Dark Angel AKA I Come in Peace
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AKA I Come in Peace
1990. Directed by Craig Baxley
The 90's were one of the most magical decades in US film. Perhaps the single most overdone genre during this action film heyday was/is the cop buddy movie.
I Come in peace took the cop buddy genre and set it to a ridiculous science fiction cops and robber tale. A milky eyed mullet wearing drug dealer from another arrives on Earth harvest endorphins, which are a precious drug on his home world.
He's pursued by a milky eyed mullet wearing police officer from the same planet. They both cross paths with Jack Caine, played by Dolph Lundgren in what I believe to be his best role (I know that's not saying a whole lot). Kaine's partner has been recently murdered by The White Boys.
The White Boys. One of the most creative angles of this Saturday night Cinemax screener is that the primary human antagonists are a gang of white collar stock traders who dabble in street gang violence. To say Baxler was onto something, given the current state of economic unrest in the US is an understatement.
Boasting a great, cheesy soundtrack and featuring innovative weaponry, the film coasts along in a familiar paint by numbers formula leading to the final confrontation. Brian Benben is the gem of the film, who plays a straight laced FBI agent slowly awakening to the ways of the world.
Mark Irwin's camera work, particularly during the multiple chase scenes is admirable, however the sets themselves leave a lot to be desired.
Sadly, Betsy Brandley is not given enough time as the female lead, though her chemistry with Lundgren is half believable, which is a feat on it's own.
It's the cop buddy relationship that is the heart of smash mouth actioner. Just sit back and enjoy the explosions.
Available on Amazon, Vudu, & Itunes for streaming rental.