After earth is taken over by an army of robots, the small number of humans left are forced into hiding. In the nuclear winter, only droids walk the face of the earth, in fear of the rumored human resurgence, and in search of a hidden cache of weapons. One robot, his evil circuits destroyed, enters a small town where a robot civil war is taking place. He tries to convince both sides to join forces in search of the weapons, all the while having a hidden agenda, and an affinity for one of the local droids.
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Take elements of "Fistful of Dollars" (or Yojimbo)Sprinkle in "The Terminator" and you get this movie. Oh and it is a badmovie, no doubt. I enjoyed it thoroughly. There aren't that many westernsleft these days and this movie doesn't hide its roots. There are no lessthan 4 showdowns! Like I said however, it's crap. But crap can befun.
No robot binge would be complete without at least one review for anAlbert Pyun cyborg movie. Problem was that I had reviewed Cyborg,Nemesis, Nemesis 2, Heatseeker and Knights so I looked at what I hadmissed and here it was. The sad thing is that Omega Doom is actuallyprobably Pyun's worst robot movie. I haven't seen Nemesis 4 but at 65minutes, it's doubtful that Nemesis 4 would be as boring as this. Thismovie really bored me to tears. The plot is a rip off of Yojimbo withRutger Hauer setting up two cyborg armies against each other and that'sall there is to the plot. Literally the movie just has no othermovement beyond that. Now i've seen Yojimbo, Fistful Of Dollars, TheWarrior and The Sorceress and Death Wish 4:The Crackdown which use thesame premise and yet somehow this one remains only marginally betterthan Warrior and The Sorceress and of course pales in comparison toeven Death Wish 4. I would like to describe the movie but aside fromthe Yojimbo storyline the movie just doesn't have anything thatinterested me. Rutger Hauer is clearly at a career low, Shannon Whirrydoesn't get naked from what I remember and the movie is just superduper dull. What the movie needed was some dumb action like in Cyborgand Nemesis, however this movie is just endless jibba jabba and that isthe film's shortcoming. So, while this isn't the worst movie of mybinge, this film is certainly well worth avoiding.* out of 4-(Bad)
The setting of this movie is unnerving but powerful. Also, it takes its time revealing characters and motivation, which would help get past the violence, but I came away very happy with both the touches of humor and the overall idea of a cybernetic Don Quixote
Now where have we seen this before?Loner shows up in a ruined village with two rival gangs and plays them offagainst one another, helped by a sympathetic tavern keeper and a slightly"off" geezer and his own not inconsiderable talent formayhem.Uh, yeah, it seems to ring a bell somewhere...It was actually kind of an interesting twist, but I felt like there wasabout an hour and 10 minutes of story trying to fill an hour and 40minutesof movie.Both Clint's and Bruce's versions were MUCH better. And Kurasawa's wasstill the best of all.
Man-o-man does this movie suck a whole lot. It is so bad that its worthwatching to laugh at it and pull an MST3K with friends. I don't know ifitsimportant or not, but the plot was lifted from Yojimbo and crunched intooneday's time.
For a fan of Rutger, this might be worth a watch. It must be said, though, that the parallels with Eastwood's "Fistful of Dollars" (i.e. stranger enters a town and plays 2 gangs against one another) are really in your face. Kind of a no-brainer, like something you might happen upon while surfing channles at 4 in the morning after a night of drinking. At least then you might find it somewhat interesting. Rutger turns in a decent enough performance, though it's not really venturing too far to say maybe he could have lost some pounds before playing the role of a deadly cyborg. Perhaps portly beerguts will be standard features on the best of the best cyborgs in the future? Hehe.... anyway, this plays as more of a low-budget theater production than anything else (might have something to do with the lack of more than 4 sets). Definitely not trash, Hauer can't be associated with that (opinion, I know), but certainly not to considered a major part of this man's "canon" of finer works. Cheers.... TW
This's a good example of a love it or hate it type of movie. My friends and I love it. It's a good example of how a low-budget sci-fi movie can gather a cult following.
