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The President of the United States, in the midst of negative puplic opinion, is kidnapped while attending a charity function. Initially, we discover that the kidnapping was planned by his chief of staff to boost his poll ratings as the reelection is one week away. However, one of the kidnappers decides the opportunity for gain is too strong and turns it into a real kidnapping. What he didn't expect is another member of his group to foil his plan. Written by
If you watch a lot of Direct-To-Video flicks, The Company called Nu-Image pops up a lot. They make on-the-cheap knockoffs of "Die Hard" and monster flicks like "Octopus 2: River Of Fear" (A real title).
"The Alternate" is no exception. For the millionth time, John McClane...I mean "The Replacement" (Roberts) has to foil a plot to stop terrorists from killing the Prez. Michael Madsen plays the Reginald VelJohnson part as the agent on the ground. All he does is bark orders and waits to tuck into the craft service table. Bryan Genesse plays the terrorist leader. He's okay. Eric Roberts is his usual self as the hero. The action scenes are ripped off from "Die Hard" wholesale. The scene with Eric hanging on to a building, and the climax. I'm surprised there wasn't any stock footage. Ice-T pops up to make a cameo. He reads his lines off the cue card like the pro he is.
Sam Firstenberg is also the director of the Michael Dudikoff classic "American Ninja". How far the mighty have fallen...
Overall, "The Alternate" isn't bad, It was just written with no personality.
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