And picking up again with my reviews of the 100 sci-fi movie pack . Today I sat through Abraxas: Guardian of the Universe
. It stars Jesse "The Body" Ventura as a pan-galactic cop who has lived for over a thousand years and is tracking his ex-partner Secundus played by Sven-Ole "The Accent" Thorsen who has gone off the reservation. He's tracked to Earth, where Secundus rapes a woman as part of some weird plan to get the Anti-Life equation. Yep, it's some real choice material when they are clearly ripping off Jack Kirby's Fourth World. Secundus does the deed, but Abraxas stops him, and sends him back to prison. Braxie is also supposed to terminate the woman, who is going through a 30 second pregnancy, but he chooses to spare her and she gives birth to a boy alone in the woods (really nice guy huh?)
Fast forward five years, the boy is growing up, and Secundus escapes to collect his prize from the kid's brain. Braxis naturally follows, and we have the big show down in a nondescript Midwestern small town. At the heart of it, the movie runs like the obvious Terminator rip-off that it is. Braxie and Secundus both talk in that oddly technical android speak. It's even worse with Secundus, since he has a thick foreign accent, which makes him sound even more like Arnold.
Overall, it was a lot of stilted and goofy melodrama. There was a distinct over use of internal monologue by all three primary characters, especially at the beginning of the movie. Though on the bright side I would say it was paced pretty well and there wasn't the massive amount of padding like I saw in Galaxina
. It had it's moments, but it clearly suffered from a badly written script.