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Hurts So Good - DARK ANGEL

The Kidd here...

We've all heard that one man's trash is another's treasure, and, while we all continue to scour the earth searching for the gems of the cinematic world, there must be out there on the other end of the spectrum, picking through the garbage for some type of entertainment. Enter Jon Doe, who's all about the critically unacclaimed. To say that he embraces the films we might usually cast aside is a bit of an understatement, because, as the rest of us stay up late at night watching movies that might enhance our overall knowledge, he's doing the same, only he's ignoring the best of the best for the worst of the worst. 

He may watch a ton of crap, but, every once in awhile, he might find something "good." So, from here on out, it's all him, as his first entry into the world of painful movies takes him in the direction of the Dolph Lundgren's 1990 flick DARK ANGEL. 

“I come in peace”

I know that for many, this may sound like an obscure statement that the average person might attribute to some war-ridden third world country’s presidential candidate’s political campaign. I could also see how one might think it to be the utterings of a foreign extremist-like looking individual trying to cross onto American soil. Strangely, neither of these are the case.

For me, and what I assume to be a small percentage of the human population at large, “I come in peace” vivaciously resonates in the mind  with countless other popular 80s/90s cheesy kill phrases such as “Hasta la vista, baby”, “Yippee-Ki-Yay, motherfucker”, and “Get off my plane”.

Yes, “I come in peace” is a line from an old school action flick that literally knocked my pre-pubescent socks off.

DARK ANGEL.

I remember watching this film way before I know what masturbation was, a time when the big decisions in my life included choosing which shoes to wear to school and my major struggles were convincing my mom to let my best friend come over on Saturday. It was one of those films that went somewhat under the radar at the time, but for everyone who has had the chance to watch it, it stuck with you for years to come, like the repugnant smell of cigarettes on the breath.

If you’re looking for some cinematic masterpiece, complete with top notch acting, a superb script with lines delivered almost as excellently as they were written and a production value that rivals that of all those multi-million dollar award winning films, then you need not read further. This is not one of those films.

I could sit here and try to tell you what happens in the film, but sadly, the synopsis does the film no justice. Hell, I could tell you that DARK ANGEL is about a bad-ass cop named Jack Caine (Dolph Lundgren) who takes no shit in his quest to find the drug lords who murdered his partner in the opening moments of the film, but flicks like this have already been done. I could throw in the sci-fi twist that our main characters get involved with, telling you about the good alien (Jay Bilas)/bad alien (Matthias Hues) scuffle going on that complements the earthly conflicts at hand, as it involves the trade of otherworldly anesthetics, but you might think that to be stupid. Even speaking on the romantic aspects of the film might not sound enticing enough to get you lusting for this adventure, but know that the greatness of the film lies in the finer details.

Right off the bat, it’s got Dolph Lundgren, a man known for kicking ass both off- and on-screen for years. Hell, the guy was The Punisher and He-Man, not to mention, going toe-to-toe with Stallone in ROCKY IV as Ivan Drago. (How did no referee stop that fight?!) It’s almost like the man came out of the womb chewing his last stick of bubble gum. His performance here is no exception as he plays the cop who abides by no police handbook I’ve ever heard of, doing whatever it takes, whenever it takes it, to handle the situations of both terrestrial and extraterrestrial proportions. Oh, and gets to deliver one of the greatest (read: cheesiest of the cheesy) final kill lines ever. It’s simply spectacular.

As if his performance wasn’t enough, DARK ANGEL features one of the most amazing enemy weapon arsenals I’ve ever seen. Walking around with his pupil-less eyes, declaring the aforementioned maxim “I come in peace” at every somewhat free opportunity that he can, our bad alien, Tarec, kills his enemies with a high-speed, super sharp compact disc that slices the throats of his targets. Furthermore, he totally goes Scorpion (from Mortal Kombat) on his victims by extracting his desired substance (the contraband for which he comes to earth in the first place), human endorphins, via a harpoon like spear that he shoots into their heads. Then he’s got all kinds of alien guns that blow shit the fuck up. I get excited thinking about it, because it is understatedly awesome to watch him do what he does so well against his obviously unprepared extraterrestrial assailant, Azeck and the relatively infantile earthly police force trying to stop him.

Combining these elements, the film displays some of the pretty cool fight sequences smothered in cheese, not only of its time, but  beyond as well. It’s chock full of that stupidity that made these older films what they are and such an enjoyment to watch.

