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The Pandora Project

Filmmaker Jim Wynorski (here in tandem with John Terlesky) cranks out films with alarming regularity, usually three to four a year. Though he's made a few memorable pictures, his latest, "The Pandora Project," is typical of his no-frills, no-fuss, low-budget oeuvre. This enjoyable, brisk actioner centered on a devilish neutron bomb is latenight-cable-ready and off to the video shelf after a quick pay rotation.

Filmmaker Jim Wynorski (here in tandem with John Terlesky) cranks out films with alarming regularity, usually three to four a year. Though he’s made a few memorable pictures, his latest, “The Pandora Project,” is typical of his no-frills, no-fuss, low-budget oeuvre. This enjoyable, brisk actioner centered on a devilish neutron bomb is latenight-cable-ready and off to the video shelf after a quick pay rotation.

Agent John Lacy (Daniel Baldwin) gets called in when black ops headed by his former associate Bill Stenwick (Richard Tyson) steal a device that kills people but leaves buildings and crops untouched. It’s particularly nettlesome because it’s compact and its range can be wide or contained in a city block.

The chief novelty in Terlesky’s script is that Lacy is about to be married to news anchor Wendy Lane (Erika Eleniak), and that gives him just a few days to wrap things up and get to the altar. Also pleasantly amusing are the cat-and-mouse games between the former buddies, providing an amusing edge to routine pyrotechnics and bargain-basement action setups.

The trio of leads have a light touch, with Tyson especially good as the former agent who’s now selling to high-bidding Colombian drug dealers. Pic has a facile, fast-paced style that suits the material. “The Pandora Project” is definitely of the fun-and-forgettable school.

The Pandora Project

(ACTION THRILLER)

  • Production: A CineTel production. Produced by John Terlesky. Directed by Jim Wynorski, John Terlesky. Screenplay and story, Terlesky.
  • Crew: Camera (Foto-Kem color), Andrew V. Rossotto; editor, Daniel Duncan; music, Deddy Tzur; production designer, Gilbert Alan; art director, Glen Anastaiou; sound (Ultra-Stereo), Glen Gaines; assistant director, S. Russel; casting, Phaedra Hass. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 16, 1998. Running time: 89 MIN.
  • With: John Lacy ..... Daniel Baldwin Wendy Lane ..... Erika Eleniak Bill Stenwick ..... Richard Tyson Gary Houtman ..... Tony Todd Tim Lacy ..... Jeff Yagher Manson ..... Bo Jackson Enrique ..... Robert Hegyes
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