Wednesday, August 24, 2011

365 Movies Day #149 "I Come in Peace"

No, it's not a tranquil porn film. Also known as "Dark Angel" this film is in a somewhat similar vein as yesterday's "SPLIT SECOND". A tough cop who has lost his partner teams up with a toolish suit-type to take on an inhuman badass. See...very similar. Of course, "I come in Peace" lacks the super cool cyber punk backdrop, but it makes up for it with lots of explosions and stylized white collard gang-members. Oh, and it's a Texas film!!! Set in and shot in Houston!

This is one of Dolph Lundgren's better films. He first hit the blog a bit back with "UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: REGENERATION". His FBI partner is played by Brian Benben. At the time this came out I was way to young to be watching his show "Dream On" on HBO, but I did...and it was awesome. I was a fan by the time I saw this film for the first time and remember watching it for Benben more than Lundgren. You can catch him now on the "Grey's Anatomy" spin-off, "Private Practice".

Director Craig R. Baxley may be more known for his stunt work, but he gave us some great 90s action flicks like "Action Jackson" (featuring Carl Weathers) and "Stone Cold" with Brian Bosworth ("ONE TOUGH BASTARD". Other notable stars include German behemoth Matthias Hues who plays the alien badguy, Sherman Howard who plays the corporate head of the White Boys (better known as BUB from the original "Day of the Dead")and Sam Anderson who plays sweet old Bernard Nadler on "LOST" is Howard's bloodthirsty assistant in this film. In addition, the film is filled with Texas actors like Kevin Page, Robert Prentiss and Willie Minor. Jesse Vint, of "Mutant" fame is also in the flick as well as Michael J. Pollard of yesterday's "SPLIT SECOND".

A rough synopsis is that an alien drug dealer has come to earth to harvest endorphines from humans to sell as a highly profitable drug back home. Of course, it kills the targets of the harvesting. He's being tracked by an alien bounty hunter and Dolph Lundgren and Brian Benben are trapped in the middle. It's definitely got some 90s cheese, but it's a fun film with plenty of cool.


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