The Cold War goes on in Charles Martin Smith's made-for-TV tale of cops and communists, based on the novel by Frederick Forsythe.
In 1987, ace spy Jason Monk (Patrick Swayze) fled Russia after failing to rescue a comrade from KGB Minister Igor Komarov (Patrick Bergin). In 2005, tycoon Komarov, who muscled his way into a fortune, is a presidential candidate on the verge of beating old guard candidate General Nikolayev (Joss Ackland). Terrorists set off explosives at Komarov’s pharmaceutical firm and steal a biological-weapon, throwing the campaign into disarray. Though Monk is reluctant to re-enter the spy game, he has two pressing reasons to emerge from retirement: He'd like a reunion with the Russian-born daughter he abandoned when the CIA recalled him, and MI-5's Sir Nigel Irvine (Michael York) believes Monk is uniquely qualified to ferret out the truth of whether Komarov’s policies are compatible with England’s interests. As Moscow police detective Sonia Astrova (Annika Peterson) and her forensics team explore the bombed facility, she finds herself restrained by higher-ranking government agent Anatoly Grishin (Ben Cross). After Monk slips back into Mother Russia, he and Sonia discover mutual grounds for conducting their own covert investigation. Then a Chechnyan village suffers an outbreak caused by the laboratory virus. Hoping to accrue additional political capital, Komarov dispatches his scientists to cure the victims. Grishin, meanwhile, hires an assassin to kill Monk, who redoubles his efforts to find evidence that Komarov was complicit in the theft of his own Ebola-like virus. The revelation that Grishin and Komarov are old military buddies casts the conspiracy in a new light, and Monk and Sonia must do their best to sweep Komarov out of power.
The success of the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE makes it clear that there's still a thriving market for tales of impossibly convoluted undecipherable international intrigue. Given that Swayze isn’t Tom Cruise and that screenwriters Adam Armus and Kay Foster butcher the best-selling source material, the proceedings are best enjoyed by undemanding arm-chair agents.
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