Eve of Destruction
Reviewed by Nathan Johnston
Rating: 3.5 Beans
horny psychopathic robot running around with an Uzi 9mm, oooh I had a shiver of , hell I don't know what it was.
Here we have Gregory Hines (Saigon) as reliable as ever (ie. not very) running around after the above mentioned horny psychopathic robot before she either screws or kills everybody within sight. I'm telling you this robot has issues and brings a whole new meaning to the term 'road rage'. This is one lasdy that you do not, I repeat do not want to cut off, let alone honk your horn at when your driving. She'll go absolutely nuclear (watch the movie to understand that pun).
Weeelll, here is this brilliant scientist called Eve Simmons (Renee Soutendijk) okay, who creates a robot in her own likeness, not many reigous connotations there huh? Anyway, this likeness is so complete that the robot, called Eve VIII (kudos to the writer who came up with that original name) has been implanted with her creators emotions and memories. When Eve VIII goes haywire after being shot in a botched robbery, she beings to act out her creator thoughts and impulses - including sex fantasies. This is one kinky robot people, that goes into a roadside diner and role plays as a whore. Who would have thought that a robot could be so morally corrupt. Enter Jim McQuade (Hines), a Black Ops soldier who take up the trails of our sex-crazed robot, with the help of the sexually repressed Eve Simmons. They chase the robot all over some nameless American countryside as the robot acts scientist Eve's deepest desires.
Meanwhile, little does McQuade know that Eve - apart from being made as a counter espionage operative - is also a first strike weapon armed with nuclear capabilities. Capablities that would give her a bigger bang than her earlier role playing exercise could possibly provide. Of course McQuade doesn't find out about this unitl its too late and Eve VIII's nuclear time bomb starts ticking (I've heard of the body's biological clock but geez). So the result is that we have Eve VIII trapsing throughout the countryside reliving and acting out her creator memories when she goes nuclear. Realising that it wouldn't be a good movie if she exploded in such a sparsely populated area, Eve VIII hightails it to New York where her 'kid and 'ex-husband' conviently live. From there it becomes a race to stop Eve VII from blowing up.
The scene was actually set for a half decent movie if it hadn't been for Gregory Hines. He is definately no the first choice that I would have made for a hard-assed army man. With a dopey looking face such as his, he has no hope in making the audience think that he's one mean dude. In a vain effort to convey his toughness though, much of his dialogue contains the work 'f***'. I actually found myself cringing at the movie anytime that Hines was in a scene, because he would almost always use his favorite expletive to try and be a tough guy. In short I'd be more scared of the cholesterol level of a lump of lard than I would be of Hines and his character.
On a final note, this movie does help to explain how various goverment departments work together to create their stories of plausable deniability. In a amusing scene, a government offical is seen talking to an unknown person from the CIA. They are discussing who to blame if Eve VII does happen to explode in the middle of New York. It appears that such decsions are made using the government 'sh*t list'. An amusing concept, probably more close to the mark than most would care to think.
No government on Earth is that competent though.
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