Dark Angel stars the most American looking I think I’ve ever seen Dolph Lundgren? (Well Canadian I should add). With his perfectly coiffed dyed dark brown hair he somewhat, to me, looked like Nathan Fillion from Firefly. He wore a similar brown jacket too. Dolph didn’t seem to have much of his Swedish or, in the case of his famous Drago, a Russian accent either.
Dolph plays Houston narcotics cop Detective Jack Caine. He’s a maverick, no nonsense, man mountain who’s ready to bust a hole in a smug drug dealing gang of yuppies called The White Boys. Flashy gangsters driving around in luxury sports cars and wearing top of the range suits. The gang has boosted a massive shipment of stolen heroin from a federal storage warehouse. With a pile of dead bodies behind them these hoodlums need to be brought down. Jack is on the case but things are about to take on a very strange turn of events………..
Tagline – Jack Caine thought he’d busted every breed of crook on Earth…HE HAS.
With a string of drug dealer bodies all cut and sliced and a mysterious weapon of an otherworldly nature. Well it couldn’t be more earthly to be honest, obviously the budget was way too stretched blowing everything up for anything too fancy to be used. So a nice shiny music CD is the alien weapon of choice. Well it does fly with tremendous deadly precision. Oh did I say alien? We do get spoilt, two for the price of one. One, Talec (Matthias Hues), has shocking white long hair and a killer catchphrase “I Come In Peace” when the other, Azeck (Jay Bilas), has a dweeby monk fringe!
Tagline – He came in search of a drug so rare it could only be found in one place… Man.
With the feds getting involved Jack Caine gets lumbered with annoying pint sized FBI agent Special Agent Arwood ‘Larry’ Smith (Brian Benben). Somehow these two law enforcers have to investigate what the hell is going on as more and more bodies start stacking up. A collection of innocent bodies with strange markings and identical deaths. WTF was going on? Maybe Jacks friend, the wired and tweaking caffeine addicted Bruce the Scientist (Mark Lowenthal) can help shine some light on the mystery? So the mismatched duo of Jack and Larry run off into the night to bring this foe down. But first Larry needs to borrow a coat. “Cheers Jack it fits perfectly!” “It should… it was mine when I was 12!”
Things I’ve Learnt..
- Directed by Craig R Baxley who before getting in the directing chair was a prolific stuntman and stunt coordinator. Check this list of films he’s been either a stunt double or stunt driver. Charley Varrick, Mr Majestyk, The Parallax View, The Poseidon Adventure, Rollerball, Logan’s Run, Predator and The Warriors to name just a tiny few!
- Talking of the stunts one of the things I noticed right from the beginning were the amazing explosions with the actors right in the firing line. Here’s Dolph Lundgren saying a few words on the subject. “Everywhere I turn there’s another Baxley’s stunt guy“
- Here’s another great little anecdote about Dolph connecting a perfect roundhouse kick with some poor guys face when they both miss their markers. Slam!
- Dark Angel is also known as I Come In Peace.
- The electronic synth soundtrack is brought to us courtesy of that Miami Vice keyboard man Jan Hammer.
- Blu-ray with interviews was released by Shout Factory here.
- Dark Angel at the time of writing can be found on YT to stream.
My brother Dan recommended this one to me. I’d never heard of it. Gotta say I really enjoyed it. Dolph was ass kicking funny, the special effects explosions are top drawer. There’s a buddy movie in here alongside science fiction and macho action fodder. Hey it’s also another Christmas film to add to the collection. It’s a good fun action packed movie which crosses over nicely from the 80s to 90s. Helped along with those Jan Hammer synthesizers. Worth a look if you haven’t seen it before. If you have, do you remember it?…. Mikey Wolf
There I was in my teenage years lying on the back room sofa all alone drifting in and out of consciousness. Not only had I caught glandular fever but the doctor, in his wisdom, had prescripted the wrong antibiotics. The mix up had caused my whole body to breakout in a rash. It looked like scarlet fever and I was beside myself! In between the crazy itching and bouts of fever sweats I’d become drowsy from all the medication. I was hallucinating. There I was making my way up the Stairway to Heaven! Continue reading “A Matter of Life and Death (1946) Well I Thought It Was But It Wasn’t Really”
Coming of age films are usually for that life transition of teenager becomes a young adult or those pre-teens losing their innocence and growing through puberty hell. Usually they are of a feel good nature that can be looked back with either fond memories or terrifying angst! Films like The Breakfast Club (1985) Stand By Me (1986) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) are a few in this genre. Continue reading “Harry and Tonto (1974) New York Old Man And His Cat Go On A Road Trip”
Come along and sing-along with me. Here we go. “Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside. Oh, I do like to be beside the sea. Oh, I do like to stroll along the prom, prom, prom where the brass bands play tiddley-om-pom-pom.”
