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.