The film opens at ARC (Aerospace Research Corporation) where they are doing tests on a bunch of monkeys. Seems they’ve developed a new body sensor that will throw the wearer into murderous rage if attacked and the thing works so well that one doc says, “I’ll be a monkey’s uncle.” Really. Somehow this all figures into a spacesuit to be used on Mars. Anyway, project boss Alex Whyte (Richard Cox) gets his bad guy cred right away as he drives one chimp so crazy with a prod that it dies in its cage. We then meet noble ARC scientist Carl Lehman (David McIlwraith) at home with his wife Lauren (Teri Austin). He’s bemoaning the cuts to his current project, but doesn’t seem to care as his wife is expecting their first child. Oh, damn. Nice guy with a pregnant wife? This dude is going to be dead before the 15 minute mark, no doubt.
|Scientist #1: "We can rebuild him."|
Scientist #2: "When does the popcorn start popping?"
Pam Grier figures a way off this picture:
VISTING HOURS (1982), so it is no surprise that he jumped on the cyborg bandwagon when Arnold Schwarzenegger’s metal endoskeleton was making waves. Unfortunately, he directs with all the flair of a TV movie. And then there are odd directorial choices like when a friend walks in on Lauren being attacked and quasi-raped, only to quip a “get a room” style comment before realizing her friend is being attacked (not to mention the fact this took place while Lauren is still mourning her husband’s death). To the film’s credit, there are some insane fire gags and one or two cool stunts. The scene where The Vindicator crushes a car into a wall while a bad guy is still inside it is probably the action highlight. But I can only dream at how better that scenario would have unfolded under a director looking to sling some blood.