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DEATH MACHINE
1994 / Action, Sci-Fi, Horror
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Directed by Stephen Norrington
Written by Stephen Norrington
Starring Brad Dourif, Ely Pouget, John Sharian and Martin McDougall

A 21st-century genius seeks revenge on the woman who fired him, with a killing machine that senses fear.

The following tags are associated with this movie: robot, cyborg
Death Machine (1994)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

8 / 10
A killer robot on the loose, a psychotic Brad Dourif, cheesy 90's one-liners... there is a plenty to enjoy in this action-packed thrill-ride. In some ways, I found it similar to Hardware, another movie that we had recently watched and reviewed, except it swaps the artistic angle for more and more action though it also has some similar flaws, the main being that this movie does tack on a little longer than it should have. The character Yutani in this movie even has the same awkward personality about him that Shades had in Hardware.

While the cheesy 90's flavour is a nostalgic positive, it's also a little cringey at times like with that stupid looking gear that they use for the Hardman project. It's almost like putting on a more sophisticated Nintendo powerglove as a full body suit. However, Death Machine overall is a good movie with some decent actors in it. Most fans of action, sci-fi, horror movies should have fun with it.
Death Machine (1994)
Review by Michael Mahoney

7 / 10
Generally speaking, Death Machine is both a well-made and moderately fun movie. My main question is, did it really need to be two hours long?

The story was good, the gore, when it popped up, was solid also. However, since the movie goes more an action route than it does horror, there's not as many gory scenes as I would have liked to see, especially considering how dangerous and sharp Dourif's Warbeast looks.

Brad Dourif was, of course, the stand-out here. His character was wacky, yet quite deadly and amoral, and I have to admit, his portrayal here reminds me a lot of Heath Ledger's Joker. Dourif was just fun in every scene he was in, and his voice was always a pleasure to hear. The two others who really stood out to me were the main actress Ely Pouget and William Hootkins. Pouget does a solid job as the lead character, and Hootkins, though he didn't have that much screen-time, had a good presence.

There were aspects of this film that didn't do much for me. The battle suit was a bit too science-fiction for me, and I could have done without all of the fighting sequences. In a related note, this movie runs for just over two hours, and I really think that was ill-conceived. The movie can be fun, but at two hours a pop, who would take the time to rewatch it? I know I probably wouldn't.

Death Machine is a decently solid piece of 90's cinema, despite it being more an action science-fiction flick than a horror (make no mistake, though, there are many horror aspects within). But the length strikes me as rather uncalled for (the movie never feels as epic, for lack of a better word, as the length might lead you to believe), and there were a bit too many fight scenes. As it is, it's a fine movie, just nothing overly special.
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