1 out of 5 – Would Recommend: RoboWar

Main TitlesWelcome back to 1 out of 5 – Would Recommend, where low budget rip-offs have their moment in the sun. Today, we’re watching the beat for beat retake of Predator called RoboWar (1988).

What’s The Plot?

The elite BAM squad mercenaries go down to South America on a secret mission for the U.S. government. Once there, they discover that their CIA contact lied to them and that their target is decidedly more unusual and deadly than the local guerillas.
Yeah, it’s literally Predator, except they’re hunting a U.S. army cyborg that’s gone rogue.

Who Made This Beautiful Garbage?

Italian b-movie superstar Bruno Mattei! Mattei direct 54 movies between the start of his career in 1976 and his death in 2007, most of them ranging from b-action movies to lurid exploitation films to outright pornography. He’s gained a bit of cult following online and it’s actually a wonder that it’s taken him this long to grace these pages.

Reb Brown, seen here borrowing his son's shirt.

Reb Brown, seen here borrowing his son’s shirt.

Five Reasons to See It

  1. We’ve got Reb Brown doing what he does best – screaming a lot, emoting poorly, and being huge.
  2. The elite mercenaries of the BAM squad are about as subtle as a brick in the face – their most common jungle combat strategy is to empty their guns into the bushes while screaming.
  3. “Big-Ass Mother F#%kers” – What BAM stands for, according to this movie.
  4. The device they need to neutralize the rogue murder-cyborg has an effective distance of about six inches, which seems like a fairly serious design flaw in a safety feature.

    Y'know...most low budget movies with a cyborg make them look like a normal person for a reason.

    Y’know…most low budget movies with a cyborg make them look like a normal person for a reason.

  5. “Don’t move.” – Remember when Ahnold threw a knife through a guy and told him to “Stick Around”? This line is RoboWar’s version of that line. It…doesn’t work.

Recommendation

This movie is probably number two after Space Mutiny in terms of “Reb Brown at his best”. It’s a ridiculous mockbuster, albeit one in which the people making it put in an honest effort, and its pretty fun. And it’s available, in full, on YouTube.

To give credit where it’s due: I wouldn’t have heard of this flick if not for the vlogger known as Spoony, though his review doesn’t seem to be online anymore.

Maybe the government should have spent more on the cyborg's targeting computer and less on its motorcycle helmet.

Maybe the government should have spent more on the cyborg’s targeting computer and less on its motorcycle helmet.

 NEXT WEEK: Why not keep the streak alive with the 1987 Reb Brown vehicle Strike Commando?

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