Hands of Steel (1986)
Oh wow. Oh. Wow. What was I thinking? Right after the horrible The Thirsty Dead, we have this masterpiece. Do some basic research and you will see that this movie was originally titled Vendetta dal futuro, and if you are familiar at all with the kinds of movies I cover on this blog, you will realize that we have struck ITALIAN GOLD.
Hands of Steel is the story of a guy with robot hands who is programmed to assassinate a political rival of the evil government. He then goes into hiding, falls in love, does a lot of arm wrestling, and then has to face the government that created him if he wants to hold on to his humanity (using his robot hands).
So this movie is like Over the Top combined with, uh, one of those cyborg movies where the Over the Top. So yes, just another example of Hollywood shamelessly copying cheap Italian genre flicks.
cyborg has to fight evil to hold on to his humanity. Or at least, I was going to say that, but this came out BEFORE
You better like arm wrestling, because that is like 30% of the movie. It's like Terminator 2 but instead of shooting people, Arnold just arm wrestles them. Or West Side Story where the gangs arm wrestle instead of dance. Unfortunately there is no point to the arm wrestling, because our hero has robot hands so he is destined to win.
Even without any suspense whatsoever and all that pointless arm wrestling, this is a fun one to spend a boring night watching. Highly recommended.