As a sci-fi fan, I liked this movie.It starts in a distrubing way, in totally demolished, post-war buildings.Dead bodies lying everywhere... There has been a nuclear war and the humans are dead, only cyborgs remained. The groups of cyborgsfight each other. But then Omega Doom (the good cyborg) comes,destroys the bad cyborgs, leaves the good cyborgs alive, and departs.The end is definitely optimistic, it's a happy end. So, the movie gave mea moral satisfaction that the good prevails over evil after all.This movie really has extremes in it: extremely beautiful women (a blond and 3 brunettes)and an extremely ugly one (with a black mask). It has amazing special effects, such asthe talking head, detached from its body.Overall, once you get into the spirit of the movie, you can enjoy it.Inside, the demolished building looks like a medieval tavern, so it's not too bad.It's a simple, unpretentious movie - more like a theatrical play than like a film. But it has it's merits. I remove one star from the rating, because I think that the movie could have beenmuch better if the surrounding buildings were more futuristic, rather thanlooking so destroyed.
I have made much note of the fact that Albert Pyun is my least-favorite of all the directors out there. This is one of the reasons. "Omega Doom" is so incredibly confusing, so amazingly bland, and so annoyingly bad that I was suffering through what seemed like decades of runtime but only turned out to be 90 minutes. How did such a movie slip past the executives at Columbia-TriStar? Did they not see the immensely terrible filmmaking at work, or the money they were wasting? A big question I had after this film was: what in Bob's name was this movie about? It looked like "Blade Runner" only with more straight-faced, boring dialogue than a one-man version of King Lear performed by Steven Seagal! And Rutger Haur was awful in this! The poor guy's a good actor, but he hasn't made a decent film since "Blade Runner!" Why do I keep mentioning that movie? Because it was the polar opposite of "Omega Doom." Albert Pyun, also known as Mr. Damn-the-audience, messes up this film and turns what could have been a terrible movie into a film that is better ...In short, don't buy it. In fact, people should pay you to not even consider it.
This looks like its going to be an exceptionally dull sci-fi, withRutger Hauer, looking like some kind of Russian WW2 soldier, playing arenegade android in a post-apocalyptic landscape - a setting whichallows for no expensive effects, just a derelict, rubble-strewnbuilding site.'Omega Doom' is still dull, but when after 20 minutes or so, yourealise that the story is a Yojimbo/Fistful of Dollars remake, the filmstarts to have some minor points of interest.With no real sci-fi elements - a bloke with shaven bits in his hair,metal gloves and blue contact lenses doesn't totally convince as afully-fledged android - the film leans towards its Western roots, withtwo rival gangs holed up on either side of the street and a saloonwhere Rutger Hauer muses with the friendly female bartender, beforeplaying off the opposing gangs. Hauer fits into the role as theimpassive stranger well, accompanied by a spaghetti western guitartheme building up the tension to the inevitable showdowns, which aresettled in the classic Western tradition - Omega Doom has a quick drawShane would be proud of.Although I quite enjoyed these areas, they couldn't cloud the fact that'Omega Doom' is boring and derivative, not demonstrating any particularareas of ability on the part of its cast or crew, apart from Hauer whois OK despite being on auto-pilot - but then he is a class actor who,for some reason, prefers to ply his trade in these bargain-basementefforts.With an annoying whirring noise which accompanies each androids move,and a tiresome 'head' character providing Hauer with his sidekick,there is nothing here for even the most easily satisfied sci-fi viewer.Kurosawa and Leone fans will find enough points of reference to makethis interesting, but only in the same way that 'Jaws' fans enjoy'Orca' or 'Grizzly.
