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Just don't be taken in by beautiful women. Security guards, computer
programmers and the villain's henchmen all make this mistake and endure
unpleasant repercussions. This is an action movie where the girls rule,
with Kinmont impressing as a beautiful and resourceful undercover agent,
while ex-hubby Lamas takes a back seat.
The plot is the usual sub-Bondian nonsense, with John Savage phoning in his performance as a routine bad guy, but the budget seems higher than average and the result is some well-staged mayhem. Alexa's first fight in a grocery store is a standout action sequence.
For reasons that I still can't figure out Kathleen Kinmont was
absolutely essential to getting back a stolen microchip that if it fell
into the wrong hands could lead to the downfall of the USA. She wants
out of the terrorism game, but her real life husband Lorenzo Lamas of
the CIA wants to drag her back in.
All Kinmont wants to do is raise her daughter, her daughter whose father is John Savage the terrorist who they think has the chip. He doesn't have it, but he sure wants it. Another group beat him to it.
For those who like their action films without too much strain on the brain this successor CIA II: Target Alexa is definitely for you. Lorenzo Lamas's fans will see him do his martial arts thing and Kinmont is pretty good herself. The one thing that this film really has going for it is female bodybuilder Lori Fetrick and Kinmont going at it. It's the ultimate in chick fighting.
But it ain't enough.
"CIA II: Target Alexa" is a typical low-grade action film with medium-grade fights, stunts and explosions. Which is about what you'd expect when the name Lorenzo Lamas (here as director AND star) is involved. Thankfully, Lamas is kind enough in this case to share the spotlight with two women, Kathleen Kinmont (the heroine) and Lori Fetrick (the villainess), who both have superb bodies: sweaty, muscular and fit. They even have two fights against each other, and even though Fetrick has an obvious strength advantage, Kinmont holds her own pretty well. If any of this sounds like your cup of tea (and it certainly is mine!), then you should check this film out. If not, then there is not much else to see here. (**)
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Since the last "CIA" film, Alexa (Kinmont) has given up working for the
government and now relaxes in a small town, content to raise her
daughter on a horse ranch. She thought she put her former life behind
her, but Graver (Lamas) comes back into the picture. He asks her to
infiltrate yet another criminal organization, to get yet another
microchip, which would control yet more nuclear weapons. This time
around, the main baddie is Franz Kluge (Savage), and his henchmen are
Straker (Ryan) and Lana (Fetrick). Will Graver and Alexa be able to
work together again to defeat the bad guys? And who can you really
trust? Lorenzo Lamas must really care about the CIA franchise (such as
it was at the time) and the character of Graver, because he stepped
into the director's chair for this one. Sure, this movie didn't really
need to be made, as it covers very similar ground to the first film
while not being as good - but this movie is a lot funnier than the
first one. The dialogue is sillier than ever before and some of the
situations are pretty ridiculous. But it all has the backing of the
classic PM stuntwork and blow-ups behind it.
Alexa's daughter has a horse named Fred the Horse, Lamas continues on with his tank top/black hat combos for his wardrobe, and his hair is much funnier and more feminine this time around. It's truly "dueling ponytails" for both him and Kinmont. John Ryan was last seen as the baddie from American Cyborg: Steel Warrior (1993), and his name in the film, Straker, is one we've seen before (last seen being used by Richard Norton in Raiders of the Sun, 1992). John Savage plays a toned-down, but very similar character to the one he played in Red Scorpion 2 (1994), and he even has some dialogue involving scorpions. Weird, eh? Plus his international criminal organization seems like a boy scout camp, and his minions even dress that way.
Lori Fetrick is mainly known to American Gladiators fans as Ice, and her presence here shows this film as pure 90's. She looks like Jenna Jameson but with much more ripped arms. I wonder why OJ Simpson didn't return for this sequel? While not strictly one of the better PM's, this does have comedy, chemistry between Lamas and Kinmont, and does have the Lamas you want to see, all told. It has another noteworthy Louis Febre score, plenty of blow-ups and shooting, and is still of a good quality all around.
While it can be confusing trying to determine the difference between "Code Name Alexa" and "Target Alexa", if you must see only one, go with the first (Code Name). But this one isn't bad at all, it's still worth watching. It's just a little bit unnecessary.
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I don't get attached to that many action movies, and this isn't one of them, actually. One off-putting thing about it is a scene where a character gives a sort of "war whoop" while machine-gunning someone - what's weird is that it's one of the GOOD GUYS doing it. But one thing made me watch it. Like "Brad the Lad", I've always been mad about Lori "Ice" Fetrick. And as he says, she's very convincing in that villainous role (that smile of hers works in a role like that as much as any other way, and, needless to say, everything else about her). I just wish she'd gotten to wear the kind of skimpy clothes Kathleen Kinmont did in the previous movie. No offense to Lamas and Kinmont, but 5 stars for the movie, and 10 for her.
