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26 out of 38 people found the following review useful:

A career low for Mr. Lambert (gulp)

Author: Leigh Loveday from UK
8 June 1999

Chris Lambert, you might think, is always good value for money. Or you might not think that at all. In fact, realistically, you're more likely to think that Natasha Henstridge (her out of Species) is always good value for money. Well, it doesn't matter in this case because you're wrong either way. Stop crying, you fool.

The first thing you'll notice about Adrenalin is that it all appears to have been filmed in a few scabby streets just behind the director's back garden. He probably thinks this looks authentic. It doesn't. It looks tragic. The entire film consists of Chris, 'Tash and a couple of other disposable rentacops legging it from one end of a street to the other and back again, popping into disintegrating buildings here and there along the way so that bits of it can fall on them, and occasionally pausing at either end of the street for a random shoot-out and/or for someone to get eaten by the startlingly unscary maniac they're supposed to be chasing. It must have taken such a great effort on behalf of all involved to keep the production values so consistently low that it somehow seems deserving of applause.

Ms. Henstridge, predictably, has very little to do except look scared, not manage to shoot anything and almost die every so often, while the inestimable Mr. Lambert seems to be here for no other reason than to get shot loads. It speaks volumes that he doesn't even attempt to rescue the film by interjecting his endearing trademark cackle into the dialogue at key moments. Not that he'd get much chance anyway: nobody really says anything but "Yowch, aargh, shoot him, he's eating me, aargh, oh no we're trapped, yowch, shoot him, aargh, my leg's fallen off."

The plot's some tosh about a plague having wiped out most of humanity, again, and towards the end of the film the wonderful scriptwriter comes up with the idea of having some Virus Control people turn up, mumble something about this killer they're chasing actually being the carrier of a new and far more deadly strain, then go away again and leave everyone to carry on getting shot. Everyone, that is, except for the people stuck with the job of writing up the box blurb, who seize this precious jewel of hope from the pigsty of horribleness and nurture it as if it were their own rancid offspring.

Adrenalin, then. It's one of the most boring films I've ever seen, which, for something that bills itself as a sci-fi horror thriller, isn't very good really.

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22 out of 34 people found the following review useful:

An Experiment?

Author: Jochen Oppermann ( from Hannover, Germany
10 August 1998

This movie has something strange.. I think it's some kind of an experiment. There is nearly no storyline which develops during the running film. But there is an amazing cinematography by George Mooradian! (Widescreen-Version only!) It seems to be a test of how to produce a movie which "lives" by the moving camera. Sometimes there are nearly no cuts in 1 minute, or so. The editor tried some new ways of filmmaking, I think. From this point of view, the film is amazing! The Scope-Camera moves really fast and virtuously... But maybe Albert Pyun is as dumb as everyone thinks and so they just made another low-budget-product!!! Who knows........

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Short and Schweet

Author: bodine-1 from Frederick, MD
7 June 2010

This senseless and incoherent action/horror flick is one of director Pyun's better movies. Number's short, clocking in at a brisk 77 minutes. Number's got the "Species" babe Henstridge in a role that doesn't require her to shed her clothes, but she STILL looks great. Number three...I like Lambert, no matter how awful the movies he chooses to be in happen to turn out.

As another reviewer stated, Lambert and Henstridge are cops chasing a mutant killer, who is carrying a contagious disease, through what looks like a sewer. That's about it for plot development, although there are some half-baked attempts to fill in Henstridge's character. Pyun is best suited to directing action set pieces and he has lots to work with here. Nice little time waster that's never boring and is over before you know it.

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

I have both long and short versions.

Author: Jan Strydom from South Africa
22 January 2009

I was at the local DVD retail store a couple of weeks ago and found ADRENALIN sitting on one of the shelves, first time I saw it was years ago when it first came out on VHS I actually liked it, I mean it was no masterpiece and surely wasn't as bad as people said it was, well okay if you want something that has more of a story, I recommend you try something else, because this film only sums up the story as follows.

A chemical leak in Europe has caused a deadly new virus, as the disease starts to spread towards the U.S, the government sets up quarantine camps in order to contain the large number of immigrants, now two cops that patrol the camps, one a rookie, (Natasha Hentsridge of Species and Ghosts of Mars) the other a seasoned veteran (Christopher Lambert of Highlander and Fortress) discover that a deranged killer is stalking the camps, but what they don't know is that he is infected with another type of virus that poses an even greater threat.

Now I have Adrenalin on a very worn out VHS tape, but I decided to buy the DVD for better quality, and to my surprise turned out to be a longer version of the film, the difference between them is the longer version has a longer pre credit sequence that paints a grimmer picture of what went on, and has a few extra scenes and some of the scenes you might be familiar with in the shorter version are extended, but I still like it, despite what others think.