Is it ridiculous?

Yes.

But therein lies the beauty of it. It so excellently parodies reality and gives you the vacation from the mundane that started fantastical television and film to begin with.  Sometimes an attempt to remain true to life is necessary, but there are those occasions when an excellently executed escape from realism, such as this film, is welcome. Luckily this is one of the movies that manage to succeed in delivering just that.

DARK ANGEL is the type of film that drives people like me. It was definitely a childhood treasure and revisiting it has definitely proven to be a nostalgic joy. It’s the search for the high that films like this spawned in me that fueled some of my all-nighters watching the obscure gems that I discovered at the East Village’s late, great, super-extensive rental warehouse, Mondo Kim’s video. Knowing that while the rest of the world is out there watching what the mass media tells them to, I can revel in the lesser-known masterpieces such as this one and, as your guide to some the unknown magnum opuses, I definitely suggest you give this one a go. It’s literally and figuratively out of this world.

Deuces.

-Jon Doe
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  • March 13, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    First

    by The_Maltese_Vulcan

  • March 13, 2012, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Firsters Suck

    by The_Maltese_Vulcan

  • March 13, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Uummm...i do believe this movie was originally released as..

    by AnakinsDiapers

    ..I come in peace.<p> I remember this movie. Wasn't that bad. Totally B- movie.

  • March 13, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    I come in Peace

    by schadenfreudian

    But you leave in pieces! BAM!

  • March 13, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    I remember this flick

    by LoLWut

    I would always walk past this in the VHS rental store as a youngster and finally one day decided to rent this gem.Never again will I fall for cool box art

  • March 13, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Um

    by Ryan Wilson

    I'm pretty sure this was called I Come in Peace.

  • March 13, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Um, we call that movie I Come in Peace here in the US.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Must be a silly foreigner.

  • March 13, 2012, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Needs a DVD/Blu Ray release in States

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    Although months back they played it on Cinemax HD and recorded it, only to have my box go snafu, thereby losing it. Dolph was the man in late 80's early 90's (and still is). Funny how they tried to "normalize" him in some movies, like having him dye is hair, tone down the physique, in effect playing the "everyman". He woulda been a killer Colossus or Thor...

  • Wow...it's even annoying typing that. Anyway, I remember seeing the trailer to this. Never saw the movie. May give it a spin on dvd.

  • March 13, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST

    It was listed as 'I come in peace' on TV when I was a Kid.

    by Fritzlorrerains

    I loved it!

  • March 13, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST

    This was "I Come In Peace" in the USA

    by thelordofhell

    Dark Angel everywhere else

  • March 13, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST

    cardboard cut-out = standee of the alien

    by Blue_Demon

    We finally set it on fire with matches and spray cans. Redneck flamethrowers.

  • March 13, 2012, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Fun, cool movie

    by nyj_et

    Brian Benben from "Dream On" was Dolph's G-Man partner, and there was even a cool subplot involving white-collar criminals getting involved in cocaine trade, and their mob was run by the guy that played Forrest Gump's grade-school principal and Mr. Gorpley on "Perfect Strangers". "You can't fuck with me and my Whiteboys!"

  • March 13, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST

    I come in peace...

    by Capt. StrideR

    And you go in pieces... asshole.

  • To this day I still say that when I hear I Come in Peace anywhere.

  • March 13, 2012, 6:01 p.m. CST

    I Come in Peace was one of the first VHS movies I bought

    by Acappellaman

    I watched it a number of times. Not bad at all. A very '80s action movie, complete with oblivious police force and annoying FBI stooge.

  • March 13, 2012, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Miss WTF Hollywood yet?

    by adeceasedfan

    I do.

  • March 13, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    nyj_et -totally!

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    Look how prescient and subversive the political satire was! The Whiteboys did have a killer car collection outside the corporate building, though. Think the Occupy people play scenes from this movie to rally the troops.

  • March 13, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Right up there

    by Katet19

    with Split Second starring Rutger Hauer

  • March 13, 2012, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Cool flick.

    by KilliK

    Compared to Dolph's nowadays DTV crap,this movie is a masterpiece.

  • March 13, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Jon Doe, as far as first appearances go...

    by Doug Phillips

    Yours was a complete failure. YOU GOT THE NAME OF THE MOVIE WRONG! What are you, a Canadian?

