ROBOT WARS

 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

In the year 2041, the rebel Centros are a plague to the survivors of the great toxic gas scare of 1993. A renegade Megarobot pilot and an archaeologist must team up (despite personal differences, a reluctant romance, and official pressure to cease and desist) to thwart the Centro’s attempts to resurrect a hidden Megarobot, with which they can challenge the prevailing order.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

Los Angeles is in serious jeopardy when a terrorist group hijacks the MRAS-2 robot, a towering defense system used to protect the entire planet, and targets a toxic waste dump — all with an eye on manufacturing chemical weapons. The city’s only hope for salvation now lies with the MRAS-2’s pilot, who just might be the only person in the world who knows how to stop the indestructible robot. Drake fights off the Centro attack, and returns and reports to his money-grubbing superior who insists that the tours continue. Drake finds some evidence that the Eastern Alliance (aka Asia), supposedly an ally to our side, is supplying the Centros.

If you’re looking for a sequel to Robot Jox, try to find Stuart Gordon’s Robo Warriors. While I don’t think it specifically mentions any of the characters or situations in Robot Jox, its characters were created by Stuart Gordon. “Robot Jox” was basically a fun movie to watch because it had a nice premise of giant robots battling each other in the near future. This concept has been abandoned for this movie and instead it features a totally dull story that besides isn’t very original or cleverly written. A shame it tried to be so much different from its predecessor really, for else this perhaps could had been a more fun movie to watch. Just like “Robot Jox” this is a B-movie but with as a big difference that it’s just not a very good one. Perhaps this also has to with the fact that “Robot Jox” got made during the ’80’s, when B-movies still had a certain bit of charm and class over it, even though the movie got released in 1990.

The DVD comes with no special features. Seeing as how the film was a Charles Band production, you can get an idea of how well this film will look on anything above a VHS tape. Colors are washed out and audio mixes are way too muddled to bear the Dolby name. I appreciate that Shout Factory is digging up these relics of late night premium cable programming, but we need some sort of supplemental material. Still, it’ll be a rental for those of you that enjoy junk cinema.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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