Oh, it’s another one of these. Top secret military indestructible humanoid robot weapon soldier prototype escapes the research facility where it was created, and the people at the company that created it must now go track it down and find some way to kill it before it kills too many civilians. DIdn’t I just do one like this? Oh ya, CY-Warrior with Henry Silva. Also the made-for-tv movie Assassin with Robert Conrad. They’re all basically Terminator ripoffs, but there were so many of them, that they just about were their own sub-genre. Like they were all ripoffs of each other, and didn’t bother with any Terminator similarities. I don’t want to sound like I’m disappointed or I’m not looking forward to this one, though, because some of these ripoffs are a total blast. Let’s see how this one fares.
In most of the movies, the soldier prototype resembles a regular human. But in this one, it’s a giant alien reptilian monster thing, similar to Creature from the Black Lagoon or the alligator people from Land of the Lost or even the monsters in Humanoids from the Deep.
The creature gets loose, and somehow knows exactly where the person who created it lives, so it goes to his house and kills him. No idea why. You’d think that it might wanna shake his hand and thank him for giving it life. That guy’s niece barely escapes death herself, and goes to the cops with it. The cops are sympathetic, but her story is so fantastic that her case is quickly sent to the backburner. So she knows if she’s gonna get to the bottom of this, she’s gonna have to do it without their help.
At the same time, a newspaper reporter guy has been trying to dig up some info/dirt on the company that created the creature, but not having much luck. That guy and the niece eventually meet up and team up to try and infiltrate the company, figure out what this monster is and how to kill it.
A whole lotta nothing plot to get through in the middle part. Once they deploy their ‘elite’ military force consisting of like five guys with the most laughable uniforms ever, we finally get some monster action. We get the subplot of the power struggle at the company, and the CEO who becomes increasingly paranoid, and whatever that is that he injects in himself probably isn’t helping. That’s all well and good, but I would have gladly dumped all that for some more monster action.
In the end, it’s pretty weak. Never explained what he was injecting himself with. No idea what that thing was where everybody was stripped down to their underwear and taped up. Total wtf moment. Seems like one of those movies where they all were just making it up as they went along.
With the legendary David Gale (Re-Animator, The Brain), with a truly standout performance. If you’re a fan of his, definitely check this one out. If you just want to waste an hour and a half on a silly monster movie, you could do worse than this, but you also could do much better than this.