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TekWar (1994)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi | TV Movie 23 January 1994
A television movie based on the futurist story by William Shatner.

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Jake Cardigan
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Sid Gomez
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Beth Kittridge
Ray Jewers ...
Bennett Sands
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Sonny Hokori
David Hemblen ...
Insp. Winterguild
Marc Marut ...
Danny Cardigan
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Prof. Kittridge
Sonja Smits ...
Kate Cardigan
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Warbride
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Walter H. Bascom
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Winger
Catherine Blythe ...
Centra
Ed Sahely ...
Ogden Swires
Markus Parilo ...
Vargas
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After four years, Jake Cardigan is prematurely awoken from his fifteen year cryogenic punishment to a world very different than the one he knew. Much more than before 'Tek', the highly-addictive electronic designer narcotic of the 21st century, seems to be prevalent. His wife has divorced him and disappeared together with their son. He wants them back and he wants justice for those undercover policemen who were murdered by unknown conspirators which led to his imprisonment for a crime he did not commit. He links up with his ex-partner Sid Gomez, now also an ex-cop, and they go to work for the mysterious Bascom who owns and runs the giant Cosmos security corporation. Their first job is a seemingly easy missing persons case trying to locate a missing scientist who may have developed a crystal to destroy Tek chips. The more the two men investigate the more the dark and powerful forces of the hidden Tek lords are sent to thwart them. What is the connection between this case and his ... Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Virtual Reality Can Be Murder

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William Shatner first conceived the idea of TekWar while directing Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989). See more »

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Beth Kittridge: I'm an android. A Level 10.
Jake Cardigan: At least.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: The PTA Disbands (1995) See more »

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An okay film, but could've been better if it wasn't for all of the 90's B-movie clichés
5 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

I don't know how the books are compared to this movie, because I never read them. I hope their better though.

The basic plot of the story is Jake is a former cop who supposedly killed his teammates when they were trying to stop a drug lord. As a result, he's framed and sentenced to be cryogenically frozen. The character, Bascom, grants him early parole so Jake can stop the Tek drug from becoming an epidemic.

Although that plot sounds interesting on paper, it didn't work as well as I thought when I was watching it on YouTube. It wasn't given much praise by critics anyway. Here are some problems I had with it: The book setting is supposed to be portrayed in the 22 century. The movie setting ends up being a 90's semi-futuristic B-movie.

The acting and plot are okay, but fall short and become boring after a while.

The 90's B-movie tech and special effects often become a distraction from the acting and plot.

Being that this was a TV movie, its typical that it didn't have a big budget. However, I don't know if having a bigger budget would've saved it. Maybe if Hollywood decided to make this a stand-alone feature film, they could make it well enough that it becomes an A-movie and finally saves this franchise.


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