Starring: James Belushi, Kylie Travis and Frank Whaley
RRP: 12.99
Certificate: 18
Available 11 April 2005

Karen Warren is a beautiful hostage negotiator trying to escape a tragic past. But her desperate flight leads to an even greater horror when she finds herself stranded on a deserted highway and at the mercy of a violent psychopath who commits a brutal murder right before her eyes. But this time, Karen gets a second chance. Stumbling upon an isolated research centre, Karen meets a brilliant young scientist, and discovers a top-secret device that gives her the opportunity to stop the savage rampage before it begins!...

Don't you just love action movies of the '80s, with all that over-the-top violence, one-dimensional characters and superficial scripts? Retroactive is no exception. Wait a moment... this film was made in 1997!

Brutal violence with the embellishment of a poor-man's Back to the Future plot-line is Retroactive in a nutshell. However, it is strangely watchable, thanks in main to James Belushi's deliciously deranged villain. And even though our heroine keeps going back in time to the same point, the viewer's boredom that could arise from such repetition is kept in check by the director's inventiveness.

Praise is also due to Kylie Travis as Karen Warren. As yet another tough female character facing seemingly insurmountable odds, Travis plays the part convincingly. Her various emotional states are effectively communicated, and certainly add to the film's tension. Unfortunately, Frank Whaley as the scientist fares less well, his acting being rather flat, and his character having little to do.

For a night's entertainment, Retroactive will satisfy.

Jeff Watson

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