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Dark angel

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

There is no future without a past.

After escaping a genetics lab that trains test tube babies to be the perfect soldiers (called Project Manticore), 18-year-old Max (Jessica Alba) is truly a lone traveller. When she was young "those terrorist bozos whacked us with a electro-magnetic pulse". Now she must live her life on the run in a dangerous future where all anyone wants is their past. Max has daily seizures that give her flashbacks to her shady past. That is the only way she can put more pieces of the puzzle together.

Max lives in a run down apartment building with her roommate Kendra Maibaum (Jennifer Blanc) and has to occasionally bribe the police to keep their presence a secret. For cash, she works as a bike messenger for a company called Jam Pony Messengers. Most of her friends work there and always complain about their pay and their boss, Reagan "Ray" "Normal" Ronald (JC Mackenzie). For extra cash, Max robs from the richer people and sells it for more than it is worth. One night, she decides to rob the wrong house and meets Logan Cale (Michael Weatherly), a mysterious news reporter who runs a video stream called Eyes only. He reports truthful news because, he says, "If you accept the way things are, you're making it worse."

Although she escapes from him and his bodyguard, Peter, Logan continuously tracks Max down until he finds out the truth about her. He tells her that he can help her find her lost test tube friends if she'd help him.

Also starring Alimi Ballard as Herbal Thought, Richard Gunn as Sketchy, Valarie Rae Miller as Original Cindy, John Savage as Donald Lydecker, Geneva Locke as young Max, Stephen Lee as Vogelsang and William Gregory Lee as Zack. Written by James Cameron, directed by Sarah Pia Anderson and Joe Ann Fogle.

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Theatrical report


Any image containing a sexy woman who hits, kicks and punches her way to glory is an image of Lara. Just because her name is Max means nothing.

The post-apocalyptic hell in which Max lives is a nice blend of dirt and high-tech, poverty and wealth. For some people life hasn't changed because of an EMP. For others, it's all shoulders to the wheel just to maintain a lower standard of living. Actually, there's not a lot of difference between the future and the past. Rich people reclining in luxury while poor people struggle, dreaming of a better life in a bigger cardboard box.

The set-up, secret government projects, hunters, hunted, loners, losers, is pretty standard for a TV pilot - which is what Dark angel is - but it does have a good mix of the necessary ingredients. Just because you know what goes into a cake doesn't guarantee how it will taste when it's cooked. The Dark angel cake is very tasty, sweet, moist and full of fruit.

FYI: A manticore is a mythical being with the horned head of a man, the body of a lion and the tail of a scorpion; a none too subtle reference to the DNA resequencing that went into Max's creation.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
  • Disc: Single layer, single side
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: 4:3
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

PG (Medium level violence, medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

82 minutes (1:22 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental: 20 April 2001
DVD rental: 27 March 2002
VHS rental: 27 March 2002

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