Hell has no fury like a woman transformed, eh? Well, since that’s the case, you no longer have to stay up at night wondering what happen if the world’s roughest bunch of criminals were at the mercy of a one woman army because this movie answers that question. Does that mean you’ll be rest easy knowing that you won’t end up in the crossfire in the middle of the night? I would say so, and even though the barrage of bullets, explosions, and mindless violence gets repetitive at times, it doesn’t fail to be exciting. The moments where Alyssa demonstrates her take no prisoners approach have a rhythm to them, which begs the question: who knew a killing machine could be so graceful? Heh. If more people regarded demolition as performance art, then it would be it would be a fun yet devastating way to blow off some steam.
As is typical of your human turned cyborg flicks, consciousness is alluded to. It isn’t given much depth, but since Alyssa is readjusting to her identity, the struggle which she faces is such that although she wants to be human again, doing so would be a hindrance to taking out Mad Dog and his gang. It’s a conundrum that, while it isn’t given a great deal of attention, it doesn’t feel tacked on, especially since she is haunted by visions of demons and the gang. Though those are brief, they have more of an effect on her than you might think, even if they aren’t particularly strong horror elements. It goes to show that insights into a character’s psychology can be just as engaging as their actions.
The mayor isn’t the most charismatic, but the fact that she’s seeking reelection has some significance. As you can imagine, that doesn’t sit well with Mad Dog and his gang as they aspire to bring the city to its knees. Funny how a politician can cause such controversy, innit? It’s probably a good thing that none of them entertain the thought of having a cyborg take care of crime in order to up their approval rating, although I wouldn’t be surprised if they did as not all of them are reputable. That said, there’s a satirical quality to the mayor’s means of ensuring four more years that serves as a reminder of the underhandedness that, when exposed, is not only hard to deny, but also embarrassing. I suppose there are worse things than a gang’s attempt at getting even with a politician after all.
I kind of liked this. It has its flaws, but it never really loses its steam. Give it a look if you’re curious.