Eve of Destruction

Eve of Destruction

 

 

Eve of Destruction

1991. Directed by Duncan Gibbins. 

Eve of Destruction is one of those B Movie gems that excels in doubling down on the absurd and trying unique ideas in a played out genre.  

Eve is a female cyborg designed as an infiltration unit by the military.  She looks identical to her creator and is programmed with her maker's memories to help her appear more human.  Eve is damaged during her first public test and the injury causes her memories to take control.  Eve abandons her captors sets off on a mission to explore the darkest corner's of her creator's psyche while being pursued by a no nonsense military operator.  

Gregory Hines is the lead in this actioner.  Repeat, Gregory Hines is the lead,  His talent is so far above this kind of film that it makes his unique abilities shine so bright they burn everything around him.  It's similar to McGregor in Episode I.  Hines is so gifted that he actually tries to elevate the ridiculous script and give it levity, with often cringe inducing results.  Renee Soutendijk supports him in a dual role as Eve and the scientist who created her.  She does manage to breath some life into the chemistry with Hines, but the difference in acting ability is insurmountable, leading the quasi romance into parody territory.  

The film departs from the normal rogue science project story by focusing on a sexual angle.  Eve begins to act out various fantasies including red leather jackets and one of the most awkward sex scenes that culminates in a typical early 90's action scene, complete with blue jeaned, knife wielding truckers.  

The weapon that Hines uses is a laser sighted mega pistol that is larger than the supporting cast.  If there's one complaint is that its use is woefully slim during the fight scenes.   Eve herself chooses an uzi and there's something to be said about a woman in a leather jacket clutching a child firing an automatic weapon.  It's pure trashy glory.  

Ultimately Eve of Destruction fails on every level, save nostalgia and its for that reason that it remains a great popcorn experience.  It tried to break the mold by using drama and risque ideas but falls apart by skimping on the action, save for an excellent subway sequence in the finale.  

Available now for digital rental, Eve of Destruction will take you back to a time when Hollywood pulled the rip cord on insane ideas, lit a match and walked away.   Oh how far we've come...or have we?  

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