What we have here is a godawful movie that, despite its general badness, nevertheless casts a spell of sorts.
Although made with care and competence and featuring a strong underlying premise, the film as a whole is forgettable.
Revisits familiar themes and ideas from other, earlier films that were presented to far better effect the first time around.
The relatively straightforward bio-pic trajectory feels more like a Victorian/Edwardian era soap opera than the chronicle of a scientific pioneer.
Is too long by at least a half-hour for the surprisingly slight tale it has to tell.
Spy action-thrillers are supposed to be fun on some level but this one is too much of a chore to properly entertain.
U.S. Release Date: 1987-11-13
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Science Fiction/Action
Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Erland Van Lidth, Gus Rethwisch, Professor Toru Tanaka, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura, Marvin J. McIntrye, Yaphet Kotto, Maria Conchita Alonso, Richard Dawson, Mick Fleetwood
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