Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Enemy (2001)

Director: Tom Kinninmont

Writers: Desmond Bagley, John Penney

Composer: Gast Waltzing

Starring: Luke Perry, Olivia d'Abo, Roger Moore, Horst Buchholz, Tom Conti, Hendrick Haese, Louisa Milwood-Haigh, James Carroll Jordan, Bruce MacEwen, Guido Molinaro

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  A family secret. A government cover-up.

Plot: A CIA agent and a geneticist battle to keep a deadly biological weapon from falling into the wrong hands when the weapon's inventor is kidnapped.

My rating: 3/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I was in the mood for some Roger Moore.  Netflix is piss poor in carrying his films but this is one of the two or so non-Bond pictures on Netflix Moore made and it's just awful.  He's good but the rest of the cast has moments of over-acting or just plain bad performances.  The thing is they're all capable of doing better but here it's as if they were told to cartoon it up for the folks who don't know what the word 'subtle' means.  I can't blame them too much as the dialogue and situations are often silly and hokey.  It's amateurish all the way around from in front of the camera to behind it and beyond to the point that some of it will make you laugh unintentionally.  There's nothing thrilling or interesting about it and everything smacks of 'we've got $100 k to make a picture with and if we don't spend it within 30 days we'll lose it'.  Put this in the category of things that shouldn't exist.  Don't waste your time.  I only finished it because I always hope that something will ultimately redeem it and because it's got Roger Moore.

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