Video release poster
|Directed by||Michael Schroeder|
|Produced by||Raju Patel
|Written by||Michael Schroeder
|Music by||Peter Allen|
|Distributed by||Trimark Pictures|
Cyborg 2, released in some countries as Glass Shadow, is a 1993 science fiction action film directed by Michael Schroeder. It is an unrelated sequel to the 1989 film Cyborg, although footage from the original is used in a dream sequence and is also Angelina Jolie's film debut in a starring role (she had previously made one earlier film as a child actress). It was followed by the 1995 direct-to-video release Cyborg 3: The Recycler.
In the year 2074, the cybernetics market is dominated by two rival companies: USA's Pinwheel Robotics and Japan's Kobayashi Electronics. Cyborgs are commonplace, used for anything from soldiers to prostitutes. Casella "Cash" Reese (Jolie) is a prototype cyborg developed for corporate espionage and assassination. She is filled with a liquid explosive called "Glass Shadow". Pinwheel plans to eliminate the entire Kobayashi board of directors using Casella to precipitate a hostile takeover and obtain a monopoly over the cyborg market. She is programmed to mimic human senses and emotions such as fear, love, pain and hate. Guided by Mercy (Palance), a renegade prototype cyborg who can communicate through any electronic device, she and her combat trainer Colton Ricks (Koteas) escape the Pinwheel facility so she can avoid self-destruction, something that most corporate espionage cyborgs face. They're relentlessly pursued by Pinwheel's hired killer or "wiretapper", Daniel Bench (Drago).
- Elias Koteas as Colton "Colt 45" Ricks
- Angelina Jolie as Casella "Cash" Reese
- Jack Palance as Mercy
- Jean-Claude Van Damme as Gibson Rickenbacker (flashback)
- Billy Drago as Danny Bench
- Karen Sheperd as Chen
- Allen Garfield as Martin Dunn
- Renee Griffin as Dreena
- Vincent Klyn as Fender Tremolo (flashback)
Jolie has said that after she saw the film, she "went home and got sick".
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