Terminal Impact

  • 1994
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Martial Arts

Here's a scenario you don't bump into every day: geneticists implant insect DNA into human test subjects so that they can develop a cyborg with a cockroach-like resistance to atomic fallout! Unfortunately, this movie's weird but original sci-fi premise gets mired in genre stereotypes, flaccid direction, and plot reiteration. Bounty hunters Saint (Frank...read more

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Here's a scenario you don't bump into every day: geneticists implant insect DNA into human test subjects so that they can develop a cyborg with a cockroach-like resistance to atomic fallout! Unfortunately, this movie's weird but original sci-fi premise gets mired in genre stereotypes,

flaccid direction, and plot reiteration.

Bounty hunters Saint (Frank Zagarino) and Max (Bryan Genesse) tire of small gigs like tagging tax-evading crop dusters. When their skinflint boss, Harv (Ian Yule), offers them a big-bucks assignment at Delta Tech Labs, they ask no questions.

Altogether more inquisitive, TV reporter Evelyn Reid (Jennifer Miller) plans to produce an expose on Delta Tech chairman Sheen (Ian Roberts). Armed with info provided by laboratory snitch Derrick (Jurgen Hellberg), Evelyn garners evidence of Sheen's mad scheme involving insect-to-human DNA bending

and the construction of indestructible cyborgs equipped with this DNA. Sheen wants Saint and Max to locate the snooping newswoman and retrieve a voice-control module that activates the cyborgs. What Saint and Max don't realize is that unlucky Evelyn was surgically altered with the cyborg implant

before she fled Delta Tech.

While Sheen's prized cyborg, Adam (Justin Illusion), demonstrates his destructive capacity for Sheen's edification, whistleblower Derrick is killed on Sheen's orders. Suspicious of Sheen's motives, Saint and Max back out of their deal and aid Evelyn. After Sheen also eliminates Harv, Saint and Max

head to an auto junkyard to retrieve the coveted cyborg control device, which is hidden in Max's wrecked car. Although Saint and Max finally level the unstoppable Adam with an auto-flattener, they are also forced to execute Evelyn after Sheen activates her killer-android capacity. Dedicated to

finishing what Evelyn began, Max sprays a flammable substance all over Delta Tech from a crop duster's plane; Saint then ignites the premises. Sheen and his insane dreams of building a cyborg master race perish in the flames that incinerate the labs.

In a more deftly constructed screenplay, the science-fiction aspects of this wild scenario would bracket and sustain the film's showy action set-pieces, lending the de rigueur demolition and boxing bouts variety and substance. Instead, this sloppily written adventure treats the cyborg shtick like

an afterthought. Although the film has plenty of flash, it contains many sequences which are simply replays of earlier moments. If its clumsy exposition had been removed, the movie would probably run half an hour.

As for the cast, stars Zagarino and Genesse adopt a jokey tone throughout the proceedings. Is the director so insecure about how to present this fantastic material that he has to resort to half-hearted self-parody that clearly constricts his cast? The creative personnel seem to have no faith in

the preposterous--but viable--plot on which razzle-dazzle stuntwork and special effects are wasted. (Graphic violence, profanity, adult situations.)

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  • Released: 1994
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Here's a scenario you don't bump into every day: geneticists implant insect DNA into human test subjects so that they can develop a cyborg with a cockroach-like resistance to atomic fallout! Unfortunately, this movie's weird but original sci-fi premise get… (more)

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