  • March 13, 2012, 6:11 p.m. CST

    All that and not a pic or clip from the movie?

    by F This

    Weak sauce.

  • March 13, 2012, 6:14 p.m. CST

    It's like setting your radio dial to K-I-L-L.

    by BlackBanana

    Did Pyun do this? Nah.

  • March 13, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    love this flick. jonah hills character watches it in the sitter

    by Waka_Flocka

  • March 13, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Huh?

    by P

  • It was I COME IN PEACE, and it was a damn good film.

  • March 13, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Here's the trailer

    by Jaster Mareel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8F92p1ept0 I actually had the cardboard standee for this movie from my local video station in my living room.

  • March 13, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Really, Kidd.

    by adeceasedfan

    Not that I Come In Peace doesn't deserve an article, good or bad. However, the way you hyped the article led me to think Jon Doe was actually going to unleash some real trash cinema. Not a mediocre action movie that many (some) people saw in the theater. Dig deeper, boys.

  • March 13, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Slow fucking news day I guess. Jeez.

    by TheGangBangTheory

  • March 13, 2012, 6:28 p.m. CST

    This was "I Come In Peace" in North America

    by PorkChopXpress

    European reviewers are not to be trusted.

  • March 13, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Eight fucking days!!!???

    by JediRob

    Love this movie.

  • March 13, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Dark Angel is a stupid name for it...

    by PorkChopXpress

    ...nothing to do with a Dark Angel in the entire movie, it makes no sense. Fuck you, spaceman!

  • March 13, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Featuring Michael J Pollard as Boner

    by ImMorganFreeman

    This movie is all kinds of amazing. I saw it when it first came out in the theaters (as I Come In Peace) because my dad was awesome like that. A few years ago at the New Beverly, they had a Dolph Lundgren Festival, and this was the last flick shown. The print said the movie's title was Dark Angel. It goes by both. Whatever you call it, though, it's simply awesome. Yuppie criminals, Brian Benben, Dolph kickin ass, and of course, Boner. This needs a Blu Ray stat!

  • March 13, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST

    my god...read before posting people!

    by Bouncy X

    can't believe how many "the title wasnt dark angel" posts there are. sheeesh. lol anyway this is definitely a fun and cheesy movie, i'd totally buy it if it came on blu. and as someone else said, its impossible to hear "i come in peace" anywhere without thinking of the reply. lol

  • March 13, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Slow news day fellas?

    by Logan_1973

    I can't imagine very many geeks have been chomping at the bit for a movie review 20 years overdue.

  • March 13, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    So, he's the overeducated version of Vern?

    by PotSmokinAlien

    I'm curious, John Doe: How many police handbooks *have* you heard of?

  • March 13, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    I Come In Peace is a B Movie Classic! Love it!

    by GravyAkira

    One of the treasures of my youth movie watching! Great flick

  • March 13, 2012, 7:02 p.m. CST

    *all kinds of alien guns that blow shit the fuck up.*

    by F This

    Did Michael Bay consult on this movie? Hey AICN, why don't you fix the fucking talkbacks so people can use QUOTES? TYVFM.

  • March 13, 2012, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Dark Angel / I Come In Peace

    by Marcus Thomas

    I'm fully aware of the title of the US release. I just figured we'd all be a little more adult-like than to rant and rave about me calling it by the title the creators originally intended for it to be, a name which coincides with the title the rest of the world knows it by (which is quite larger than the US alone) and the title by which the scheduled re-release will carry. If that is an epic fail/stupid name, then take it up with them.

  • March 13, 2012, 7:06 p.m. CST

    jondoe - Don't mind the fucking morons that can't read ...

    by F This

  • March 13, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    A staple of WPIX saturday/sunday afternoons....

    by john

    "I come in peace"...."you go in pieces!" Good shit.

  • March 13, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST

    No mention of Brian Benben?

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • March 13, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Geebus Christ.. get rid of these shit-tasticly useless posts...

    by LargoJr

    ...way before I know what masturbation was...

  • March 13, 2012, 7:20 p.m. CST

    In the US this was called

    by gotilk

    READ THE FUCKING TALKBACK A LITTLE BEFORE POSTING, ASSHOLE. But my memory could be failing me. Nah, I'm sure that's what it was called.

