C.I.A. II: Target Alexa Release Date: 1993 Genre: Action | Thriller Director(s): Lorenzo Lamas Writer(s): Michael January (Firepower) Starring: Lorenzo Lamas, Kathleen Kinmont, John Savage So wait, people actually liked Kathleen Kinmont in the early 90s? Or at least b-film fans did, as the ex-wife of Lamas seems to get universal support while he certainly […]

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C.I.A. II: Target Alexa
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Action | Thriller
Director(s): Lorenzo Lamas
Writer(s): Michael January (Firepower)
Starring: Lorenzo Lamas, Kathleen Kinmont, John Savage

So wait, people actually liked Kathleen Kinmont in the early 90s? Or at least b-film fans did, as the ex-wife of Lamas seems to get universal support while he certainly does not. Maybe it’s the horse face, but she doesn’t do it for me, and thanks to the lack of acting chops, C.I.A. II: Target Alexa didn’t wind up doing much for me.

Since this was Lorenzo Lamas’ first and only directing gig, the main plot was shifted to Kinmont, likely to give Lamas a less stressful time behind the camera. That doesn’t mean Lamas isn’t in the film, as he’s a presence throughout, but he’s more of a supporting player here.

Government security must be really lax, as Alexa is another one of those films where a group of terrorists are able to steal a nuclear guidance system without many problems. On the case is CIA Agent Mark Graver (Lamas), who realizes that to track it down he needs to team up with Alexa once more. Alexa’s reward for helping the CIA? She will not be prosecuted for shooting the hell out of a convenience store in retaliation against some robbers, which is no doubt the best scene of the movie.

Eventually the insane ex-CIA man Ralph Straker, who plans to sell the nuclear system to the highest bidder, takes Alexa hostage. Lamas must then team up with the seemingly heartless terrorist Franz Klug (Savage), who also just so happens to be the father of Alexa’s child, to stop Straker.

C.I.A. II: Target Alexa could’ve wound up a suitable action flick if its script put more emphasis on the villains. I did not give a damn about what was happening in the film because the terrorists didn’t hit any emotional points for me. Hell, the nuclear system that the plot revolves around is barely talked about. At least have the obligatory speech where the protagonist gets a dying man to turn over a secret after repeatedly telling him that millions will die if he doesn’t speak. Yeesh.

Branscombe Richmond, who played Bobby Sixkiller on “Renegade,” puts in an appearance as a bidder.

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