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Directed by: Joseph Merhi
Starring: Lorenzo Lamas, Kathleen Kinmont, Pamela Dixon, Jeff Griggs, Alex Cord, and O.J. Simpson
Mark Graver (Lamas) is a mild-mannered CIA agent but also a man of action.
He won’t hesitate to jump into the fray and cut through the red tape.
Further evidence that he is cool are his ponytail and constant,
well-groomed five o’clock shadow. (Graver’s Chief: “I don’t approve of
your methods, but you certainly get the job done”.) Graver gets the
assignment of a lifetime when he goes up against a gang of terrorists
led by the sadistic Victor Mahler (Cord). These baddies shoot up
churches, kill cops and are just plain evil in every regard. And now
they want nuclear weapons. To get them, Mahler must get a hold of “The
Microchip!” and he will go to any ends to get it.
cops Murphy (Simpson) and Benedetti (Griggs) are also working the case,
and they come across Alexa (Kinmont), a ruthless assassin
working for Mahler. Soon, Graver realizes he can use Alexa to
infiltrate Mahler’s compound but he must undo her brainwashing. So he
basically kidnaps her young daughter and keeps them both at a massive
CIA compound. So now the feds, the cops and Alexa must work together to
bring down Mahler because Alexa’s daughter, and the fate of the world,
are at stake. Will she come through, or revert back to her old ways?
major plus for this PM production is its fast pace. The movie really
zooms by, and no wonder, as it has classic Lamas, Kinmont as a very
tough cookie (Lamas and Kinmont together once again), Alex Cord, in a
very entertaining manner, chews the scenery, a rockin’ score by Louis
Febre, a CIA command center that has it all from martial arts training
to a gun range to an upscale restaurant - all in one room, and, last
but...actually least - OJ Simpson. What other movie could claim these
OJ puts in a mush-mouthed and flat
performance, and was seemingly bored. Maybe he had other things on his
mind? He does mention how he’d love to “beat the information out of
her”, referring to Alexa. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.
from The Juice, this movie actually has some surprise punchfighting.
Mahler is so evil, he stages deathfights at his mansion for his, and his
guests’ amusement. One of the fighters’ trunks say the word
“kickboxing” on them. Guess who wins the match?
The movie has the
fun cliches we all love and enjoy, and a climax at an airport you could
never do today. That’s why people keep coming back to movies like this.
They represent a different time, and it wasn’t even all that long ago.
The world is much more politically correct now, which is a shame. So
keep watching 80’s and 90’s action movies.
If you’re a fan of the PM style, you will like CIA Code Name: Alexa.
Comeuppance Review by: Ty and Brett