CIA Code Name: Alexa Release Date: 6 March 1993 (Japan) Genre: Action | Thriller | Adventure Director(s): Joseph Merhi (Executive Target, Rage) Writer(s): Ken Lamplugh & John Weidner (both of Maximum Force) Starring: Lorenzo Lamas, Kathleen Kinmont, O.J. Simpson, Alex Cord Easy to watch action film stars Lorenzo Lamas as a CIA agent who strikes […]

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CIA Code Name: Alexa
Release Date: 6 March 1993 (Japan)
Genre: Action | Thriller | Adventure
Director(s): Joseph Merhi (Executive Target, Rage)
Writer(s): Ken Lamplugh & John Weidner (both of Maximum Force)
Starring: Lorenzo Lamas, Kathleen Kinmont, O.J. Simpson, Alex Cord

Easy to watch action film stars Lorenzo Lamas as a CIA agent who strikes a deal with a hitwoman to bring down Victor Mahler (Cord), an international terrorist with diplomatic immunity.

This woman, Alexa (Kinmont), is of course a hitwoman with a heart of gold, who is only cooperating because the C.I.A. have her daughter. The man in charge of the operation, Mark Graver (Lamas), isn’t too big on this tactic, but realizes that it’s a necessary evil. Thanks to a little poolside surgery, Mahler has in his possession a microchip containing all sorts of information that’s very useful to his organization. Lamas and Alexa must band together to fight the antagonists, but that’s not all they have to deal with.

O.J. SIMPSON.

Run for your lives!

Ohh wait, CIA Code Name: Alexa was filmed before 1994. Prior to being implicated for murder despite a glove that just did not fit, Simpson earned paychecks not only acting on the TV show “1st & Ten” for six years, but also in b-films like this one. Here he plays Detective Nick Murphy, a ‘regular joe’ officer who just doesn’t understand why the CIA would forcibly take Alexa, who killed his partner, out of his custody. When Murphy trespasses on the CIA’s ultra secretive side location (and try to wrap your head around the logic that leads the terrorists there), he becomes involved in the case as well.

Alexa is one of the six movies that Lorenzo Lamas did with his (now ex) wife Kathleen Kinmont, and despite the nepotism, she doesn’t do too bad for herself. Lamas is his usual self, which means that he hits his mark on the action scenes just fine but doesn’t do too well connecting on an emotional level. The biggest laugh in Alexa comes from actor Alex Cord, who you may remember as General Prescott in Fred Olen Ray’s Air Rage. Having to produce a foreign accent for his Mahler character, Cord delivers one of the worst I’ve heard in years.

You gotta love an action film where a woman goes from distraught about her missing daughter to screwing a guy for the first time in a matter of seconds. “Ohhh no! My daughter’s missing! Let’s fuck.” I guess Lorenzo Lamas just has that effect on people.

Suitably entertaining with enough gunfire and absurd action clichés to overcome its various problems quite well.
DVD: Barebones.

Sometimes referred to as C.I.A. Codename: Alexa.

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