The old British seaside holiday traditions. Bucket and spades, chips in cones, fairground rides, annoying seagulls and Punch and Judy puppet shows. Beauty competitions, cheeky postcards, sticks of bright coloured rock and of course a saucy joke telling comic. Meet Archie Rice (Laurence Olivier) our music-hall stage performer. The gap toothed smiling painted face man with a whole arsenal of well seasoned innuendos ready to fire off from his repertoire. Continue reading “The Entertainer (1960) That Saucy Seaside Comic Sir Laurence Olivier”
I was intrigued with Storm Warning not only by it’s daunting subject matter but also alarmed to see three actors included that I just couldn’t fathom in a movie based around the Ku Klux Klan. Stamped on the poster are the names of three giant stars. The future President Of The United States, Ronald Reagan and the all singing, all dancing ladies, Ginger Rogers and butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth, Doris Day. Seriously WTF? Continue reading “Storm Warning (1951) President Reagan In Klan Film With Ginger Rogers And Doris Day!… Saaay Whaaat!”
First up please accept my deepest sincere apologies. Seriously how the blue blazes had I never seen The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension before I really have no clue! Yep that’s the title and yep it’s a wild ride. Big shout out going to the original card carrying Blue Blaze Irregulars member Todd over at Cinema Monolith. Thanks for giving me a gentle nudge with a tongue electrode.
Continue reading “The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension (1984) How The Blue Blazes Hadn’t I Seen This Before?”
Not my usual film choice you might note but after seeing it I’d of been well gutted if I’d never seen this. It’s like it says in the title, this film is from 1933! And shocker! it’s got boob silhouettes, girls in skimpy outfits, naked in the bath, risque conversations, innuendos and above all incredible choreographed sequences and one helluva brilliant Ginger Rogers ditty. Gold Diggers of 1933 is really fun, rather cheeky and absolutely stunning to look at.
Continue reading “Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) Gingers Pig Latin And Those Gorgeous Choreographed Scenes”
Charlie Bubbles (Albert Finney) was tired. He was rich beyond his wildest dreams but like they say, money and fame doesn’t always bring the happiness. He’d started to realise the people around him were leeches, bad influences, money grabbers or just plain annoying. Actually, to Charlie, everyone and everything was annoying. The manner people spoke to him, the mundane world of bankers and solicitors, the reporters and the industry always hounding him. You know what, even Mrs. Noseworthy (Margery Mason) his housekeeper treats him with contempt. Charlie wasn’t happy. Continue reading “Charlie Bubbles (1968) Albert Finney The Returning Disillusioned Prodigal Son”
A spine-chilling sound resonates eerily through the cloudy skies. A man appears, panicked. Fear upon his face. Rain falls in the pitch black of night. Big Ben looms in the moody landscape. The man turns and runs. Down steep stairs, along cobbled lanes. By the River Thames he hurries through the puddles as beams of light from street lamps make ghostly lines and angles. London is asleep. The man is alone. He carries on to his destination. Bursting through the doors of his office, covered in a mix of sweat and rain, he grabs the tape recorder. Agitated and holding back hysteria, Dr. Mark Davidson (John Neville) looks us directly in the eyes and feverishly warns the world of the Unearthly Stranger.
Dr. Mark Davidson – “In a little while I expect to die. To be killed by… something… that you and I know is here? Visible yet moving unseen amongst us all each moment of the day and night. There were times when you thought I was insane BUT listen to this tape I beg you so you know what it is you have to fight!“
Continue reading “Unearthly Stranger (1963) A British Sci-fi Gem With An Explosion Inside His Brain”