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Total Reality (1997)

R | | Action, Sci-Fi | 4 April 1997 (USA)
David Bradley, stars as the roguish soldier Anthony Rand, who follows a ruthless general back through time in a last ditch attempt to save the universe.

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Phillip J. Roth (as Phillip Roth)

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Phillip J. Roth (story) (as Phillip Roth), Phillip J. Roth (screenplay) (as Phillip Roth) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Bradley ... Anthony Rand
Ely Pouget ... Cathy Easton
Thomas Kretschmann ... Commander Tunis
Misa Koprova ... Wingate
Brian Faker Brian Faker ... Frankel
Melik Malkasian ... Uriah
Geof Prysirr Geof Prysirr ... Congressman Jerry
Michael Mendelson Michael Mendelson ... John Bridges
Anna Nicholas ... Agent Wesson
Marcus Aurelius Marcus Aurelius ... Agent Smith
Bob Morrisey ... Major Prackel
Mark McClure Mark McClure ... Dr. Gordon
Patsy Pease Patsy Pease ... Leader
Ken Olandt ... Commander Swift
Mark Angelo Mark Angelo ... Guard (as Marc Angel)
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David Bradley, stars as the roguish soldier Anthony Rand, who follows a ruthless general back through time in a last ditch attempt to save the universe.

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Action | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for violence and language
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apolyto oplo See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA

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Color
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When Rand shoots his C.O., he fires two rounds. In the 'playback' he fires three. See more »

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Miss Ethereal
Written by Robert Medici
Produced by Jim Goodwin
Performed by Robert Medici
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Time Travelers...
26 February 2008 | by fmarkland32See all my reviews

David Bradley stars as Lt. Rand, a future soldier facing a death sentence is given a chance for freedom if he leads a group of commandos back to 1998 to prevent a group of rebel fighters from preventing the totalitarian government from ever happening. Bradley also has 40 hours to succeed or his device in his neck will explode, along the way Bradley questions his mission. David Bradley I always thought of as an awful actor, his works in American Ninja 3 and American Ninja 4 made Michael Dudikoff seem like a Shakespearan actor. However in one of his last films before his retirement (?) from films, he delivered one of his best performance to date in what is one of his very best. The movie's main flaw is simply that it tries to do too much, in that things are implied so much we often don't understand where the plot is coming from. The main story is handled fairly well but the subplots are often dropped or just barely skimmed over. Total Reality really does imply a lot more than it tells and it has some scenes off quiet effectiveness. The movie doesn't start off all that well, as it starts out just to run down time but in reality it's what sets up the motivation of Bradley's character and the movie despite ripping off Escape From New York, The Terminator, The Dirty Dozen and even Trancers the film still combines the elements well enough and comes up with its share of good ideas to make it work for Science Fiction fans. There are of course plot holes but what I found quite captivating about Total Reality, is how David Bradley's character questions his mission and indeed isn't all that inspired in his quest to save his government. In fact when he explains "When we die, they'll send someone to replace us." which gets a sad reply, Bradley's quip "Don't look at me, I just work here" is well handled. Indeed it's bizarre but it's David Bradley that makes the movie work the way it does. With someone like Olivier Gruner, the movie wouldn't have been nearly as interesting. It's somewhat sad Bradley went into obscurity because he really became not too shabby of an actor, at least on the basis of this performance. The ending is also unexpected and intriguing which earns the movie it's high marks and in the end Phillip J. Roth crafts his best work to date, which is no doubt due to David Bradley. Something I never ever thought i'd ever write ever.

* *1/2 out of 4-(Pretty Good)


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