Lastly, I have to admit I find Albert Pyun to be an interesting director, sometimes he directs a lot of really good films and other times I wonder is this the same guy? because considering his standard of good films, the bad ones actually leave your jaw hanging open and asking yourself, does this guy make movies to reflect in what kind of mood he's in at the time? Because when his movies are bad they're bad all right.

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17 out of 28 people found the following review useful:

like watching a black screen

Author: linguo
27 January 2002

Two cops chase a killer into a factory. What else? I don't know because the picture was so damn dark i couldn't see what was happening! You never know what is going on! It's as if the director forgot to put lighting on his budget for this film! I had the unfortunate luck of seeing this movie in a theater. Don't let the same tragedy happen to you.

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

you'll love it or hate it

Author: Zargo from Ballarat, Australia
15 October 2002

If you let the movie suck you in then you'll be in for a tense and exciting 76 minutes. If you sit there and let your mind wander and start thinking about things such as why the police cars in the movie all have policia written on them when the movie is set in an American city (Boston I think...), you'll be in for a very boring time, and you'll probably agree with the lowly rating that this movie has on this site.

It's an interesting and unique movie though, and doesn't deserve to be named one of the all-time stinkers. If you're looking for better Albert Pyun, and better Christopher Lambert, then tune in to their second project together, 'Mean Guns'.

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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Better than rated

Author: cg707 from Maryland
9 August 1998

An interesting concept and a fast paced movie.

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Evil, explicit and exciting

Author: interunic from Lauchringen, Germany
30 December 2008

Although I can accept the critics of the minimal storyline this movie shows, I don't get what's the real problem with it. The effects and stunts are okay. The characters are of a standard kind for a movie like that. Story and idea are on a good atmospheric level. And the main argument for rating this movie on a higher position: Excitement... really nerve wrecking excitement. Also, Natasha Henstridge and Christopher Lambert did a good job. I like both of them as actors and charmful characters. The combination of Mad Max, Bone Collector and Escape from NY fits to the main actors and results in a interesting and thrilling movie based in somewhat dirty end-times.

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

NOt that bad...

Author: HighlanderArg from Buenos Aires, Argentina
25 June 2004

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(May have spoilers)

Fine, I admit it. I panick like hell with any horror film. HOwever, being a huge Lambert fan, I could not resist buying this one (it was $2, after all).

The director is Albert Pyun. With low budget, he's done some great stuff ("Mean Guns"), some acceptable stuff ("Blast"), and disasters ("Captain America"). This one would fit somewhere between the last two categories.

I expected this to suck enormously yet I wasn't highly dissapointed. It's Eastern europe (though it says Boston ¿), and after the Russian government collapsed, there's something killing people. To get this supposedly ordinary killer, the rookie Delon (Natasha Hensdrige, "Species") and other cop are sent to stop him. The other cop soon is killed and she is sent backup, among them Lemieux, a "distinguished" officer (Christopher Lambert). These four start to chase the creature around and that's the whole film.

The main character is the lovely Natasha, and not the Lamberto, who is always either getting shot (hang on -- you were shot, you broke a leg... this is not Highlander, right?), or buoying her to follow the thing. How come she ended here, I wonder if this wasn't to prove that she can do a film without showing her boobs.

Andrew Divoff makes a secondary appearance here, probably promised to have a bigger role (in "Blast) or after that film, he was doing a favour to Albie.

The rest of the cast is somewhat fine. The filming is great for the little budget, and it's not bad. It's just one of Pyun's "location films", where everything happens in the same place.

It deserves a 5 so I give it a 5.

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14 out of 25 people found the following review useful:

An existentialist, feminist, surrealist masterpiece

Author: pad-9 from Stoke-on-Trent, England
13 March 2003

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Contains spoilers. In 77 minutes Albert Pyun successfully encapsulates the human experience - stuck in a nightmare world heading for an inevitable confrontation with death. And the reward for our endeavours - a free pass over the border (with no hint as to what lies on the other side, but considering that's where the 'monster' came from we can only guess it's not much better). This grim vision of existence is interwoven with an equally unsettling subtext concerning childbirth. The endless probing through tunnels with flashlights and guns, the incessant scenes of pain, the angels of death in their bright raiment transformed in the subtext into the medical team come to deliver the baby from the infinite void into which we must all return. It's interesting how Pyun uses his characters to bring out this subtext: Natasha Henstridge as the mother, Christopher Lambert the supportive husband, who encourages her to take this painful journey and in the end proves to be totally useless, while the secondary characters, Norbert Weisser and Elizabeth Barondes shadow the leads - Weisser revealing the true role of the man in this business, running away and hiding, and the death of Barondes representing the loss of innocence. All of this is neatly supported by the nightmare world of an American city overrun with refugees from Eastern Europe. With a brief nod to John Carpenter's 'Escape From New York' with one establishing shot and a voice-over, we are then plunged into a totally surreal landscape and the chase begins.

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