In the near future, an Artificial Intelligence is created. The designer fed in the personalities of hundreds of serial killers, and let the AI develop its own personality as they kill each other off. The end result looks just like Russell Crowe from LA Confidential and is used to train cops in a VR environment. However, the AI does not want to stay trapped in VR - he hijacks a new robot body composed of nanites [like a T1000 it is practically indestructible] and goes on a killing spree.
The city has an entire police force full of trained professionals and seasoned experts, but apparently the only cop good enough to solve the case is Parkes [Denzil Washington] who has been in jail for the past few years after he was found guilty of mass murder. Oh well.
The AI's main personality is based on the terrorist who kidnapped Parkes' wife and daughter, which led to their death and Parkes' incarceration. Yes, he cannot just chase the villain to get his freedom or earn a living, the hero has to have a personal revenge stake in the plot. Yawn.
By another amazing coincidence in the cliche stakes, Parkes' new female partner just happens to have a pre-teen daughter; what will you bet that the daughter gets kidnapped by the AI?
Festus (Christopher Lloyd - Back To The Future ) is targeted by a husband-killing gold-digger. Meanwhile, the Addams kids are sent to a Summer Camp run by Mary-Ann from Cybill. Mercedes McNabb is one of the other children, and the main rival of Wednesday Addams.
The peaceful tribe is led by Lance Hendriksen ( Aliens ) and includes Jack Sheppard (Blue Ice).
This is notable because, unlike other Man from UNCLE films, they actually have a pretty decent budget for a change. The plot is about a secret conspiracy to brainwash the population of Earth with a new nerve gas. The cast includes Leslie Nielsen in one of his few post- Forbidden Planet , pre-Police Squad roles.
This film was released in 1980, four years before Terminator , and is obviously the place James Cameron got the photograph idea from. It also tells of a doomed love between an English lady and a young American man, told in a glorious Edwardian setting of 1912. Does that sound familiar to anyone?
In 1994, USA discovered time travel and set up a police force to ensure nobody changed the past. The Time Cops are run by a corrupt politician (Ron Silver - Lifepod ) and an honest cop (Bruce McGill - Quantum Leap ), and their first recruit is Mr Van Damme.
Van Damme is victim of an attack by unknown thugs who kill his wife. This somewhat screws him up mentally, and small wonder. His wife is Mia Sara, the young girl from Legend who has since become a woman! Ten years later, poor JCVD still pines for her massive funbags in 2004 - in other words he is the cliched macho loner cop.
The plot culminates with a rerun of the attack which kills his wife - but this time 2004 JCVD helps save 1994 JCVD and Mia. Unlike most action movies, this one avoids the cliched shootout in a hi-tech maze; the family house (wooden, three storeys) does just fine. Pouring rain, great cinematography and (in the case of the main villain's death) incredible SPFX all play their part.
She has a dirty weekend with Nick Cassavettes ( Face Off ), and they wake up married. The next time they get drunk together is to celebrate their divorce, and she wakes up divorced but pregnant.
The second two tales are written by Richard Matheson, a contributor to the original series, and they are far better than the first two!
Think of it this way; the Simpsons Halloween special did parodies of the two Matheson stories, but never dreamt of touching the other tales. What better indicator can you have as to whether something is part of popular culture?
Willis is his Pulp Fiction character, the brutal yet sympathetic underdog, but the real revelation about this flick is Pitt. Yes, he is not just a pretty face. Well, in this reviewer's opinion he is not EVEN a pretty face but that is irrelevant. What matters is, after all the films he has smirked his way through, now he has shown what he can do. And it is quite watchable, too.
The film is pretty much Jason of the Argonauts with an all-star supporting cast, although the 2 lead roles were cast to unknowns. The hero Perseus is played by Harry Hamlin, a nobody who later made it big in the TV show L.A. Law. The Princess is Judi Bowker, who never followed up her great success as lead in this movie.
Zeus is none other than (Sir) Laurence Olivier, and his wicked wife is (Dame) Maggie Smith from the Harry Potter movies. Sian Philips is the Queen, and Burgess Meredith ( ) is the compulsory wise mentor type.
This is the sort of Hollywood approach to ancient legends that laid the groundwork for Hercules & Xena over a decade later. Notable is the robotic owl - not part of the Greek myths, just put in as a sort of substitute R2D2!!!