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William H. Macy
In the heat of an American desert, Captain Jean Farrell arrives at a secret military installation, run by the enigmatic Doctor Harlan Jessup. Jessup is conducting 'Operation Sandman', an experiment involving a group of soldiers who have volunteered to be injected with 'the Juice', a drug which enables them to function without sleep. The team of soldiers, led by gruff and abusive 'Gunny' Riggins continually takes part in Virtual Reality scenarios whereby they face terrorists, kidnappers, guerrillas and a plethora of other situations that demand split-second timing, and undying obedience in the face of danger. They have continued for nearly three weeks without sleep, and their response times and reactions are better than ever. But there is a problem. As the test continues, the soldiers begin to see 'freaks', hallucinations that intrude on their consciousness and disturb their concentration. Jessup is on the point of getting government funding for the project and cannot afford hiccups, ... Written by
"Have you ever considered the possibility that you're losing your mind?"
Operation Sandman is not your typical made for television garbage. It's a very cool movie with a very different look. There are some shots of the actors in the desert that are similar to those of Three Kings. There's a good blend of action and suspense with shades of Flatliners, Nightscare, and Universal Soldier. That, along with a good cast, make this UPN original a cut above the rest. The cast includes Ron Perlman (Blade II), Richard Tyson (Three O'Clock High), and...Hardcore Bob Holly. Yeah, you heard me. Holly, who is given little screen time, actually impressed me (I'll take him over The Rock any day). But the real saving graces are Perlman and Tyson. Tyson has one of the best lines in the film: "When I want your opinion, I'll give it to you." That's just bad ass. There's a shot of him with wild, crazy eyes and a burning American flag in the background that's absolutely insane looking. And Perlman is at his best in this role. He's a B-movie actor with A-list talent who lends credibility to some bizarre flicks. Overall, the movie is effectively creepy, the direction is great, and it was way better than I expected.
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