Reviewed at Dances With Films Festival of the Unknowns (noncompeting), Santa Monica, July 29, 1999. Running time: 84 MIN.
With: Christopher Templeton, Rus Blackwell, Steve DuMouchel, Mike Kalvoda, John Peros, Kevin Weiler, Isaac C. Singleton Jr.
Slipped into art-oriented Dances With Films fest is Jenni Gold’s unadulterated B actioner, “Ready Willing & Able,” so straight-ahead in attitude and tone that it hurtles right by the inherent campiness that could have been mined in this ultra-lowbrow spy vs. spy scenario. Twist is ex-CIA heroine Samantha Martin (Christopher Templeton) is restricted to a wheelchair, but can do so many stunts and hatch so many plots that wheelchair-access ticketbuyers will have lots to cheer about. While overall qualities in $ 103,000-budgeted pic are below those of cablers (let alone theatrical), “Ready” might be ready for a latenight Lifetime slot.
Disabled in botched CIA skirmish, Samantha has been put out to pasture but is itching to prove herself in private-sector security ops. She stumbles onto a nasty security firm’s ridiculously plotted and dramatized scheme to steal chemical weapons, and assembles a motley squad to bring it down. Some stunts and physical action show Gold can get some bang for her buck, but tech work is at mundane level; only stunner is that pic is unaware of its own B-movie trashiness.