March 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
Well, I’m gonna take on a Bargain Bin Sci-Fi trash known as Phoenix and it has two of the awesome acts – Brad Dourif and Billy Drago. Oh Yeah, I’m gonna like this movie now and the title is also cool because I like the word Phoenix from X-Men’s The Dark Phoenix Saga through three of the Phoenix brothers – River Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix and Simon Phoenix.
Okay, I’m kidding about Simon Phoenix so let’s get to the movie. After we see the cheesy early-90s Opening, The story involves the mining colony of Titus 4 being attacked by a group of android terrorists. And then a meeting with Cyrus Kilgore (Billy Drago) which has them talking about cleaning up the mess but we quickly cut to Tyler McClain (Stephen Nicols) and his people in prison. Okay, I’m kinda lost and need to know what’s going on.
This is all happening in the first ten minutes so I hope this movie is nothing like National Lampoon’s Dorm Daze. Tyler is having a holographic conversation with Kilgore on a mission to stop the bad guys with the team which includes Tyler’s buddies. We then cut to a woman named Seline (Denice Duff) about to be raped in the streets which has Tyler come in to the rescue. Uh, Is the movie making up as it goes along? Well, Billy Drago also co-produced the movie so who knows if my next guess is that they’ll jump into a set of Seaquest DSV.
With Tyler being a hero, He then stays over at Seline’s Place. By The Way, When will he and his team go to Titus 4? Well, Reiger (Brad Dourif) appears to give Tyler and his team the mission. And I do like how Brad Dourif delivers here as he is both acting like an asshole and total badass.
Back to the meeting with Kilgore and it’s blah-blah-blah so can we get to Tyler and his team finally going to Titus 4. I’ve never waited this long since Eric Bana became the Hulk. While getting to the minor colony, They went all commando on us like they have seen James Cameron’s Aliens and shamelessly ripping the movie off. Hmm, It might make sense since this movie has its own Bill Paxton character that is Dillon.
Then the battle between Humans and Androids begin for couple of minutes while the others chickened out to look for remaining survivors or something. Tyler then gets his usual headaches before he encounters Miro (William Sanderson) who revealed to him that the androids are not the killers because it turns out the Kilgore and his corporation is responsible. Well, The DVD back cover already spoiled the surprise.
So the remaining team accidentally shot Tyler which has Miro running away. Tyler is then unconscious all the way back to Earth. Gee, The mission is very short. When he awakes in the hospital and sees… Dr. Dubenko from ER! Well, It’s Leland Orser playing Dr Riley and he’s so not obviously typecast into playing a Doctor in anything else other than this movie and the television series.
Nothing much happens except that Dr Riley has told Tyler about his headache. Kilgore then talks to Miro (via two-way transmission) and Reiger. Well, I finally saw a movie that has Drago and Dourif in the same scene so scratch that off in my checklist. Kilgore says to Reiger to follow the plan to keep it well and so on. Back to the Space Marines themselves and Reiger delivers his performance saying that Tyler is dead and so on.
Tyler gets out of his bed and sees the destruction of an android in the next room. The doctor appears and shocked Tyler to sleep. He wakes up to see Kilgore and Riley to go back to sleep – Why don’t they just kill him immediately? And then Denise shows up to free Tyler and have a sex scene. Okay, This movie is getting interesting but why do the Sex Scene now? I hate seeing plotholes.
They are still in the hospital room having a sleep while Tyler is getting a flashback involving Reiger shooting an Android before Tyler is sent to prison (which explains how he got there in the beginning of the movie). Waking up from the dream, Tyler and Denise decide to get to the bottom of it all while we return to Kilgore having another meeting. Yeah, That’s what’s good about the movie – Billy Drago in a meeting that doesn’t involve Violence.
Back to Tyler and Denise checking on some other room which he discovers the androids doing a punch-up along with few android leftovers. Riley shows up and Tyler did a full-on Jack Bauer interrogation scene which has the doctor telling everything. They runaway when Riley pushes the button before hearing another Kilgore/Reiger conversation which involves letting them go to space before the twist occurs.
Denise explains that the attempted rape is all planned and that she don’t wanna be part of Kilgore’s forces. So she lives and the Space Marines are back on Titus 4 planning to kill the androids before Tyler and Denise showed up. The marines had quickly joined forces with Miro and other androids but that’s before Kilgore, Reiger and the other soldiers shows up. Okay, Who else is gonna show up?
And Then, Denise did the backstabbing and still works for Kilgore. But then, Billy Drago has delivered his awesome performance which ends with him not wanting the Androids to live in peace but the Androids to live… in Pieces. The battle broke up for a couple of minutes before Kilgore holds Denise hostage before it leads to Tyler killing Kilgore for shooting Denise.
The movie is nearly over as Tyler has a final conversation with the dying Miro. The movie ends with Tyler, Dillon and Chin (Betsy Soo) surviving the battle. Well, The movie is watchable but also forgettable. The acting is fine, The storyline is clichéd with parts of Aliens and Blade Runner thrown in and The Special Effects is so low-budgeted that you can tell it’s made in the nineties. I’m a fan of Billy Drago and Brad Dourif and this kind of movie is only for curiosity’s watch.