CyberTracker (film)

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CyberTracker
Directed by Richard Pepin
Produced by Joseph Merhi
Richard Pepin
Written by Jacobsen Hart
Starring Don 'The Dragon' Wilson
Music by
  • Lisa Popeil
  • Bill Montei
Cinematography Ken Blakey
Edited by
  • Chris Maybach
  • Chris Worland
Distributed by PM Entertainment Group
Release date
  • June 1, 1994 (1994-06-01)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States

CyberTracker is a 1994 science fiction action film written by Jacobsen Hart and directed by Richard Pepin.[1] It stars Don 'The Dragon' Wilson as Eric Phillips. Co-stars include Richard Norton, Stacie Foster, Steve Burton, Abby Dalton, and Jim Maniaci. The film was followed by a 1995 direct-to-video sequel, Cyber-Tracker 2, also starring Wilson, Foster, Burton, and Maniaci.[2]

Plot synopsis[edit]

In the future, Eric Anthony Phillips is the head of the Secret Service detachment assigned to protect Senator Robert "Bob" Dilly (John Aprea). Sen. Dilly is a champion of the recently implemented Computerized Judicial System (Computerized Justice for short), a product of Cybercore Industry, that uses data as evidence to determine the guilt of accused criminals, then carries out the sentence using cyborg executioners called "Trackers" (Maniaci).

However, the more Phillips learns about Dilly and the Cybercore's ruthless plans, the more uncomfortable he becomes and he refuses to go along with the murder of a corporate spy. This leads Dilly and Cybercore to frame Phillips with the murder as they activate a Tracker to execute him. Phillips defeats the Tracker but is taken by a group of underground rebels called the Union for Human Rights (UHR). The group is secretly led by popular news journalist Connie Griffith (Foster).

While being tracked by another Tracker and Dilly's head bodyguard (Norton), Phillips and Connie are able to break into Cybercore and steal secret files revealing that Sen. Dilly is in fact a cyborg. Phillips defeats the bodyguard and yet a third Tracker and then infiltrates a press conference to shoot Dilly, publicly revealing his mechanical nature. This, along with everything else UHR has discovered, causes the Computerized Judicial System to be shut down and Cybercore to collapse.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Production company PM Entertainment said that by the 1990s, action film fans were demanding higher budgets from independent films. To compensate, the company hired less expensive talent to star in them. PM Entertainment budgeted these films at $1.5–5 million.[3]

Reception[edit]

TV Guide rated it 2/4 stars and called it a Terminator knock-off with a better script than the typical low budget action film.[4] In his science fiction film guide Outer Limits, author Howard Hughes wrote that the film has "some impressive explosions and car crashes", but the sets look "suspiciously like 1990s Los Angeles".[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cyber Tracker". TCM database. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ "CyberTracker 2 (1995)". AllMovie. Retrieved 2017-09-01. 
  3. ^ "Sell-through Booming As Video Rentals Linger". Variety. 1995-02-19. Retrieved 2017-09-01. 
  4. ^ "Cyber Tracker". TV Guide. Retrieved 2017-09-01. 
  5. ^ Hughes, Howard (2014). Outer Limits: Filmgoers’ Guide to the Great Science-Fiction Films, The. I.B. Tauris. p. 208. ISBN 9780857734754. 

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