  • March 13, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Nah, I'm as guilty of this as anyone else here, really.

    by gotilk

    Assholes.

  • March 13, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Oh SNAP Jon Doe just owned you bitches

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    Why talkbackers assholes about EVERYTHING

  • March 13, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    cletus van damme

    by BookhouseBoy

    I was just about to!!! Dream On was an awesome show, as was the theme tune ;)

  • i bought it a couple of years later an it was still called ICIP. This and The Hidden are an ideal double feature. Brian Benben..different times..

  • March 13, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    W.T.F. Hollywood...?

    by Neil

    What happened to that other column which was just like this but better? Seriously, I want to know.

  • March 13, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST

    How did you not mention Brian Benben

    by Tim Tringle

    He's hysterical in this film. Back when he was on a very successful HBO series Dream On. This was supposed to be his big entry into movies. Unfortunately nobody was cool enough to get this movie who was under 21 so he has toiled in obscurity since then. But he is pretty damned funny as the straight laced partner Dolph Lundgren get's stuck with. It's even funnier once he get's his hands on the aliens gun. Must See. Now I need to find this on DVD or even better Blu-Ray. Probably not gonna happen on Blu-Ray though.

  • March 13, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Didn't this movie have a different title?

    by slone13

  • March 13, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Something about peace or some such thing?

    by slone13

  • March 13, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST

    The Dream on guy and Steve Carrell

    by TheGangBangTheory

    Same guy. You never see them in the same room together, do yo?

  • March 13, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST

    I remeber seeing this at the LA scifi/comic con in the Shrine Hall..

    by Bartleby T. Scrivener

    Those were the days of great cons. They screened this, and Dolph's Punisher as well. Hell, they screened the anime Fist of the Northstar. Good stuff.

  • just sayin'.

  • March 13, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    I Come In Peace...

    by TheDesolateOne

    <p>... makes more sense as a title than Dark Angel. The phrase "I come in peace" is spoken by the alien killer several times in the film.<p> <p>Nobody ever references anything to do with a Dark Angel.<p>

  • March 13, 2012, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Proper Denomination

    by Marcus Thomas

    Are we still discussing the title of the film? Do a bit of research. Here, i'll even give you a head start. Here's the link to the IMDB site that lists the film by it's original name, much like I have done... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099817/releaseinfo#akas You gonna blast IMDB, too? C'mon... Don't let these other guys with the "I can't believe you didn't mention Brian Benben" comments out-troll you. Currently, they've got you by the balls as they're at least presenting a valid argument.

  • March 13, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST

    The fact is that...

    by TheDesolateOne

    <p>... IMDB is a joke.<p> <p>They make shit up all the time. <p> <p> I know what it was called overseas. That is not the issue.<p> <p>I'm simply syaying that the US title is superior.<p> <p>That's the reality.<p>

  • March 13, 2012, 10:31 p.m. CST

    This set my house alarm off

    by 9000rpm

    I saw this when it was first released on video in the early 90s. During a scene with an extended explosion the soundtrack was so loud and life-like that I triggered the glass break detectors in my home alarm system. None of us realized the siren had gone off, either, for a minute or so. It just seemed like part of the film. An amusing but not very good-looking film.

  • March 13, 2012, 10:41 p.m. CST

    @ thedesolateone

    by Marcus Thomas

    duly noted...

  • March 13, 2012, 10:59 p.m. CST

    icanthavethat

    by Yer_Maw

    It was definitely called Dark Angel in Scotland/ UK on its release and for years after. I had it ex-rental/big box under that title and have seen copies of the sell-through version many times since in charity shops etc.

  • March 13, 2012, 10:59 p.m. CST

    @jondoe

    by TheDesolateOne

    Cool.

  • March 13, 2012, 11 p.m. CST

    I've resisted watching ICIP for 20 years...

    by boliver

    ... but after reading this article I think I'll go slumming and see it. I like early 90's mindless violent cheese like Predator 2 and Marked For Death (both with uzi-toting Rastafarian gangs as villains - coincidence?) Anyway, this movie looks pretty similar to those. Here's hoping!

  • March 14, 2012, 12:05 a.m. CST

    i had a great time with this flick when i was 12 years old..

    by electronegativity

    i'm curious to see how well it sits after all these years. lots of great explosions and action as memory serves. i also remember Brian Benben from the 'Dream On' HBO series. seriously, it was a blast for it's time.

