by Kenneth Hartford/David L. Hewitt
The Lucifer Complex.
What can I say? It really sucks. I had expected it
to be a pretty good movie because Robert Vaughn is in it. I was
pretty wrong about that, I can tell you, and if I ever do anything
really bad, and feel extremely guilty about it, I will watch this movie
again as penance. The acting is wooden the story is terrible and I
really had to force myself to endure it to the bitter end.
The movie begins by showing the viewer a man who is exploring the
mountainous regions of an unspecified island, at some unspecified
date in the future. There is a cave in the mountains and not only is it
miraculously blessed with an electricity supply, it is also filled
with computers and data storage devices. The man enters the cave and
seems to be very familiar with all of the equipment. He sits down at a
console and starts going through the information stored on laser-disc
storage devices on which, it would seem, a lot of the planet's history
is recorded in the form of movies which the man watches on one of the
monitors. At first he regards the footage from various wars and then,
perhaps getting a little bored with that, he watches some girls from
the flower-power generation as they dance their little tushes off
(possibly Woodstock). As he watches all of this—enlightened soul that
he obviously is—he seems to see all the places that man as a species
has gone wrong. Eventually he finds some footage about a secret war.
The general population never knew a thing about it, but some rather
ambitious people had tried to clone themselves a new fuehrer.
Robert Vaughn plays the secret agent that had to infiltrate the island
camp of Hitler's wannabe creators, gives them a good old sorting out
generally save the day.
As the story progresses the camera flashes back to
the cave every now
and again to remind the viewer that they are watching all of this
curtsey of the unknown man's archives. Then at the end of the film the
guy toddles off again to do some more much needed exploring of his
island and get another eyeful of the view. He seems to like
view a lot and stands staring at it all the time the end credits are
rolling. Perhaps after being subjected to The Lucifer Complex
needed to get out and get some air. I don't blame him, I felt much the
1 out of 5