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Last Lives Reviews

Another blow against the integrity of serious sci-fi is struck by this immobilized scenario about unwanted visitors from a parallel dimension. Repeating dream sequences when all else fails, LAST LIVES is mired in expository sloth and directorial impersonality. The film premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel and was subsequently released on home video in 1998. On the eve of her wedding to Aaron (C. Thomas Howell), Adrienne (Jennifer Rubin) is troubled by nightmarish visions of an oddly attired suitor (Billy Wirth). Invading Adrienne's thoughts telepathically, Malakai is actually a lovestruck jailbird from an alternate universe; Adrienne is the equivalent of the wife he lost in his world. Political prisoner Malakai submits to painful dimension-travel experiments conducted by jailer Merkhan (Judge Reinhold). Obsessed with Adrienne, Malakai seizes control of Merkhan's transport apparatus and journeys to our world with two fellow inmates, who interrupt Adrienne's wedding by murdering the best man, gassing the attendees, knocking out the groom, and kidnapping Adrienne. Tracking the convicts, Merkhan arrives and enlists Aaron in his quest. He gives him life-bands, energy-restoring devices that will counteract lethal attacks by Malakai's thugs. Using the life-bands, Aaron revives himself at a gas station massacre (where Merkhan perishes) and a deadly police roadblock, before trailing his errant bride to an abandoned resort. There, Aaron allows himself to be electrocuted and blown up, in order to eliminate Malakai's enforcers. Reanimating himself with the life-bands, Aaron battles Malakai as the confused police follow the trail of carnage to the resort. The police gun down all three, and Aaron uses the last life-bands to resurrects Adrienne and himself. The idiocy flies fast and furious in this two-different-worlds odyssey, a time-travel flick in mufti. As telepathic insurgent Malakai transplants himself sideways into our world, LAST LIVES fails to entertain as a thought-provoking sci-fi puzzler, a forbidden romance, or a cheating death thriller. Recommended only for inveterate action junkies, this badly acted miasma represents missed opportunities for all its creative personnel. (Graphic violence, nudity, adult situations, sexual situations.)