Monday, November 9, 2009


Released: 1984
Reviewed: 11.4.09
Star rating: 4 out of 5

Tom Selleck (Ramsay), Cynthia Rhodes (Karen), Gene Simmons (Luther), Kirstie Alley (Jackie), Stan Shaw (Marvin), G.W. Bailey (Chief).

Ramsey and Karen are police robotics experts in this futuristic sci-fi in which the police monitor robots being used as servants and as manual labor. But when notorious criminal Luther unleashes acid filled killer robots and heat-seeking smart bullets the two cops find their hands full as they rush to stop the ensuing killing spree.

This one kicks off pretty well and keeps the plot moving with action scenes punctuated with plot movement scenes. What character development there is happens as part of the plot, which is actually decent.

Acting was mediocre. I've never been a Selleck fan and he just doesn't fit for me as a cop so although he did okay, he felt out of character to me. Rhodes was obviously inexperienced but also did okay. Simmons was interesting with an unnatural ability to look absolutely menacing whenever he wants. Surprisingly he can even deliver lines pretty well. Alley was eye candy and that's about it as she didn't deliver very well at all in this one.

Sets and background were nice and the movie apparently had a decent budget. Special effects were minimal, relying on camera tricks and small explosions for the most part. Camera work was decent as was sound but the soundtrack was ridiculous at best.

Overall, this film is pure 80's at its best. Grainy picture, bad soundtrack, big hair, and cheesy special effects. It's also a decently done sci-fi with enough plot and action to keep the film interesting. With a completely unnecessary topless scene, an implied nudity scene with Alley, some violence and blood, save this one for older teens and above.

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