Way back in 1992 there was a film that brought together a couple of action stars for a tale of science fiction run amok. The story centered on a pair of soldiers who were killed in Vietnam. Sounds like the end of the story, right?
Wrong. A military experiment back in the States takes custody of their remains and they are rebuilt into stronger, faster, smarter killing machines. One of those soldiers regains some of his memory, escapes and begins to search for the truth. He teams with a reporter in the discovering the truth, as well as bring a stop to the project that brought him back to life. By now, I am sure you guessed what film I am talking about. That's right, Cyborg Soldier. I kid, I kid. It is Universal Soldier, from which Cyborg Soldier borrows liberally, watering the whole thing down in the process.
Cyborg Soldier opens right in the middle of the action. A man (UFC fighter Rich Franklin) fights his way through a cliche, complete with flashing red lights, darkened government issue hallways, and anonymous uniformed fist fodder. The man easily dismantles his attackers and runs off through snowy woods and down the road. I guess the facility does not have any mobile units on the outside prepared to prevent just such a situation.
Before long, a small town deputy, Lindsey Reardon (Tiffani Thiessen), comes across him running down the road. Before she is able to get any information from him, a black van rolls up, opening to reveal the military's clean-up crew, a motley assortment of unsavory looking mercenary types with big guns. A shoot-out ensues, ending with the man and Lindsey racing off in her cruiser, leaving the head merc spitting mad.
With the chase safely underway, the complex (ahem) plot begins to unfold. The man is named Isaac (actually, it is an acronym: Intuitive Synthetic Autonomous Assault Commando), and he acts rather stiff. His actions are with good reason — the mad scientist (more like upset scientist in this case) Simon Hart (Bruce Greenwood) reveals that he is the creator of the runaway man. He used all of his scientific acumen, and millions in government money to create the perfect soldier (much like Universal Soldier) and that he is very anxious to get him back. Hart's actions are hampered by Janice Fraser, a suit from some other branch, also eager to get Isaac back, but willing to bring in other agencies, like the FBI. Sounds odd for someone I have assumed to be further up the food chain, being so willing to bring others in and allowing their project to become known.
Anyway, bad mercenary types chase and catch up from time to time, a fight ensues, and our protagonists escape. Lather, rinse, repeat. Eventually we learn a little bit about the background of our programmed commando, which leads him to want to go back to the facility. The whole thing ends in an explosive showdown inside the top secret bunker where this whole thing began.