Directed by: Damian Lee (and an uncredited Jim Wynorski)
Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Allan Kolman, Melini Paul, and Randolph Mantooth
Apparently there’s a deadly “bio-weapon” out there called Agent Red
which, if released to the public, would kill many people horribly.
Captain Matt Hendricks (Dolph) is assigned to go aboard a submarine and
pick it up, to deliver it back to the U.S. Government. Helping him out
is potential love interest Dr. Linda Christian (Paul). When the sub is
hijacked by some evil Russians who want the Agent Red, Hendricks and
Linda must fight them and get the Agent Red back safely. What will
happen, and will anyone care?
Agent Red should be shown in film
schools as a perfect example of how NOT to make a movie. All this
supposed “movie” consists of is a disjointed mishmash of stock footage
from a bunch of different sources. Playing “spot the stock footage”
isn’t really the same thing as enjoying a movie. It’s
just insulting to audiences. It assumes they are just idiots who don’t
know anything. Working off of this absurd premise, Damian Lee once again
proves he’s a hack, and Jim Wynorski had to come in and reshoot much of
the footage. Again, not a great sign.
As if suffering through
yet another junky submarine slog wasn’t enough, this movie is talky, yet
without any character development. It’s the worst of all worlds. It’s
impossible to care about the proceedings. Even Dolph
can’t save this trainwreck (sub-wreck?) of a movie. Really the only
people that would be watching this are Dolph fans to begin with, and
this is just a slap in their faces. Most of this isn’t really Dolph’s
fault. It’s Lee and producer Andrew Stevens. What were they thinking?
Did they honestly believe anyone in the world would actually like this
There’s not even really any action to speak of, maybe a few
brief fights, shootings, and some
stock-footage explosions. This barely qualifies. But it does have every
cliche imaginable, including the “wacky taxi driver”, naturally named
Ziggy (Allan Kolman). Is this movie Counter Measures (1999)? Is it Storm Catcher (1999)? Who can tell? Even though Dolph’s name here is Hendricks, in
the stock footage “he” wears a suit with the name tag “Holloway”. Did no
one notice this during (what passed for) the editing process?
Red is what happens when footage is cobbled together, and a presumed
movie is assembled, but without any surprises or intelligence. The
presence of Dolph prevents this from being a zero star movie, but in all
other aspects, it really is.
Assembling footage is not the same thing as making a movie, which the horrendousness of Agent Red amply proves.
Comeuppance Review by: Ty and Brett