Above average cyberpunk film
James Fessenden | Dover, NH USA | 06/19/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this film.
True, it isn't the most original thing around, but then, few cyberpunk films are. What I generally look for in a cyberpunk film is interesting characters and computer graphics, rather than an original plot. I already KNOW it's going to be about an evil mega-corporation or AI trying to take over the world, and a lone hacker or group of rebels trying to stop it. I already KNOW that the world I'm going to see onscreen will be over-crowded and dreary. It's not originality of plot I'm looking for, but interesting execution.
"Cyber Wars" delivers on that. Genevieve O'Reilly is likeable and interesting in the lead part, and of course David Warner is always great. Some of the other actors are mediocre, at best, but I didn't mind. I thoroughly enjoyed the world the filmmaker created. The computer effects were above average, and at times very beautiful.
My biggest complaint about the film was that the "evil plot" was a bit vague, and frankly didn't frighten me much. I had a hard time distinguishing between "The Game" and the manipulation of politics and markets that giant corporations already do every day (or so I suspect).
But after having recently watched a number of appalling "cyber" films recently, I have to say this one is very high up in the genre."
Cyber World in Futuristic Asian City (Actually Singapore): F
Tsuyoshi | Kyoto, Japan | 04/30/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know much about this country, but probably Singapore is not the most likely place for anyone to produce a sci-fi film with `Matrix'-like cyber space concept. In fact, `Cyber War' (aka `Avatar' in some countries) comes from Singapore, but slight curiosity generated from the locations aside, there is nothing I can recommend about this awfully boring version of cyber world.
Genevieve O'Reilly (who had been in two sequels of Joel Silver's mega-hit `Matrix', according to IMDb, but sorry, I cannot remember) plays Dash MacKenzie, licensed bounty hunter in the near-future world of Sintawan, Asian city where the IDs of the citizens are registered in the city's Cyber Link. Dash gets money from her clients, hunting down those who have got fake IDs (called SIM), assisted through cyber space by her friend Julius (Kay Siu Lim).
One day Dash is asked to find out the hiding place of a CEO who knows the top secrets about the SIM. She succeeds, but things get complicated because a dedicated police detective Victor (Luoyong Wang) suspects that some insidious schemes are going on among the `game players' of the city including David Warner and Joan Chen.
The `futuristic' world is represented by the existing buildings and landscapes of Singapore. Occasionally the images created by special effects are added to them, but the effects are at best OK. The quality of each CGI is acceptable if not perfect, but the sheer lack of originality in the story and the concept of cyber (or alternative) world damages the film fatally. Everything you see here can be seen in the recent sci-fi films using cyber world theme such as `Dark City,'`The Thirteenth Floor,' or 'Matrix' all of which used it much more effectively.
But it is awfully flat storytelling of the director that really killed the film. Despite its title, `Cyber War' can create no sense of impending danger. Things are told in by-the-number way, sometimes paying almost no attention to the continuity of the story, and the end results are the so-so images showing no emotional or intellectual power. To make matters worse, the heroine has no charisma of Carrie-Anne, and the actions (not many) are often poorly executed.
`Cyber War' has a pretty cool DVD cover, and that's exactly the best thing you can find in the film. Except for that (and the unique locations) the film is only a poorly-done version of borrowed ideas from any cyber world films you have seen in the last decade."
Annalee Blysse | USA | 10/29/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"My favorite part about this film were the futuristic ideas. The way Dash visually surfed through computer files. The interesting cybernetic adaptions. The idea of being able to tell your phone to turn off, and not allow incoming calls. That would be handy. I was amazed to see the entire budget was about $4 million. The effects in this movie are more than adequate if compared to some bigger-budget movies."
Cyber Wars appreciation
David M. Yarbrough | Houston,Tx | 08/25/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I saw a preview of Cyber Wars while viewing another DVD. The visuals looked good so I ordered it. I was not disappointed."