Cinegeek: ROBOT JOX

Director Stuart Gordon
Year 1989
Starring Gary Graham, Anne-Marie Johnson and Paul Koslo
Rating PG
Run Time 95min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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Robot Jox is a movie scientifically engineered to appeal to the eight-year-old boy that exists in all of us. This part of our personality is what’s responsible for our potty humor, our moth-to-a-flame-like lust for new dinosaurs facts and – yes – our innate desire to see giant robots fight to the death. Even the “X” in Robot Jox is like throwing chum to the adolescent male in our noggin – everybody knows boys can’t resist words that end in the letter “X.” It’s wired into their cortex (another word that drives boys wild).

A 1988 film from Stuart Gordon, Robot Jox was the film that killed Charles Band’s Empire Pictures. Once a mighty studio able to fill the world of all its Ghoulies-related needs, Empire Pictures was permanently handicapped when it decided to bankroll the latest film from Stuart Gordon, a man who had helped put the studio on the map with his films Re-Animator, From Beyond and Dolls. Robot Jox is a Gordon and famed science fiction writer Joe Haldeman. Set in a post-apocalyptic future in which war has been outlawed and the world’s two remaining super powers settle their disputes with single-man combat. One catch, though – each combatant is piloting a multi-story death-bot with a varied supply of weapons including chainsaw penises, jet-propelled rocket punches and green lasers!

Robot Jox is a live-action Saturday morning cartoon through-and-through. In fact, if you concentrate hard enough while watching the film, you can actually begin to taste Lucky Charms cereal inside of your mouth. That’s either proof of the power of filmmaking or a sign that you have brain cancer.

Join Houston’s MechCorps for the greatest movie ever made about giant robots fighting and then learn about how you can join MechCorps in piloting your own Mech warrior in their simulator pods. (Robert Saucedo)


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