  • March 14, 2012, 1:35 a.m. CST

    This movie is thoroughly mediocre in that late 80s early 90s way

    by Autodidact

    It'd make a good double-bill with STRIKING DISTANCE or PASSENGER 57.

  • March 14, 2012, 2:17 a.m. CST

    At first I skimmed the article, saw the title Dark Angel

    by lv_426

    near the phrase *knocked my pre-pubescent socks off* and then saw the word masturbation nearby... and immediately figured that this was going to be about the TV show Dark Angel starring Jessica Alba.

  • March 14, 2012, 2:26 a.m. CST

    I loved the alien gun that shot razor sharp CD's

    by lv_426

    Dolph Lundgren should have gotten some bigger and better roles. They should have made him the star of a Predator 3 circa 1992. Or he could have been a new model of terminator to rival Arnold's T800 in a third Terminator film set during 2029 and telling the story of the fall of Skynet, made circa 1995. Arnold as the lone protector of John Connor, who would be played by Peter Weller. Michael Biehn would return to play Kyle Reese, with Dolph Lundgren as the next gen T900 terminator model that is meant to replace the defective T800 line (defective because of the human resistance being able to disable, capture, and reprogram them).

  • bahahaha

  • March 14, 2012, 2:57 a.m. CST

    The Song

    by JohnIan

    This movie popped in my head in early December of last year. A song in particular, the tune playing when the female mechanic is assaulted. The song, I found out was =Maggie= by XYZ. Better yet was discovering that Amazon has the song for sale for less then a buck, 267 VBR MP3. Haven't heard that tune in over fifteen years. Anyhow, I still have my laser disc; http://tinyurl.com/8xyad4e. The movie is on disc, but it's a DVD-R an official MOD release.

  • March 14, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    It is on DVD

    by Vern

    It's a manufacture-on-demand disc from the MGM Limited series, same as ROLLING THUNDER. You gotta look under the title DARK ANGEL though (which was actually the title on the opening credits of the US vhs version even though the box had the much better title we all know and love it as). I like this movie, but it's only director Craig Baxley's third best. #2 is ACTION JACKSON and #1 is obviously STONE COLD.

  • March 14, 2012, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Doe dug this one up?

    by mossad77

    Did he just see it for the 1st time? How old is this kid? I saw it hundreds of times back in the 90's... (yes back then I loved it) Haven't watched it in a long time, so I don't know how well it's aged.

  • March 14, 2012, 4:46 a.m. CST

    It's worh watching just to see Dolph Lundgren weep...

    by BookhouseBoy

    ...over his dead partner

  • Maybe you did not know about masturbation until you were 42 years old. And why would anybody give a damn about your opinion then?! A review starting with a line like this is DOA! Grow up and maybe somebody besides cellar bred mouthbreathers will actually read your stuff.

  • March 14, 2012, 5 a.m. CST

    Split second all the way!

    by MightyOs

    Much much better film from the same era. I think. Rutger vs an alien/devil in a future flooded London.

  • March 14, 2012, 5:19 a.m. CST

    We're the good guys, Jack.

    by TheDesolateOne

    <p>"Somwhere along the line you just forgot that." - Smith<p> <p> The first thing he'll tell you is that you need to crack some eggs if you want to make an omelet." - Jack<p>

  • March 14, 2012, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Damn

    by TheDesolateOne

    <p>this no edit function. Ridiculous!<p> <p>"We;re the good guys, Jack. Somewhere along the line you just forgot that." - Smith<p> <p>"The first thing he'll tell you is that you need to crack some eggs if you want to make an omelet." - Jack <p>

  • March 14, 2012, 6:44 a.m. CST

    One of Dolph's Best

    by SonOfChiba

    Great, great film. It was canny casting, getting Matthias Hues to be the alien - he really is a spooky looking dude. He's the kung fu Barry Manilow, for sure.

  • March 14, 2012, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Yep what Ttringle said in regards to Brian Benben

    by MRJONZ72

    I was wondering the exact same thing!

  • March 14, 2012, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Where have all the cool, low-budget genre films gone?

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Dark Angel, Alien Nation, The Hidden... those were the days my friends. Now it's all just neutered corporate crap.

