SHADOW WARRIORS is a poor man's TERMINATOR. The premise sparks interest: high-tech bodyguards are created from human remains. But in spite of this offbeat starting-point and relatively high production values, the film tells its story with about as much passion and insight as a cheap
Dr. Connors (Terry O'Quinn), a greedy personal security expert, sells computerized bodyguards who are created from the corpses of humans. Although Security Council Head Barkeley (Timothy Patrick Cavanaugh) keeps a watchful eye on the clearly self-serving doctor, Connors is still able to build two
high-tech "technosapiens," called TS3 and TS4.
TS4, formerly known as Mikhail, was programmed by a computer savvy doctor named Natalie (Ashley Anne Graham) and resides in the Ukraine. Natalie discovers that TS3 is flawed by Dr. Connor's standards. He maintains traces of human memory, and has begun maniacally stalking and killing brawny human
men who appear to be good specimens for future models. Barkeley and Natalie fly to the Ukraine to reprogram him, and for help and protection bring along TS4, formerly known as John Taylor (Evan Lurie), a less savage Technosapien. Barkeley and Natalie soon realize that TS3 has been programmed to
kill...by Dr. Connors. TS4 tries desperately to stop TS3 from his killing spree.
Throughout his rampages, TS3 shows signs of human kindness. He is protective of old people and children, and keeps having flashbacks to a woman (whose face is unseen) and children playing on a beach. Barkeley starts to realize that Natalie's connection to TS3 is more than mechanical. She finally
confesses that she was married to TS3/Mikhail and brought him back in this form to save him. In TS3's final flashback we see that it was Natalie and their children on the beach.
A confused and still violent TS3 kidnaps Natalie. TS3 and TS4 have a knock-down-drag-out fight on a speedboat. The fight ends with TS4 allowing both of them to be blown up by a Security Bomber.
In the epilogue of SHADOW WARRIORS, we find Barkeley and Natalie back in the states programming a new Technosapien...Dr. Connors.
SHADOW WARRIORS has more potential than true substance. Dr. Connors isn't given much dimension, which is too bad, because O'Quinn makes an attempt to give a rousing and eccentric performance, just as he did in THE STEPFATHER (1987). TS3's flashback sequences are predictable but nonetheless
haunting, and probably the best part of the film. Director Lamar Card was clearly influenced by BLADE RUNNER (1983) and the TERMINATOR movies, but does an injustice to the grain of inspiration within the story, and makes a slick predictable action flick instead. (Violence.)
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- Released: 1996
- Rating: R
- Review: SHADOW WARRIORS is a poor man's TERMINATOR. The premise sparks interest: high-tech bodyguards are created from human remains. But in spite of this offbeat starting-point and relatively high production values, the film tells its story with about as much pas… (more)