Welcome to the first edition of Sci-Fi Cheese!

This week, I am starting with a movie that precedes “Pacific Rim” by 23 years. This movie, while ranked low on Netflix, is one of the movies my brother absolutely loves.

The movie is, Robot Jox,” and stars Gary Graham and Anne-Marie Johnson as techno-warriors who pilot colossal robots to fight the wars of our future world.

Cover of "Robot Jox"
Cover of Robot Jox

In the future, about 1/2 century after the final nuclear holocaust, there are essentially two countries left–The Market (the West) and The Confederation (The Russians and their friends). War is forbidden, so when the two countries need to settle a territorial dispute, they send in the giant robots to battle it out.

Personally, I think this is the best way to handle wars. Saves lives, money and time.

Thanks to a Benedict-Arnold selling information on the new weapons for The Market’s robots, The Confederation was starting to win more battles. Market Jox were dying at an astonishing rate. The only pilot able to fight–and win–was Achilles {Gary Graham).

Until the fateful day when he goes up against his nemesis, Alexander. And if you want to know the rest, you’ll have to rent the movie. I won’t do spoilers.

Robot Jox is a live action movie inspired by “Transformers” cartoons.  Directed by Stuart Gordon, the screenplay was written by the brilliant “Forever War” author Joe Haldeman. Gordon and Haldeman both co-wrote the story and had different visions for the film–Haldeman wanted more serious; while Gordon wanted more of a kids movie. Filmed mostly in Rome, the film tells a story of Cold War tactics, betrayal and redemption.

This movie is a part of my childhood and always brings good memories.

That said, I give this movie a Cheese Rating of  Cheese Half American–Half Government.

Here’s a quick clip to whet your appetite.

Join me next week when I introduce you to another of my childhood favorites, “Spacehunter: Adventures In The Forbidden Zone”, staring Peter Strauss, Molly Ringwald and Michael Ironside as you’ve never seen him before.

Until Next week,

“Why do humans never do as they’re told? Someone should replace you all with robots. No, on second though, they shouldn’t, bad idea.”
― Jonathan MorrisDoctor Who: Touched by an Angel


Video courtesy of Probellum via Movie footage courtesy of Empire Pictures, Altar Productions,

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