Action Movie Fanatix Review: Adrenalin: Fear the Rush

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If He’s Not Dead By Dawn… We Are.

Starring: Christopher Lambert, Natasha Henstridge

Director: Albert Pyun

1996  |  76 Minutes  |  Rated R

“No one saw it coming, we were all looking out for big things.” – Delon

I’ve always been a fan of Christopher Lambert.  And who isn’t a fan of Natasha Henstridge.  Am I right?  Lambert.  Henstridge.  Together at last.  Adrenalin: Fear the Rush.

The year is 2007 and a deadly virus has broken out across Eastern Europe killing massive numbers of people.  America has been able to avoid a breakout through the use of quarantine zones.  One murderer has the disease and is loose in 2007 Boston.  It is up to a team of police officers led by Lemieux (Christopher Lambert) and Delon (Natasha Henstridge) to stop him before he is able to kill again and spread the virus.

I love going back and watching movies that were views of the future that we have since passed.  There isn’t anything here that is too crazy here but it is always funny to see a movie that says a disease broke out across the world in 2007 and here we are 6 years later with no such disease.  Not that I am complaining…

It had been a while since I had watched a Christopher Lambert movie and I realized I missed his raspy whisper.

Natasha Henstridge is never once believable as a cop.  She jumps at the slightest sound and starts firing her gun blindly into the dark wasting all of her ammo.  She does this multiple times and only survives because the mutant goes after the other people more than her.

The murdering mutant looks a little like a skulleted version of the vampire zombies from I Am Legend but he’s a little less bitey and a lot more stabby.  Every appearance he makes is accompanied by a horror movie screeching, fingernails on a chalkboard sound.

If you aren’t sick of the screeching sound effect by halfway through the movie you must be deaf.  Every time someone or something comes around a corner it screeches to make us think it might be the mutant.

The movie plays out without any jumps or major cutaways.  Once Lemieux arrives on scene they are in a continuous chase through the catacombs of an old abandoned prison.  It actually gets old.  Four people chasing one person through what looks like a sewer, occasionally getting shot or stabbed and shooting their own guns into the darkness for an hour.  That is the

For a movie called Adrenalin I found it to be lacking in heart pounding action.  Sure guns are shot and people get stabbed but there definitely wasn’t a time where I found myself glued to my screen.

I never felt any sort of a rush while watching this so I certainly couldn’t Fear the Rush as the title demands.  It is just one long action/horror scene in a sewer or a prison or something.  Even though it is one long scene it is actually a very short movie.  That is probably the only redeeming quality here.  You don’t have to suffer for long.

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