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« on: July 01, 2004, 10:53:27 AM »

I suppose Dean Cain's fall from starring in a hit TV series to B movie actor is not jut a speed bump in is career but *is* his career.  Having seen him in "Dark Descent" and now Final Encounter (and knowing he was in "Boa" and "Dragon Fighter")...doesn't look good for Mr Cain...

Anyway, out story today is the above mentioned "Final Encounter", set on a distant planet where two sets of people waging the end of a long war (actually, most of that is on the box, the plot doesn't really reveal too much).  Dean Cain, a general on one side, leads a small commando team into enemy territory on a mission to detonate a weapon that will cripple the enemy, forcing negotiations for peace.  Along the way the discover a possible traitor in their team, and learn some lessons about blind loyalty to a lost cause

Like many low budget movies (especially ones I've seen recently, it seems), this movie had some interesting ideas.  The last desperate mission to save a people from a losing war; the cost of blind loyalty.  Also the witches/programmers with their ability to manipulate reality was pretty cool.  I'll admit that a lot of the mood in approaching the "Obsidian" (the enemies) was pretty strong and well handled.

Unfortunately, where the ideas had a lot of potential, the writing fell through in not carrying across those ideas with much strength.   Better explanation of what the witches were doing and how their technology worked would've helped.  Also, the ending seemed a bit confused and convoluted, as if the writer(s) had written themself into a corner of sorts and wasn't sure how to logically end it so it just sorta unravelled

All in all and enjoyable waste of an hour and a half..not painful but could've been better.

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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2004, 04:17:26 PM »

Don't forget his hosting duties on the new version of "Ripley's Believe It or Not", which airs in daily syndication where I live just before reruns of "The Parkers" on our WB station, a strangely fitting place for his career. All have to say to Cain about this one is, " Sir, I watched the Jack Palance version as a child, the man could creep me out, make me laugh, and entertain me at the same time. You sir are no Jack Palance."

Sorry, don't mean to hijack this topic into a slam on Dean Cain's career ("Futuresport" or the Gentle Ben remake anyone) but the guy has become something of an easy target.
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2004, 04:43:29 PM »

Ahh!  Forgot about Futuresport.  I never actually watched "Superman" but I'm sorta curious about is acting as everything I've seen him in he kinda has the same demeanor (which doesn't neccessarily remind me of the Man of Steel) which makes it real hard to take him seriously as a villian; he really just doesn't come across right

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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2004, 04:49:01 PM »

he had a career outside of Lois and Clark?

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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2004, 04:49:29 PM »

Oh yeah, it was bad. Like you said, Freep, interesting idea....gone wrong. Dean wasn't the only Lois And Clark alumni involved in this turkey. The "hero" was played by the kid who played Jimmy Olsen in the series.

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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2004, 05:06:55 PM »

The "hero" was played by the kid who played Jimmy Olsen in the series

Before I saw  that on IMDB, I had him pegged as sorta a low-rent Wil Wheaton (he looks a bit like a slightly bulked up Wil)

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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2004, 06:37:00 PM »

I never much cared for his portrayal of Supes,  he was too short and didn't have the hair curling onto his forehead.   Chris Reeve was the only guy that ever pulled off using the glasses as a disguise, he would change his whole posture and demeanor when he was Clark.  Cain and George Reeves pretty much kept  the same  persona  all the time.  

Cain may be in some cheapies, but in the acting world he is a success because he's working.



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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2004, 01:36:53 AM »

>Having seen him in "Dark Descent" and now Final Encounter

Gee, I'm sure any week now, SciFi will buy the rights to these two and claim that they're SciFi Originals...
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« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2004, 03:10:08 PM »

Aluminum foil on the walls, a silver football with powers, Dean Cain playing a villain.  'Nuff said.
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« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2004, 03:27:33 PM »

Yep, sounds like Superman has found his kryptonite. Yikes!

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« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2004, 05:51:13 PM »

As soon as I read that they were going to try to kill the enemy, I knew instantly that the movie would have to show how that was bad.  

Yawn.
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« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2004, 10:39:10 PM »

I'd blocked this one out of my mind until you guys resurrected the thread...

Tonight I have "Satanic Rites Of Dracula" (Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing) and "Vampire Hunter D" to finish up...

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