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synopsis : a maniac , crazed by virulent microphage , slaughters more than twenty people , including a street gang and heavily-armed troops , with a small knife .
even with a handgun , however , he can't take out the two cops who are after him , despite having shot one of them a total of seven times .
comments : the most notable aspect of adrenalin : fear the rush is that it marks a striking career move for natasha henstridge .
not only does she manage to keep all her clothes on ( her trademark in earlier films such as species and maximum risk was to strip naked as often as possible ) , but she actually puts on even more clothes as the film progresses .
this will probably disappoint many henstridge fans , but i welcome the change because henstridge is an attractive , capable actress who deserves less exploitative roles ( though , i admit , it doesn't show in this mess ) .
henstridge , just like every other actor in the film , delivers a wooden performance in this monumental turkey .
( the cast also includes christopher lambert , who has appeared in the highlander and mortal kombat films . )
how on earth this movie got two big-name stars to appear in it is beyond me .
adrenalin : fear the rush is set in boston ten years in the future ( 2007 ) .
boston has changed dramatically in those ten years .
it is now home to a bunch of interred foreigners and policed by cops who drive around in small cars with " policia " printed on their doors .
some guy has a really bad virus , and he's killing people because of it .
so , the brave good guys ( lambert and henstridge ) go after him .
that's it .
76 minutes never seemed so long .
this is a drawn-out chase scene through dimly-lit abandoned buildings turned into an entire movie .
the plot development is nil ; we learn absolutely nothing about lambert's character and very little about henstridge's character .
the dialogue is littered with unnecessary obscenities and concerns mindnumbingly idiotic arguments over who will go down the next dark corridor/tunnel/airduct next and who will carry the flashlight .
a subplot does exist involving henstridge's character's illegal attempt to get her son out of boston .
in her opening monologue , a monologue which sounds as though henstridge was reading from cue cards , we learn that she has gone to great lengths to secure a fake passport for her son .
twenty minutes into the film , i wondered if the movie would have been better if it focused on this plot .
in a defining scene of the movie , however , i changed my mind .
this fake passport drops to the ground .
lambert's cop immediately recognizes it as a fraud from six feet away .
must not have been a good fake .
this emphasizes another fault with the film .
things just defy common sense .
lambert's cop , for instance , is shot seven times , yet he is still able to talk and slide about .
adrenalin : fear the rush ends in a trite manner that doesn't seem to even fit the mood that the filmmakers were trying for .
i found myself rather bored with this film , which will disappoint both sci-fi/horror fans and fans of henstridge and lambert .
don't fear the rush .
fear the movie .
watch something else .
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