Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter
N.B. Lindley-Johnson, Tracey Birdsall, John Neilson (executive) for Empire Motion Pictures
directed by Neil Johnson
starring Tracey Birdsall, William Kircher, Daz Crawford, Stephen Manley, Tim McGrath, Ashley Park, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Livvy Stubenrauch, Marc Hawes, Tony Gibbons (voice), Aaron Jacques, Erin Bethea, Michael Scott Martin, Charles Beck, Nicky Birdsall, Hunter Jacques, Neil Johnson, Moose Jacques, Clint Morris, Ashleigh Davies
written by Neil Johnson, music by Alex Staropoli, special creature effects by Kyle Thompson/Midnight Studios FX, fight choreography by Michael Martin
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In the rather distant future, a war between humans and robots has been
fought spanning most of the galaxy, and the robots have won. Sure, there
are still pockets of resistance, but frankly the humans don't stand too
much of a chance ... but Sienna (Tracey Birdsall) begs to differ: She's
not only a tough-as-nails warrior who hates the robot overlords with a
passion, she also has a plan. Basically, it encompasses stealing an
all-mighty anti-robot bomb from a faraway planet and then detonate it on
every planet ruled by robots, to free them one by one. Oh, and on the way,
she also plans to spring her lover (Daz Crawford) from space prison. Thing
is, Sienna's best friend Blister (Tim McGrath) pretty much blackmails her
into taking him with her, and he brings his mouthy robot (!) orb Hoagland
(Tony Gibbons) along for the ride, and along the way they also pick up an
abandoned pleasure bot (Ashley Park), so what started out as a
straightforward mission soon becomes muddled. Plus, Sienna has all these
strange dreams that might be suppressed memories of a past she's still
unclear about. But our ragtag crew manages to get their hands on the
anti-robot bomb despite fierce resistance and losses on their side ... but
then Sienna learns that she herself is actually a pleasure bot that has
been transplanted a human brain (not wholly successfully, hence the lack
of memories and weird dreams) - which might crush everything she has ever
believed in ... or strengthen her resolve. But that said, her mission's
far from over ...
Taken its basic story, Rogue Warrior:
Robot Fighter is a reminder of B sci-fi movies from the 1980s that
came in the wake of Star Wars, Alien,
Mad Max and the like: There's plenty of action, both on the ground
and deep space fights, robots, explosions, the story isn't rooted too
deeply in reality, is easy to follow and basically a hanger for spectacle.
But in terms of looks and style, this movie is very much a child of its
own age, and in a good way, the special effects are uniformly up to the
task and effectively placed and executed, the film is rapidly paced,
features its fair share of irony, has heart and cool characters ... and is
just all-around fun!