With the recent re-interest in the B-movie action stars of the 80’s, a "classic" Dolph Lundgren action/sci-fi flick has been released by Shout Factory. "Dark Angel" is the epitome of bad movie night...this doesn’t stop it from a being highly enjoyable piece of fluff.
The nonsensical plot involves a space alien brought to earth to kills humans in order to manufacture drugs. Detective Jack Caine (Lundgren) is called on the case after bodies start to pile up. Brian Benben (HBO’s "Dream On") plays his FBI partner.
Lundgren, with his chiseled face, carries the film with his deadpan delivery and ape-like arms, pulverizing characters left and right. He and Benben make the perfect buddy-cop duo.
"Dark Angel" is also known as "I Come in Peace," a line that is muttered from the alien’s lips a bazillion times.
Typical 80’s action movie dialogue and one-liners fill "Dark Angel" and make the tone of the film silly:
Betsy: "Who is that guy?"
Jack Caine: "Some asshole from outer space."
Shout Factory delivers once again in the Blu-ray special features department. Both Lundgren and Benben are interviewed separately and reminisce about the making of "Dark Angel." Benben had to wear 4-inch lifts just the fill the movie frame with Dolph! Director Craig Baxley is interviewed as well, revealing that the film was supposed to be a $25 million picture originally.
The trailer for "Dark Angel" appears, too... it’s hilarious that not only is the entire plot given away in the 4-minute trailer, but the ending is shown. Watch the trailer if you want to save yourself 91 minutes.