Eve of Destruction

Dir: Duncan Gibbons
Star: Renee Soutendijk, Gregory Hines, Kevin McCarthy, Ross Malinger

[11] The latest entry in the 'fetish thriller' sub-genre (check out the video cover, right) has Soutendijk playing both a scientist and the robot, Eve, she's developing, loaded with her memories. After being shot in a bank robbery during testing, Eve goes AWOL and starts re-enacting her creator's life the way it 'should' have been. Hines is the army man called in to track Eve, since she also happens to carry a ticking nuclear device. Lots of good touches: Eve's shredding of any man who uses the word 'bitch' (fortunately, she doesn't meet Ice T), Hines' nicely cynical edge, and Soutendijk (as Eve) brings much the same weirdness to her role as she did in The Fourth Man. While these parts doesn't really gel to anything more than entertainment, I've seen a lot worse.


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