Picks and Pans Review: Chameleon Iii: Dark Angel

updated 05/15/2000 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/15/2000 01:00AM

UPN (Fit, May 19, 8 p.m. ET)

Ever get the feeling that TV movie trends are passing you by? This is the second Chameleon sequel to air in the 1999-2000 season under UPN's "Shockwave Cinema" banner, so I'm terribly late catching up with Kam (Bobbie Phillips), a genetically engineered agent for the International Bureau of Investigation in that wonderful year 2020. Kam likes to kick the tails of wrongdoers while clad in skintight black leather. Hey, what woman doesn't? But Kam's a little different. She's mostly human—enough to be sexually involved with her boss—but enhanced with traits from the cougar, the falcon and the chameleon. Chameleon III offers no fewer than four wild brawls between Kam and evil twin brother Kane (Alex Kuzelicki), whose muscular human body comes with characteristics of the wolf, the lizard and the bat. Being part mouse, I found the violence excessive. The vilest of the villains (the baldy with the scarred forehead) doesn't need to shoot an inefficient flunky 12 times. A few tongue-in-cheek moments don't justify the body count.

Bottom Line: III's no charm

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