Omega Doom starts at some point in the near future as a war betweenhumans & robots draws to a close, on the last day of the war a militaryrobot named Omega Doom (Rutger Hauer) is hit by a stray bullet whichwipes his directives & programming out & he suddenly develops a mind ofhis own... Planet earth is a worn torn wasteland ruled by gangs ofrobots who now fight amongst themselves for total control of certainareas since there are no more humans to fight, although rumour has itthat a group of humans survive & will one day rise from their hidingplace & reclaim Earth using a vast stockpile of hidden weaponry (yeah,this really is as bad as it sounds). These days Omega Doom roams theEarth as a loner, he stumbles upon a rundown town where two sets ofrival robots, the Droids & the Roms, are both searching for thesupposedly hidden weapons but each side has limited knowledge wherethey are. Omega Doom decides to play them off each other in an attemptto discover the location of the weapons...Co-written & directed by Albert Pyun Omega Doom is one really bad film.The script by Pyun & Ed Naha steals it's main ideas & themes from othermuch better films such as the fight between man & machine taken fromThe Terminator (1984), the spaghetti western style loner drifting intotown & playing two gangs off each other stolen directly from Yojimbo(1961) & countless other westerns, the soulless robot who suddenlygains human emotion that has been done countless times including ShortCircuit (1986) which probably isn't the best example but you understandwhat I'm trying to say. So besides not having an original bone in it'sbody Omega Doom is also really slow, tedious & boring & I almost fellasleep watching the thing. There are big problems with the story too,nothing is really explained that well & Rutger Hauer's character isjust puzzling as he isn't given any sort of motivation or purpose otherthan the vague fact he wants to create a peaceful Earth by makingeveryone kill each other! Sure, I can see the logic in that! It takesitself far too seriously & the whole sorry film is a bore frombeginning to end, I'm sorry but as far as I'm concerned it's as simple& straight forward as that.Director Pyun was obviously working with a low budget which is noexcuse, the entire film is set in one city block, neither 'gang' seemto have more than three members, the fight & action scenes arepathetic, there's no excitement, atmosphere, violence, gore & a warthat has virtually destroyed the entire planet is depicted by havingRutger Hauer kill one person in front of an explosion! There is oneother highly annoying aspect to Omega Doom, that is every robot makesstupid & irritating whirring & pneumatic noises when they walk or moveexcept Rutger Hauer's character who doesn't for some reason. Rememberwhen I said there was one more highly annoying aspect of Omega Doom?Well I lied because there were two & the second one being the cringeworthy comic relief robot who keeps getting decapitated.Technically the film is average, director Pyun films in the usual darkblue tones & bright orange candle light ones that are so popular inthis type of film (Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) anyone?). It wasshot in Slovakia apparently, not that you would have known. The setsare just run down houses & basements, the production design is bland &dull with a standard low budget post apocalyptic look about it. Thespecial effects are poor as well. The acting was brilliant consideringthe cast were supposed to be stiff & emotionless robots, damn they dida good job!Omega Doom has to be one of the worst sci-fi films I've seen, I hatedit. It bored me to tears, it was a complete rip-off of various othermuch better films & I'm just glad I didn't waste any of my hard earnedmoney on it. This is definitely one to avoid unless you're an insomniacas Omega Doom will get you to sleep in double quick time!
Albert Pyun is really underrated. This guy deserves more attention onhow bad he is. Bad as a director and writer, a couple of years ago Ialready declared him the Ed Wood of modern movie making. Sad thingabout directors like Pyun is that they have no talent for movie-makingbut keep on making movies nevertheless.Reason why I watched this movie in the first place is because RutgerHauer is in it. It's too bad that he is given awful material to workwith, the script has some terrible dialogs.Still I can appreciate a big fat B-movie every now and then. B-movie'sare always ridicules and awfully looking with terrible acting. In a wayits always very relaxing to watch after a hard week of work. This movieis no exception. Fans of the genre and I know that there are a lot ofthose, will enjoy this movie big time. It has all the typical modernscience-fiction B-movie elements in it.The special effects are laughable bad at times, especially for thecharacter Head. The sound effects also made me laugh. Remember thatCain droid from "Robocop 2"? Remember that sound that he made when hewalked? It's a kind of scary sound for Cain but a laughable sound whenit is used for just normal human looking droid characters in thismovie. It's really not fitting.Don't stop making crap Pyun! In a way I always enjoy it....I kind of like the cover though.4/10
