A Jolie Nice Cyborg

Angelina Jolie and Elias Koteas in Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow (1993)

The year is 2074 and the stakes are high in the world of cyborgs with the PinWheel Corporation willing to play dirty on many levels to achieve domination. As such they have designed one of their 'almost-human' cyborg's called Casella 'Cash' Reese (Angelina Jolie) to seduce her way in to their main competitors headquarters and then blow it up by self destructing. The trouble is that Cash starts to have feelings for her human trainer Colton Ricks (Elias Koteas) who falls for her and together they escape, going on the run from Pinwheel and Danny Bench (Billy Drago) the tracker sent to hunt them down.

As a rule I don't like to watch sequels before seeing the original but everything I read about "Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow" lead me to believe that you don't need to have watched "Cyborg" first. Of course having not seen "Cyborg" I can't say whether it helps or not but "Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow" is derivative enough that it can be watched as a standalone movie which I am sure many who like Angelina Jolie have done as she is one of the movie's main draws, in fact she is the movie's only draw.

Now I am not going to try too hard to sell you on "Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow" because it doesn't warrant it, you either like trashy late night movies or you don't. What I will say is that it is as derivative as they come with a human and a cyborg on the run from authorities and being a man and woman there has to be some sexual chemistry there. Along the way they get chased, they kick some butt oh and of course there is nudity and a sex scene or two. I can think of half a dozen movies which do pretty much the same thing and whilst it is entertaining it certainly doesn't tax you in any way.

The good thing about "Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow" is that it is visually good looking and so we have effective looking sets, not huge or amazing but nicely constructed. We also have effective action, heavily edited but still packing a punch. There is also Elias Koteas who delivers another solid performance all but a forgettable one. But then there is what is frankly the main draw which the movie has and that is Angelina Jolie who is young, hot, sexy and everything else this movie calls for. So it isn't going to be a movie people talk about when it comes to her good movies but it is certainly not her worst movie and it will always be the one remembered for the sex scene.

What this all boils down to is that "Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow" is a forgettable bit of derivative nonsense from the 90s which is only entertaining for those looking for something to watch on TV late at night. That is unless you have the hots for a young Angelina Jolie as whilst not a good movie benefits from her being in it.

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