Franklin stars as the title character Isaac, or Intuitive Synthetic Autonomous Assault Commando (seriously) and he’s a horrible, horrible actor. Even playing an emotionless logic-based killing machine, he’s so bad it makes early Schwarzenegger look like Olivier. Thankfully his frank delivery of pretty much every line is hilarious. I would say you can’t blame the guy, as he started out as a fighter not an actor, but it is completely his fault. You don’t have to say yes when your agent asks if you want to be a movie star.
The film doesn’t do itself any favors by putting Franklin in a ridiculous plot either. At one point, instead of escaping, the characters—on the run from the law—actually go in to a police station to scan the cyborg’s fingerprints and find out who he really is. And there he finds a Bible. [Cue emotional crescendo] You also get your ridiculous story of the machine gaining feelings and emotions. “Aw look, the cyborg is sharing a touching moment with a little girl.” Eff no. I want my half-robot killer blowing stuff up and racking up a seriously problematic body count. I don’t care if he cries about it later. And sadly, there’s not much action to be found in CYBORG SOLDIER.
I can buy poor Bruce Greenwood as the villainous scientist who talks in monologues. I can even look past Tiffani Amber Thiessen, who you can tell plays a tough cop because she wears aviator sunglasses. What I don’t understand is why the nonstop barrage of poorly trained henchmen feel it’s a good idea to fight a super soldier who is bulletproof and can’t feel pain. At some point, you just gotta be like the French and surrender.
Extra Tidbit: Does being pumped full of nanobots really make you a cyborg? I feel like you need to at least have a metal arm before we start throwing the C word around.