Picks and Pans Review: Race Against Time
updated 07/24/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/24/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT
It is now 2008, and the Supreme Court has established an "inalienable right to death." A single dad (Eric Roberts) can't afford a vaccine for his critically ill son, so he strikes a $300,000 bargain with a sinister health-care corporation: "You're buyin' my body; you give me a year, then you carve me up for parts." But the boy is pronounced dead before the ink is dry on the contract, and Roberts—after throwing down the dirty money—goes on the lam to save his own life.
Semi-serious sci-fi with something to say about medical ethics? No, simply a pulp thriller that will hold your interest with increasingly over-the-top action. The hero hooks up with an attractive bounty hunter (Sarah Wynter), and they foil the evil designs of the corporation's unscrupulous leader (Chris Sarandon) and his snide enforcer (Cary Elwes). Roberts and Elwes wind up duking it out in an elevator shaft, jumping from car to car and dedicating their punches ("This is for Alex!"—pow!). As for Sarandon's character, his name is Dr. Stofeles. The first name's not Mephi, but this devil is certainly going to hell.
Bottom Line: It moves, if nothing else