"P.A.C.K." stands for "Prefabricated Animalistic Cybernetic Killer," a definition that displays more imagination than anything else in this movie.
A space capsule crashes near Mobile, Alabama, and the creature inside (Brian Donnellan) slaughters a group of bikers. Investigating the carnage are local sheriff Charlie Stone (Red West), a National Security Agency (NSA) team led by Bennett (Jim Petulla), and Hopper (Dave Scott) from the National
Association of Confirmed Sightings. Bennett's group sets up at an isolated house, where the P.A.C.K. attacks and kills them; the only survivor is Rachael (Sandahl Bergman). She encounters T-7043 (Ted Prior), an alien tracker sent to dispatch the P.A.C.K., which he explains is a cybernetic mutant
soldier that will kill anything it encounters for 30 days before cataclysmically self-destructing.
T-7043 fends off an attack by the P.A.C.K., which goes on to massacre Stone's deputies. It then confronts Stone and Hopper, who are saved by T-7043, who appears to destroy the creature and himself with an explosive. Both survive, however, and Rachael finally obliterates the P.A.C.K. with an NSA
weapon. T-7043 is injured in the blast, and Rachael calls his spaceship down with one of his devices, then joins him as he is teleported on board.
"It only knows how to kill," reads the video box copy, but mostly, this movie only knows how to kill time. After some rather confidently staged action in the opening scenes, THE P.A.C.K. settles into a rut of tired, standardized characterizations (the disbelieving sheriff, a coroner who snacks at
crime scenes); cost-cutting gambits like an NSA team that dresses in street clothes; jerky, digitized creature's-point-of-view shots; and effects that don't always match onlookers' descriptions of them, climaxing with a repetitive series of fistfights between T-7043 and the P.A.C.K. The stock
characters and dialogue leave plenty of time to consider questions like how an alien race came up with an English acronym to name its murderous creation, why the NSA vehicle's tires screech while driving on dirt, and what kind of life Rachael expects to have amongst a race that T-7043 has
described as completely spiritual beings. (Graphic violence, extreme profanity.)
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: NR
- Review: "P.A.C.K." stands for "Prefabricated Animalistic Cybernetic Killer," a definition that displays more imagination than anything else in this movie. A space capsule crashes near Mobile, Alabama, and the creature inside (Brian Donnellan) slaughters a group o… (more)