  • March 14, 2012, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Brian Benben is married to Madeleine Stowe

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Bastard.

  • March 14, 2012, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Watched this in the cinema as Dark Angel

    by Tell_Your_Mom_I_Said_Hi

    Pretty sure the movie was called I Come In Peace in America though. I came to America in High School, at the height of Dolph Lundgren's popularity in the Philippines (yeah, he was as big as Arnold, Sly, Willis, etc. out there--not an exaggeration btw). I had just seen Dark Angel prior to coming here, and was still going bug fucking nuts over how awesome it was (that fucking CD suspended in magnet was amazing! Don't even get me started on that fucking harpoon!). Regardless, nobody knew what the fuck I was talking about when I tell them about Dark Angel (still not too many know about it these days), so it's cool to see it get some props on AICN. Now, if only I can find some people to talk to about the awesomeness that is Captain Power and Soldiers of the Future...

  • March 14, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the great flashback AICN!!!

    by Jeff

    I remember getting drunk and smoking cigarettes and enjoying a tradition of renting bad movies on purpose just to make fun of them. Kinda like Mystery science theater. Great times with bad movies!!!

  • March 14, 2012, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Damn, I just now read this as I thought it was about the Jessica Alba series.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    It's called I Come in Peace. Yeah, this is an international site, but it's based in Texas, most geeks here are Yanks so it's I Come in Peace. The short version is I love Dolph, but this movie was awful.

  • March 14, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    kwisatzhaderach, I'll absolutely give you Alien Nation and The Hidden.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Nation was one of the most original alien movies ever. They're here, they're neither friends nor enemies. They're just average joes like you and me. There are executives, and there are bums.

  • March 14, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Always loved that high powered automatic alien handgun...

    by Darth Macchio

    ..that thing simply wreaked massive havoc and I loved it. Like the original lightsabers - yet another movie "weapon" that my young self simply had to have... Granted - if that had come true and I woke up one morning to find a lightsaber and 'Dark Angel/ICIP' alien weapon sitting on my desk - I would have probably blown up my parent's house but it would have been fun either way. The disc was kewl too (got stuck on the woofer magnet!) but pulling the trigger of a rapid fire automatic weapon whose shells are grenade-like explosives, makes you mayhem incarnate.

  • It could be an adaptation of that Dolph Lundgren movie idea from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, in the episode where the gang comes up with a movie pitch about Dolph Lundgren playing a dude who can smell crime. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV-RBeDt2B0 Directed by M. Night Shyamalan of course.

  • March 14, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST

    I COME IN PEACE kicked ass! major ass!

    by Ricky Cooper

  • March 14, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    One of my 80's faves

    by griffin

    Yeah, loved this back in the day. The sound on that gun is immense!

  • March 14, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Finally - some love for this fun flick!

    by Mr_Strickland

    I too am from the UK and this was the first movie I saw with my very new girlfriend at the time, now my wife. I picked it up on (very bare bones) DVD a few years ago and I was surprised how well it holds up. Also features some very cool 80s music by Jan Hammer, IIRC. I think the movie is really well put together with characters that aren't your usual run-of-the-mill action movie stereotypes. I particularly like the way that more is revealed with each of Talec's attacks, each time showing in greater detail exactly what he does to his victims. Cain's girlfriend is ballsy without being annoying. Bruce the scientist provides comic relief without being tiresome (and actually plays a valid function to the plot) and Lundgren and Benben's odd couple routine doesn't grate. Plus it's always nice to Sam Anderson in anything. I'd buy this on blu-ray!

  • March 14, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    "I Come in Peace" and "The Hidden"...

    by BarCrow

    were two of my favorite "surprise" movie experiences....I thought..utter crap but ended up really enjoying them..I felt the same about "Roadhouse" oddly enough.

  • March 14, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Bought this recently on DVD.

    by IronEagle74

    It was one of my favorites from the 80's that didn't star one of the typical action stars like Stallone and Schwarzenegger. Ans while I know that Dolph Lundgren will never be known for his acting skills, this is probably his best and most natural performance on screen. You'll enjoy him in this.

  • ..That is all..

  • March 14, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Yeah, the mechanic chick was hot

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    They should have extended that scene.

  • March 17, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Only one person mentions...

    by Chad

    ..."And you go in pieces". High five to kat19! (Actually, that line was the ONLY think I remembered about that movie, lol.)