubes, and pollution is rampant. However, the final scene was both poignant and ironic at the same time, as we see just how little Man has advanced from the time he was fighting with rocks and sticks.

This movie was made before the ready availability of CGI, so remote controlled marionettes, and stop-motion puppets are used for the giant robots with good effect and actually offers up a good look at the old art of SPFX before the advent of the modern CGI-effects factory. The SPFX are adequate for the film albeit you can tell that this was done on a budget; but the script by Joe Haldeman (author of the award winning FOREVER WAR) is very much written tongue-in-cheek and you can tell he is having fun coming up with the world and storyline that would feature the Ron Cobb (CONAN and ALIEN) designed machines. In short, decent effects, good acting, and a fun script makes this an above average B-Movie to watch when you just want some dumb fun.

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