Cyborg 2

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Cyborg 2
Video release poster
Directed by Michael Schroeder
Produced by Raju Patel
Alain Silver
Written by Michael Schroeder
Mark Geldman
Ron Yanover
Starring Elias Koteas
Angelina Jolie
Jack Palance
Billy Drago
Karen Sheperd
Allen Garfield
Renee Griffin
Music by Peter Allen
Distributed by Trimark Pictures
Release dates
  • November 24, 1993 (1993-11-24)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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).



Alan Jones of the Radio Times rated the film 3 out of 5 stars and called it a "Blade Runner-inspired violent fantasy".[1] Entertainment Weekly selected Cyborg 2 as Jolie's worst film.[2]

Jolie has said that after she saw the film, she "went home and got sick".[3]


  1. ^ Jones, Alan. "Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow". Radio Times. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  2. ^ Nashawaty, Chris (2014-03-26). "24 Stars' Worst Movies". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014-05-18. [dead link]
  3. ^ Rochlin, Margy (2001-06-17). "FILM; For a Fighting Machine, A 'Bad Girl' Image Is Good". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 

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