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CIA agent Mark Graver narrowly escapes with his life when former agent
turned international terrorist Ralph Straker stages a raid on a Company
warehouse & steals a nuclear missile actuator module capable of
managing an entire nuclear arsenal. The CIA's director believes that
Straker cannot steal the module's chip, but that item is stolen from
another warehouse by a rival terrorist named Franz Kluge. Graver
decides to contact his former lover, the former terrorist Alexa, who is
living in a rural town with her young daughter. Alexa, meanwhile, foils
a robbery by shooting one of the robbers but is arrested by the cops by
mistake. Being an unlawful citizen, she is threatened with deportation
or prison time but Graver manages to hold it off on the condition that
Alexa help him recover the stolen module & chip. Heading into Kluge's
hideout on her own, Alexa tricks her way into staying there so that she
can steal the chip. This she does but Straker, learning of the chip's
location, stages a raid on Kluge's base. Alexa escapes but is captured
by Straker. Kluge decides to make a deal with the CIA & Agent Graver to
recover the equipment for his freedom. Together they head into
Straker's base at the same time Alexa breaks out of her confines &
takes on Straker for the chip.
In the very early 1990s, producers Richard Pepin & Joseph Merhi had a surprise minor hit on their hands when they made C.I.A. Codename: Alexa, a cheap action film that became a cult hit on cable TV when one of its stars, O.J. Simpson, was put on trial for the murder of his wife & her lover shortly after the film premiered. The unexpected success of what was essentially a very cheap & crudely put-together action thriller, made PM Entertainment's name & resulted in the studio becoming a major player in the 1990s' DTV action film market. A year later, Pepin & Merhi got Lorenzo Lamas, the star of the film, to make a sequel with his co-star & wife Kathleen Kinmont, only with Lamas directing as well this time with Kinmont writing the story for it.
I never particularly liked the original C.I.A. film but this sequel is an improvement over it in almost every aspect, even if the overall improvement is not by much. Lamas does a fair job of staging moderately exciting action set pieces (although the budget for the film was not substantially better than that of the original). The opening raid on the CIA warehouse is filled with some of the trademark PM shootout style where key characters stand in the open & avoid getting hit by bullets while everyone else in the vicinity are massacred with little effort (during this scene, somebody fires an RPG with no actual warhead but a blank charge, making me laugh my head off). The subsequent action scenes are okay by cheap action film standards but nothing too exciting.
The film has a pretty good cast of action film troopers. Lorenzo Lamas & Kathleen Kinmont make a good team & conduct their relationship with some conviction. John Savage is a hoot as semi-villain Kluge, making the most of his role as the conniving & one-step-ahead-of-everybody-else terrorist who gets more than he initially bargained for when rival terrorist John Ryan takes his own loot from him, only to play a major hand in getting it back. In all, the film might not be much than a cheap action film, but it does have some value in making an average actioner for late night TV & cheap DVD trash trawlers.
I only watched CIA II: Target Alexa due to the presence of Kathleen Kinmont who I fell in love with ever since I first saw her in Fraternity Vacation. Overall the movie is not that good as there were lot of boring dialogue. The movie would have been much better had Kathleen's Fraternity Vacation's co-star Barbara Crampton been in the film with her.
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Quite possibly the most hilarious action movie ever made, but more
likely the most homo-erotic action film ever made.
Perpetuates the stereotypes of action films made after 1994 beautifully. Apparently, militias in parts of the world contain only mustached/bearded sweaty men in camouflage wife-beaters, with additionally hilarious ponytails.
I'm fairly certain that I saw one of the uniforms in the film contain the word "Military" on a patch, which would be akin to a police officer wearing a badge that said "Cop" or "Police Office", as if it weren't obvious enough.
I especially enjoy the scene where the helicopters come over the horizon and begin firing on everything in sight - including horses, tents, vehicles, plants, etc. The only thing that doesn't explode in a giant fireball are the horses...everything else goes up in flames, particularly, the empty tents.
I sort of feel bad for the actors in this film because all of their IMDb profiles have this film listed...but...they did agree to be in the film, so this film is their punishment I guess.
The first C.I.A. film was a hoot - an O. J. Simpson starring actioner
filled with hard-hitting fight scenes - but this undistinguished sequel
is a big step down. Gone is director Joseph Merhi, to be replaced by
Lorenzo Lamas who can barely act let alone direct a sufficiently
exciting action flick. What we're left with is the kind of film you end
up forgetting about roughly five minutes after it finishes.
Kathleen Kinmont is back as the tough heroine, once more coerced by the government into fighting some nefarious bad guys in her quest for justice. Lamas is now long haired and mooches around in the background. The villains are an uninteresting bunch, aside from warrior woman Lori Fetrick, who gets to engage in some frenetic and hard-hitting bouts with Kinmont.
Elsewhere, the plot is a mess of explosions, grubby fight scenes, and general inanity. Say what you like about Merhi but the guy knows how to shoot tense and hard-hitting fight scenes which are all about the staging. The fights here are by comparison poor indeed, and nothing feels very exciting, just ho hum.
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