Agent of Death Release Date:2000 Genre: Action | Drama Director(s): Sam Firstenberg (Revenge of the Ninja, Spiders II: Breeding Ground) Writer(s): Bryan Genesse Starring: Eric Roberts, Bryan Genesse, Michael Madsen, Ice-T If you’re in the market for a legitimate action thriller, Agent of Death is definitely not going to satisfy your needs. But if you’re […]

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Agent of Death
Release Date:2000
Genre: Action | Drama
Director(s): Sam Firstenberg (Revenge of the Ninja, Spiders II: Breeding Ground)
Writer(s): Bryan Genesse
Starring: Eric Roberts, Bryan Genesse, Michael Madsen, Ice-T

If you’re in the market for a legitimate action thriller, Agent of Death is definitely not going to satisfy your needs. But if you’re like me, and don’t mind a simplistic plot that’s coupled with ridiculous action scenes, this is the movie for you.

The opening scene truly makes you believe that you’re watching the worst action movie ever made, complete with people getting shot and simply falling down, Ice-T playing a government security agent barking orders in the worst security office ever constructed, and other silly happenings. Once the big climax has occurred it’s revealed that it was all a drill, and these are simply secret service agents preparing to protect the President in the event of an assassination attempt.

Turns out President Fallbrook is coming to town for a $10,000 a plate lunch in an extravagant hotel (that actually looks progressively cheaper as time goes on). With the countdown to Election Day ticking, his new PR director has decided to setup a phony kidnapping in order to ensure his victory. She has hired CIA agents to do job, with the whole operation being led by a heartless agent whose pseudonym for the operation is Akmed (Gennese). After seeing him work well during the drill, he makes a quite stupid decision by hiring a man who simply calls himself The Replacement (Roberts), who has been led to believe the entire operation is sponsored by the CIA.

After an absolutely ludicrous kidnap scene (where the turncoat CIA agents shoot tranquilizer darts at agents using a straw-like instrument), Akmed shoots a few of his fellow men, which makes The Replacement wary of their legitimacy. With negotiator Agent Briggs (Madsen) outside trying to brainstorm ways to save Fallbrook, The Replacement begins his battles with Akmed, who always has his ‘tough woman’ by his sides.

Ice-T disappears by the halfway mark after appearing for no more than five minutes total, and Michael Madsen’s part is limited to talking on his cell phone while holding a look on his face that suggests he’d rather be somewhere else.

This is that kind of action movie that critics hate, but fans like myself wind up loving. Sure, The Replacement shoots his seventeen-round gun at least fifty times without reloading. This isn’t coming from a gun expert either, as the characters recognize that it only holds seventeen rounds immediately after a gigantic shootout where The Replacement’s gun is never reloaded. Sure, there are hundreds of bullets flying but only a few holes in the walls and furniture. And sure, the filmmakers blow the same car twice in the span of a single minute, and don’t even bother to place different characters in front of the vehicles. But that’s unimportant. What matters is that Agent of Death delivers what you expect from a movie with such an awful title; explosions, gunfire, double crosses, Eric Roberts beating up a woman, awkward editing, and a tremendous outtakes package that plays over the end credits.

The story of the film’s distribution is all over the place. Obviously the film should be called The Replacement, seeing as how that is the hero’s only name. That’s only how it is overseas. In the U.S. it was released twice. Once as The Alternate, and a wider release as Agent of Death. While I can’t confirm anything, I believe they were released at the same time, and video stores were given the choice of what title and box art they wanted.

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