Extreme Limits Release Date: 2001 Genre: Action | Adventure Director(s): Jay Andrews (aka Jim Wynorski) Writer(s): Steve Latshaw (Curse of the Komodo, Militia) Starring: Treat Williams, Hannes Jaenicke, Gary Hudson, Julie St. Claire The last ten years of Treat Williams’ life has been an up and down affair. While he now comfortably sits in the […]

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Extreme Limits
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Action | Adventure
Director(s): Jay Andrews (aka Jim Wynorski)
Writer(s): Steve Latshaw (Curse of the Komodo, Militia)
Starring: Treat Williams, Hannes Jaenicke, Gary Hudson, Julie St. Claire

The last ten years of Treat Williams’ life has been an up and down affair. While he now comfortably sits in the middle of the theatrical and direct-to-video worlds thanks to his role on “Everwood,” he was riding high between 1995 and 1999. He had supporting roles in hit films like Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, and even played the villain in The Phantom. But then came Deep Rising, a forty-five million dollar movie that rested entirely on the unproven drawing power of Williams. It bombed, and the subsequent failing of his Michelle Pfeiffer tearjerker The Deep End of the Ocean sealed his fate for the next several years.

Williams almost immediately sought work in direct-to-video films, eventually going onto make three direct-to-video sequels to The Substitute, four movies for Andrew Stevens, and a few others with the likes of Sidney J. Furie. It was these roles that made me a fan of Williams, as while the characters he played never really changed much, he always impressed me with his acting. Even when he was making schlock alongside the likes of Angie Everhart and Patrick Kilpatrick, Williams always put his best foot forward. Jim Wynorski was able to make two pictures with Treat, and the first was Extreme Limits.

Antiques collector and explorer Maurice Hunter has finally made a discovery thought to be impossible. In the snow-covered mountains of Siberia, he has finally discovered the Tesla death ray. Smaller than the average suitcase, the death ray employs of the power of the user’s mind to send out its, uhhh, rays of death. When one of his own team members attempts to kill him in order to get the box, Hunter knows it isn’t safe in his hands. Due to a self-destruct mechanism, he can’t just throw it off a cliff either, so he informs the CIA that he’ll be delivering them the box personally.

Terrorists somehow always find out about this kind of stuff, and as a result, the plane carrying Hunter and many other passengers is hijacked. Only the first act of Extreme Limits takes place on the plane. After some stock footage from Cliffhanger, the plane is crashed and lying dormant in snowy and mountainous Canada with no way to contact the outside world. Hunter’s daughter Nadia (St. Claire) agrees to go out into the wilderness, death ray in hand, in order to contact the men in charge. But the terrorist (Jaenicke) has slipped away, and is on her track. Later, CIA agent Jason Ross (Williams) gets involved in things, while those back on the plane actually have to devise a plan to kill a gigantic bear.

Like many of Steve Latshaw’s scripts, Extreme Limits has a lot going on throughout it. While his script pretty much killed Submerged’s chances of being worthwhile, it doesn’t have that effect on Extreme Limits. I do think the movie would’ve been better off had a good chunk of the passengers just been killed during the crash sequence, as there’s so many that the whole thing winds up feeling one-dimensional.

It’s silly and not nearly as entertaining as something like Gale Force, but Extreme Limits isn’t too bad for a stock footage film.

DVD: Jim Wynorski, Julie St. Claire, and Andrea V. Rossotto join us for a commentary track that is the only extra on the DVD. Rossotto just kind of hangs out in the background, leaving Wynorski to split his time between discussing the film and trying to charm his way into Julie St. Claire’s panties. Knowing Wynorski, he just may have succeeded at some point in time.

Also known as Crash Point Zero.

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