Some of Albert Pyuns films are occasionally capable of being more than the B sf/action hybrids they aspire to notably Nemesis but Heatseeker is one of his more tedious. Although Heatseeker is a competently enough made B-film, Pyun has sought to cut his costs by filming what looks like real kickboxing competition footage. Unfortunately, what he does not realise is that formalised competition sport filmed from a disinterested distance lacks any of the dramatic excitement of the action movie equivalent that artificially pumps the conflict up with slow-motion and closeup blows and tight focus on the sweating, snarling faces of the combatants. Nor is any attempt made to characterise the majority of the combatants. Pyun makes the mistake of allowing this action to take up nearly half the film and the results are tedium inducing the equivalent of watching televised sport where one has no interest in the game.
Heatseeker is not up to much when it comes to the standard drama either. Keith Cookes kickboxing hero makes almost no distinction on the film whatsoever. Far more intriguing is frequent Pyun collaborator Norbert Weisser who makes for an interestingly obsessive corporate villain. Tina Cote seems vacant and detached from proceedings. She is further lumbered by some deep-seated character confusions, which, considering that a good deal of the plot depends on them, add up to some strong uncertainty on the part of the film itself. Pyun and co-writer Christopher Borkagen seem unclear as to whether her actions in being directed to leave her husband behind and become the trainer/lover of his cyborg rival are being conducted by mind-control implant or by coerced choice. If her mind is being controlled by the implant, why does Norbert Weisser need to employ threats to obtain her cooperation? If she is being forced against her will then her lack of any emotional reaction to such a situation is almost impossible to believe. The title is of no relevance at all with a name like Heatseeker one might at least have expected some reference to missiles.
Albert Pyuns other films are: The Sword and the Sorceror (1982), Radioactive Dreams (1986), Vicious Lips/Pleasure Planet (1987), Alien from L.A. (1988), the uncredited Journey to the Center of the Earth (1988), Cyborg (1989), Deceit (1989), Captain America (1990), Dollman (1990), Brain Smasher: A Love Story (1993), Knights (1993), Nemesis (1993), Arcade (1994), Hong Kong 1997 (1994), Nemesis 2: Nebula (1995), Nemesis 3: Timelapse (1995), Adrenalin: Fear the Rush (1996), Nemesis 4: Death Angel (1996), Omega Doom (1996), Postmortem (1997), Ticker (2001), Infection (2005), Cool Air (2006), Bulletface (2007), Left for Dead (2007), Tales of an Ancient Empire (2010), The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper (2014) and Interstellar Civil War (2017).
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