Wednesday, June 30, 2010

EYEBORGS

Starring Adrian Paul (HIGHLANDER: THE SERIES), the science fiction thriller EYEBORGS (2009) posits a near-future reality where privacy is an obsolete concept, as the entire country is under observation by government-controlled surveillance robots.

These "eyeborgs" are intended to help Homeland Security and law enforcement fight criminal activity (such as terrorist plots and... smoking tobacco) and protect the civilian population from harm. But a Homeland Security agent (Paul) becomes suspicious after several incidents where the physical evidence doesn't match up with the video record from the 'bots, and begins to investigate the system. Has the network been compromised by foreign enemies? Or is it an insidious government plot to quell potential insurrection?

Now, this one was a pleasant surprise. Smart, speculative sci-fi with some truly nifty CGI robots, some decent action sequences, a competent cast, and a script that addresses what could happen if the desire for security - and the technology that's supposed to provide it - gets out of hand. Can you protect and preserve freedom by compromising it? And who will control the technology in question?

As directed by Richard Clabaugh (PYTHON), an experienced B-movie cinematographer, EYEBORGS moves at brisk pace, and looks more expensive than it actually is. The effects are, well, effective - the Eyeborgs are nasty little buggers, and quite convincingly rendered. Production values are fairly decent, too. Adrian Paul is perfectly adequate in the role of the Homeland Security agent, and Danny Trejo (MACHETE) is charismatic as usual in a supporting role.

The DVD from Image Entertainment features a sterling 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Supplements include several "Making Of" featurettes, a blooper reel, deleted scenes, and the theatrical trailer.

It's nice to actually come across a low-budget science fiction film that at least tries to address social and political issues in an entertaining way. EYEBORGS is both thoughtful and a fun killer robot flick. Recommended.

EYEBORGS streets on July 6th.

BUY: Eyeborgs