Nah, I don't think it's a horrible movie. Sure it lacks a lot of actionthat movies of the period had, but I never thought of this as an actionmovie anyway. It seemed to me to be more like a comic book/graphicnovel meets 70's samurai movie meets spaghetti western. Despite theobvious overarching situation (apocalypse, possibility of humansreturning, obvious society gone to hell), it pretty much all butignores that and focuses on the problem at hand: ridding the robot townof the "bad guys." It ends with a sense that Omega Doom has really donenothing more than put a band-aid on the whole situation, but hisactions are more along the lines of self-preservation than anythingelse. He just showed up for a drink and gets sucked into a fight.That's how pretty much any of the same genre starts. Someone comesalong, wanting to be left alone, but some dumb schmuck picks a fightand then our hero has to teach them a lesson. Nothing is resolved, theworld is still as crummy as it ever was, but the hero gets to get backon the road in one piece. Lather, rinse, repeat.That's why this kind of movie appeals to me. I don't think it's boringor a waste of time. It's interesting enough in it's hopelessnothingness. I don't always want to see a happily ever after ending orsome Matrix-y, save-the-human-race type of fight. Those are a dime adozen. That's what has always appealed to me in old samurai movies,though those tend to focus more on making things better. This movie wasvery reminiscent of Philip K. Dick stories: bleak futures with smallstories that just are what they are.Of course this kind of movie doesn't appeal to everyone, not by a longshot. I think my little brother fell asleep. Van Damme movies were morehis thing. Lots of fight scenes and the bad guys get their due. Notthat I don't like those movies, I do. It's just that something of thetype of movie that Omega Doom is, is a breath of fresh air. There's apointless despair to it that I enjoy. Something is done, and yet itisn't.Also, I know the special effects are bad, but I honestly thought it wasan 80's movie. I was surprised to see 1995-1997 as a release date. Ithink it's much better thinking of it as an 80's movie if you're thetype of person who just can't get past special effects not being asgood as LotR or Star Wars.So this gets 6 stars from me. Not the greatest, but not the worst.Despite IMDb's plot description, it doesn't try to be anything otherthan it is, it fulfills my comic book/graphic novel pleasures, and Imuch enjoyed some of the talent in it compared to, say Van Damme.
There is a place where two rival gangs fight for dominion; suddenly, amysterious and shrewd stranger arrives, he turns the ones against theothers, allies with everybody, undermines all plansÂnow this is asubjects worthy of a Kurosawa, Leone and Pyun.In this post-apocalyptic western, the rival bands are the Droids andthe Roms; they fight over some yet unfounded guns hidden somewhere in adeserted town. In the apocalyptic winter, it looks like all humans haveperished. The fight of the machines is deemed to be frightful; it isnot reallyÂbut so it's deemed.The mysterious, charismatic stranger is a HybridÂanother machineÂanupgraded Hybrid, played by Hauer; the friendly local is the bartender,a Drone.When Hauer sets foot in town, there are three RomsÂplayed by Cote,Pierce, Ireland; and four DroidsÂplayed by Whirry, Poland, Zuri andWhite. OMEGA DOOM is lowÂbudget SciÂFi western. It's true that someless inspired lines and even the plot's idea will look perhaps a littleridiculous to some fansÂbut hey, let's not let them make a majority!Most SciÂFi fans will find very touching Zed's final.Hauer even uses an Eastwood cigar, to make things as clear as possible,for the most slowÂminded of fans.Anna Katarina plays the Drone bartender, a mild and serving creature;Weisser is Hauer's funny buddy. Shannon Whirry is the sexpot of themovieÂas ZED, the Droid princess.We are also treated twice with the prophetic poem of D Thomas about thevictory over death. In the desolated cityscape of the apocalypticwinter, that ought to be an encouragement.
This is just a very dragged-out movie. Something you'd expect to be played by the sci-fi channel in an infomercial slot that they couldn't manage to fill.The story focuses on the aftermath of a war against humans and machines. Now rather than banding together and eliminating the rest of the humans, the machines have decided to spread into two sides and duke it out first. Apparently the new models don't like working with the old models and vice versa. The machines believed that if they could locate an abandoned cache of gunpowder propelled weaponry, they could get the edge, off the other machines, then off the humans. Nevermind the fact that they already have lazer weapons. The story is a real onion. It Stinks.The acting was decent, when have you ever seen rutger hauer mess anything up? It's just in the films editing and direction that you can tell that it was really slopped up. The direction of this piece was terrible, you could tell that everything in this picture was rushed to get it out as quickly as possible. Although there were a lot of robots and cool things to look at, the special effects just plain sucked. The lazer beams looked so gaudy that it was almost comical. It was like watching a b-movie from 1957, not 1997. Mistery Science Theater 3000's intermission scenes had better special effects than this full-feature piece of crap.If you want a real cyborg movie, go see any of the three terminators.
