Directed by: Lorenzo Lamas
Starring: Lorenzo Lamas, Kathleen Kinmont, Pamela Dixon, Al Sapienza, Larry Manetti, Branscombe Richmond, and John Savage
Since the last “CIA” film, Alexa (Kinmont) has given up working for the
government and now relaxes in a small town, content to raise her
daughter on a horse ranch. She thought she put her former life behind
her, but Graver (Lamas) comes back into the picture. He asks her to
infiltrate yet another criminal organization, to get yet another
microchip, which would control yet more nuclear weapons. This time
around, the main baddie is Franz Kluge (Savage), and his henchmen are
Straker (Ryan) and Lana (Fetrick). Will Graver and Alexa be able to work
together again to defeat the bad guys? And who can you really trust?
Lamas must really care about the CIA franchise (such as it was at the
time) and the character of Graver, because he stepped into the
director’s chair for this one. Sure, this movie didn’t really
need to be made, as it covers very similar ground to the first film
while not being as good - but this movie is a lot funnier than the first
one. The dialogue is sillier than ever before and some of the
situations are pretty ridiculous. But it all has the backing of the
classic PM stuntwork and blow-ups behind it.
has a horse named Fred the Horse, Lamas continues on with his tank
top/black hat combos for his wardrobe, and his hair is much funnier and
more feminine this time around. It’s truly “dueling ponytails” for both
him and Kinmont. John Ryan was last seen as the baddie from American Cyborg: Steel Warrior (1993), and his name in the film, Straker, is one we’ve
seen before (last seen being used by Richard Norton in Raiders of the Sun, 1992). John Savage plays a toned-down, but very similar character to the
one he played in Red Scorpion 2 (1994), and he even has some dialogue involving
scorpions. Weird, eh? Plus his international
criminal organization seems like a boy scout camp, and his minions even
dress that way.
Lori Fetrick is mainly known to American Gladiators
fans as Ice, and her presence here shows this film as pure 90’s. She
looks like Jenna Jameson but with much more ripped arms. I wonder why OJ
Simpson didn’t return for this sequel?
While not strictly one of
the better PM’s, this does have comedy, chemistry between Lamas and
Kinmont, and does have the Lamas you want to see, all told. It has
another noteworthy Louis Febre score, plenty of blow-ups and shooting,
and is still of a good quality all around.
While it can be
confusing trying to determine the difference between “Code Name Alexa”
and “Target Alexa”, if you must see only one, go with the first (Code
Name). But this one isn’t bad at all, it’s still worth watching. It’s
just a little bit unnecessary.
Comeuppance Review by: Brett and Ty
I went back and looked at my review, and I had this as a so bad it's good one. Loved the hang gliding scene-- reminded me of Cave Dwellers--, and loved Brandscombe Richmond's cameo, completing the Renegade cast. Great stuff.
Totally agree! It was so bad it's good. Watched Renegade a long time ago. I should re-visit the show.
Like I said before:
Love that woman.
And I love when actors step into the directors chair: that just makes for amazing entertainment.
Love her too! Kathleen Kinmont rocks!
Also: Lorenzo Lamas should direct more action flicks.
This sounds like a good time! Have you done Snake Eater yet? I think there's like 17 of them.
Both CIA movies have a lot of fun moments.
Haha, we did review Snake Eater. Only the 1st one though. Lamas should make another Snake Eater film!
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