DEATH ANGEL; I COME IN PEACE
Dark Angel proves surprisingly entertaining, far more than the mere actioner it might seem to be at first glance. It has been very well put together the action is slick, tight and spectacular. (Director Craig R. Baxley used to work as a stuntman). The scenes in particular of the aliens weaponry in operation vibrating killer CDs and guns that fires pulsed explosions are top notch. The idea of aliens harvesting human brains for heroin was first conducted in the amusingly sarcastic Liquid Sky (1982).
The one element that raises Dark Angel considerably are the characters. Dark Angel came out not long after the Mel Gibson hit Lethal Weapon (1987) and buddy cop films were all the rage and it is almost certain that that has some influence here. Dark Angel does this with a highly enjoyable spin. Dolph Lundgren and Brian Benben are inspiredly cast as diametrically opposed personalities Lundgren wittily plays into the part that he is usually typecast as of the macho cop who operates by instinct and bends the rules, while Brian Benben is cast as a slick, cocksure Ivy League by-the-book regulation-quoter. It is the joy of the interplay between these two completely opposed characters that makes the film so entertaining.
Director Craig R. Baxley had previously made Action Jackson (1988) and went onto to maintain a reasonable career as a genre director. His other films include the incomprehensible Deep Red (1994) about the search for a child carrying an alien virus; the worthwhile psycho-thriller Under Pressure (1997) with Charlie Sheen as a fireman who snaps and starts terrorising his neighbours; and the Christian Anti-Christ film Left Behind: World at War (2005). Baxley has made a host of Stephen King tv mini-series including Storm of the Century (1999), Rose Red (2002), The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (2003) and Kingdom Hospital (2004). Baxley has also made a variety of genre tv movies including the superhero film Chameleon II: Death Match (1999), The Glow (2002) about a conspiracy of immortals, the mini-series The Triangle (2005) about the Bermuda Triangle and the amazing The Lost Room (2006) about a quest for everyday objects with mysterious powers.
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