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Blue Tornado (1991)
When his best buddy (Ted McGinley) disappears in a cloud of flying
light blobs, NATO flier Alex Long (Dirk Benedict) becomes obsessed with
UFOs and initiates further close encounters, irking his cover-up-minded
superiors (including an underused David Warner). Finally, Alex climbs
a European mountain on foot and has the feeblest imaginable alien epiphany.
With a proliferation of barking Euro-accents, one of Patsy Kensit's
trademarked embarrassing heroine performances and acres of Top
Gun-style stock flying footage, this hardware-heavy aviation
movie is more reminiscent of the very uninteresting Project
UFO TV series, with simple (and cheap) bright lights in place
of even cheesy alien effects, than the 1990s reincarnation of the UFO
investigation-government conspiracy drama in The X-Files.
Benedict has at least had a decent haircut since Battlestar
Galactica (1978) but still acts like a square-jawed sequoia;
subsequently, he starred in the similar, slightly better cable TV movie
Official Denial (1993). Directed by Antonio Bido (under
the silly assumed name Tony B. Bobb), returning to the fold a decade
after his gialli, Solamente nero (The
Bloodstained Shadow) and Il gatto dagli occhi di giada
(The Cat's Victims).
First published in this form here.
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