Cast: Rutger Hauer, Shannon Whirry, Tina Cote
It's an Albert Pyun movie - what do you expect? End of
What?...Oh, I can hear some of you out there saying,
"Who is Albert
Pyun?" *Sigh* It looks like I'll have to write an explanation of who he
is, and review this movie to give those not in the know an idea of the
man. All I ask of you is not to request, or expect, another Albert Pyun
on this web site ever again.
Albert Pyun is an Hawaiian born director who has made a
career and an
infamous reputation of incompetent B-movie filmmaking. His movies
are science-fiction travesties and frequently include cyborgs or
usually involved in his obsession with stories involving battles
humans against cyborgs or robots. Surprisingly, his first movie, the
Sword and the Sorcerer, wasn't bad at all, and this fun movie
his only good movie. (Some people defend his 1993 movie Nemesis,
but I'm not one of them.) Since then, his disasters have included Alien
From L.A., Cyborg, Captain America, Brain Smasher...A Love Story,
Adrenalin: Fear The Rush, and Omega Doom.
Now you are probably thinking, "Okay, if you think he's
such a bad director,
then why did you watch Omega Doom?" Several reasons: (1)
I want people to know about him so they will not make the mistake of
one of his movies, (2) Despite being such a bad director, Pyun has made
a big impression in the B-movie world, so every B-movie site should
with him at least once, (3) The movie was picked up by the major
production firm Largo, and was distributed by a major video label, so
seemed there might be at least a little decent material, and
I didn't have to pay to see Omega Doom - my
provided me with a free screening copy she had at work.
It's the future. Artificial intelligence has been
perfected, and mankind
creates robots to serve and work for them. Eventually, the more
robots declare war on mankind, and war breaks out. Just after nuclear
are detonated, robot Omega Doom (Hauer) is struck in the back of his
by a bullet, which wipes out his directives. Meanwhile, humankind is
wiped out - we get this from the image of a foot smashing down on a
skull, an image plagiarized from Terminator 2. The
humans go into hiding, and the remaining robots get involved in an
civil war. Sometime later, Omega Doom reappears from the wasteland,
in the southwestern United States. He wanders around the ruins, and the
viewer is struck by the fact that the ruined buildings look European
movie was shot in Slovakia.) Oh, the explanation for that is that Omega
Doom has wandered into a ruined theme park and is in the "Old World
part of the park. Boy, that Pyun is sharp, isn't he?
In the middle of the exhibit, Omega Doom finds two robot
the Roms and the Droids - stationed at opposite ends in a cease-fire.
they were fighting so the victor could find a rumored cache of guns
and use them to eliminate the hiding humans. In the middle are two
pacifist robots, one a former teacher, and a female robots which runs
local "bar", serving water to the robots on both sides. Though why
would need water - or smoke cigarettes - is never answered.
If you're thinking to yourself, "Is this shaping up to
be a rip-off
of A Fistful Of Dollars?", you are absolutely right.
in Dollars, the lead character asks one of the innocents
which side is stronger, and then kills to show the other side he's
hiring. And then consequently, he goes from one side to the other to
and weaken. The characters are even dressed in longcoats a la the
Leone westerns. Also they have western-style shoot-outs using some sort
of futuristic weapon in scenes so incompetently filmed, you never
see the weapon or how it destroys the opponent.
Even if you've never seen A Fistful of Dollars
inspiration Yojimbo, viewers will be be very bored by
version of the story. The locations are dreary and shot in very
skies, making the proceedings very depressing. And it was a mistake
all the characters robots; even if these robots have artificial
they are still lacking in emotions and feelings. Why should we feel any
kind of emotion if a good or bad robot gets blown up? I didn't care
was happening to anyone, nor did I care what might happen next. Pyun
come up with a somewhat different ending to this story, which has been
ripped off other times before. Instead of the usual ending where all
opponents are killed, he stops it just before then to make a potential
future with the remaining characters not fighting each other. But since
the characters here are robots, it seemed to make no difference to them
whether they ended one way or the other.
About the best that can be said for Omega Doom
it isn't the worst Albert Pyun movie. But unlike other Pyun
this is pretty slow going. With most of the action taking place in one
small area, it doesn't leave a lot of room for variety. Most of the
is made up of static shots of robots standing stiffly and talking.
is occasionally something to make you smile; a line like "Don't confuse
me with logic" or a crummy special effect. But a lot of this stuff has
a depression undertone to it. Maybe that comes from living behind the
Curtain for so long. Nobody seems to be having any fun here, and
Thanks for the loan of the tape, Marnie. I guess.
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