The Silencers was made when tvs The X Files (1993-2002) was at the height of its popularity. In fact, The Silencers introduces the Men in Black in what would be their first big screen appearance the better part of a year before the hit film of the same name Men in Black (1997) came out. That said, The Silencers is not a particularly good variation on the theme. It seems unsure what type of film it wants to be. It starts out building up the conspiracy/alien infiltration angle and does a passable job of such (even if by the point the film was made, the alien cover-up conspiracy was rapidly becoming a cliche).
Grafted onto the X Files type plot is the seeming necessity to create an action movie. Every so often (almost at timed intervals), Richard Pepin sees the need to throw in a mindless action set-piece. There is at least one adrenalin-charged action sequence with a truck driving through traffic the wrong way on a freeway with Jack Scalia having to board it on the outside and a car crashing through a helicopter in mid-air, which at the same time as you are noting just how mindless it is, you cannot deny is not spectacular. Unfortunately, after that point, The Silencers nosedives and turns into yet another sf/action buddy cop film along the lines of films like The Hidden (1987) and its spate of imitators such as the tv mini-series Something is Out There (1988), Dark Angel/I Come in Peace (1990), Abraxas: Guardian of the Universe (1991) and The Cat (1992) with Jack Scalia paired up with bland alien surfer-type Dennis Christopher. All of the films potential conspiratorial mysteriousness vanishes and is replaced by unfunny buddy humour.
The Silencers is a film that is bizarrely all over the place. The most absurd moment is surely when good guy alien Dennis Christopher tries to deliver a heartfelt plea against war toys, to say that there is more to life than that including art and poetry. Something inside one goes whoa and suddenly realizes that in an absurdly hypocritical move, the film by its very nature seems to be upholding a message, if not in favour of violence, then at least one that promotes mindless action for the purpose of adrenal excitement. Also amusing is the films retelling of the Roswell Incident (which we are told was the initial appearance of the Men in Black). The so-called real Roswell Incident was a relatively low-key affair where a weather balloon crashed and was reported as something else in a single newspaper, not something that was a great media event, nor one where witnesses went missing afterwards.
Richard Pepins other films of genre note are: Cyber Tracker (1994), Firepower (1994), Cybertracker 2 (1995), Dark Breed (1995), Hologram Man (1995), T-Force (1995), The Sender (1997), Y2K/Terminal Countdown (1999), Mindstorm (2001) and Caved In (2006). PM Entertainment has produced some 80 plus films, almost all being action films. Their other genre productions include Death By Dialogue (1988), Hollow Gate (1988), The Art of Dying (1991), Alien Intruder (1993), CIA: Code Name Alexa (1993), CIA II: Target Alexa (1994), The Power Within (1995), Steel Frontier (1995), Rage (1996), Sutures (2009), as well as the childrens films Storybook (1995), Two Bits and Pepper (1995) and Little Bigfoot (1997).