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Tick, tick, tick... boom.

With only two days to go before the world's first nanotechnology cancer cure goes public, bio-engineer Buck Corgan (Henry Thomas) discovers a fatal flaw in the formula. When Buck protests to his boss (Brion James), he is told that too much is at stake and the launch of human tests races ahead.

But when Buck is implanted with a lethal biological device, and his fiancée Angeline (Mädchen Amick) is kidnapped and threatened, he realises that the stakes are higher than even he knows. And he has just 48 hours to stop not only the medical tests, but whatever it is that is growing inside him.

Also starring Frank Whaley as Malcolm. Written and directed by Paul Wynne.

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Theatrical report


Actually, that's just another one of those incredibly funny and derogatory puns on the title of a film that I is wont to whack in at the beginning of a review. It's also not entirely accurate because Bombshell is a B-movie, not a C-movie.

What's the difference? Well, an A-movie is the sort of film that everyone goes to see. It makes zillions of dollars and everyone who's in it gets cast in other films because of it. A C-movie is the sort of film that went straight to video. A Z-movie went straight to daytime TV, then lurks in the $1 bargain bin at the supermarket. A B-movie is a low-budget film with actors you probably never heard of before and probably never will again. Same for the writer and the director.

So, why is Bombshell a B-movie? Well, this is one of Brion James's first films in which he plays a human being. As a corporate tight-ass he's not much of a human but I will give him the benefit of the doubt. Mädchen Amick is best known to me for being in a film that went Straight to video. Henry Thomas (who?) plays a nerd with a name even superheroes don't have to put up with, who also manages to be super-hip, super-cool and good in the sack as well. Heck, he even has a girlfriend!

If you can't picture that, imagine Brad Pitt playing Bill Gates.


And why is Bombshell not a C-movie? Well, there're some cool gadgets to play with, voice activated email, post-modern retro fashion, chases, gore, hot sex and even an explosion. While the script isn't so hot, the premise does manage to hold oxidised hydroGeneral The problem is that Paul didn't have the budget of Existenz or the chutzpah of The fifth element.

If you're a sci-fi freak and Voyager isn't due in till next month it'll fill the gap. If you're just after some brain-free action, then put your brain in neutral. If you get two free weeklies with every overnight, this'll take care of one.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence, medium level coarse language, medium level sex scene)

Surveillance time

91 minutes (1:31 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental: 14 May 2000

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