From the imagination of Hawaii-born filmmaker Albert Pyun, director ofsuch classics as Nemesis, Cyborg, and Captain America, comes this gemof a film. Omega Doom is without a doubt Pyun's magnum opus. Itcombines elements from American westerns and science fiction.The basic plot is a loving homage to Kurosawa's Yojimbo. A lone figurecomes into town and works the two warring factions against one another.By setting this timeless story in the future and making the charactersandroids, Pyun is making an ironic observation about human nature. I will not reveal details of the plot. Having the twists and turnsrevealed is part of the joy of watching this movie. But I will talkabout Rutger Hauer's performance. This is his second time playing arobot (the first being Ridley Scott's Bladerunner) and he was born forthis role. His engaging, nuanced performance takes Pyun's writing to awhole new level. The character of Omega Doom is so subtle andmultifaceted that one almost doesn't notice Hauer's brilliant acting.As with all his work, Pyun's writing and directing are top notch. He isa master of pacing. His films never drag and the action is alwaysengaging. He is also one of the best writers of dialogue in motionpicture history. He truly is the Elmore Leonard of film. I highly recommend this film to both movie buffs and casual film-goersalike.10/10
This movie has both action, philosophy, and a kind of sensuous side torobots. If you look at Black Heart and her two followers, they are bothdeadly and sensual at the same time. Although the robots come off as notcaring about life, they do show signs of caring, self preservation,aliances, and one robot even wants to see the sun set before she dies.Very interesting concept, and altough somber, it also holds hope for thefuture.
Another remake of Kurosawa's landmark film "Yojimbo" (itself suggestedby Dashiell Hammet's "Red Harvest"), set in a distant, post-Apocalypticfuture. A stranger comes to town and plays one group of badguys againstanother, kills everybody, walks off into the sunrise. can't go toowrong with a story that simple! The acting is strong, especially thatof Hauer, who never realized the promise of his earely career. Whenaction happens, it's neatly handled.But the pacing just drags. There's not half the action this film needs,and the dialog is way over-wrought.I did like the use of a quote from Dylan Thomas, and a couple othermoments stand out, as when one robot envisions Hauer's character onhorseback leading the human race back to triumphal dominance. And thisis one of Pyun's better efforts as a director; he just doesn't seem toknow how to move a film along - which has always been his mainweakness.Good for a viewing, but unmemorable, and certainly not in a class withYojimbo.
I loved it. It combines elements from classic westerns and sciencefiction.An icy, lightning fast gunslinger [shank throwing android] nicknamedGuardian Angel rides [walks] into a post apocalyptic town where anuneasy truce exists between two warring factions of androids, the ROMsand the Droids. Guardian Angel has been modified by the few remaininghumans on earth. He can now recognize good and evil in androids, andhis human given purpose is to take out the evil ones in order to clearthe way for humans to rebuild. Like the Man With No Name in "A Fistfullof Dollars," he plays the two sides off against each other.This movie is proof a production does not need JarJar Binks money to begood.
"Omega Doom" is a thinly disguised sci-fi version of the concept behind"Yojimbo" and "A Fistful of Dollars", in which one charactermanipulates two warring factions in an isolated setting. Albert Pyun,the prolific low budget genre director who co-wrote this with Ed Naha,gets at least somewhat ambitious with this script - he starts off byquoting a Dylan Thomas poem - but ultimately this is too dull, and tooroutine, to really take off. The characters, for the most part, tend tonot generate much interest. Star Rutger Hauer is fortunatelycharismatic and amusing as usual, but he can't bring a lot of life tothis tired movie. He plays the title character, a robot in a world ofthe future where mechanicals have practically decimated all mankind. Sonow they're left to fend and think for themselves and also fight oneanother. Doom, whose programming was damaged during a fight, comes upona remote run down area where two types of robots, "Roms" and "Droids",are having it out, convincing each side to try to team up while havinghis own hidden agenda. Leading the Droids is sexy Shannon Whirry of theerotic thriller genre, and leading the Roms is Tina Cote, a regular inPyuns' films. Also among the cast are the appealing Anna Katarina asthe "bartender" who serves up refreshing glasses of water, Jahi J.J.Zuri as a trouble making Droid, and Norbert Weisser, who like Cotereappears often in Pyuns' oeuvre, as the principal supplier of comedyrelief, as the hapless "Head" who's the recipient of much abuse. Decentatmosphere and convincing production design (the movie was shot onlocation in Slovakia) are assets, but overall the movie is not terriblystimulating, nor is it very easy to root for anyone present. Die hardHauer fans or devotees of post-apocalypse cinema may find some valuehere, but it's not something that's worth a hearty endorsement. Fiveout of 10.