Dark Angel

Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Brian Benben and Betsy Brantley
RRP: 12.99
Certificate: 18
Available 17 January 2005

Houston cop Jack Caine thought he'd dealt with every kind of crime on earth, but now someone is using human bodies to manufacture narcotics... someone - or something - not of this world. Reluctantly partnered with FBI agent Laurence Smith, Kane begins to realise that an alien presence is on the streets collecting a priceless intergalactic drug that can only be found in the human brain...

Dark Angel (or to give it it's original title I Come in Peace - which actually works better) is very much a victim of late '80s / early '90s fashion. Dolph Lundgren (more famous for playing He-Man in the 1987 movie Masters of the Universe) walks around with a haircut that Patrick Swayze would have been embarrassed by in the '80s.

The plot is simple: An alien has arrived on earth and is randomly picking his victims. He injects them with heroin - enough to kill them and then uses a device to suck the endorphins out of their body. This can be sold on his home planet for a small fortune. An alien cop is after him, but the clock is ticking and if the alien drug runner returns home with his prize, more aliens will arrive to suck the human race dry. Oh and a human cop and his FBI minder stumble upon the two aliens and then help save the day (sorry, but I doubt that I've spoiled much that wasn't obvious).

The plot is not a million miles away from The Terminator - sadly it's nowhere near as entertaining, nor has it aged as well. Some of the acting is laughable... and as for the fight with the alien heroin syringe... the less said the better.

There are no extras on this release, but then I can't think of any reason that there should be.

If you loved this movie when it was first released you might want to pick it up for nostalgia. Otherwise, avoid like the plague.

Nick Smithson

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