The Story: Dan W. Jericho, a low-level government analyst, finds a mysterious program named 'Suspect Device' on his computer. At that moment, an armed terrorist team breaks in & massacres everyone in the building except for Dan. On the run, with armed assassins from the CIA's Gamma dark ops division after him, Dan discovers that nobody knows him & that he has the fighting skills of a martial arts master. After tracking down a college girlfriend, Dan finds out that he is an indestructible cyborg with a small nuclear bomb in his skull.
Sometimes you never know when you find a decent film while shopping for bargain-basement DVDs. After buying a box-set of ten cheap action films for ten dollars, I wasn't expecting much. True, eight of the films were crappy military-themed actioners from the Royal Oaks stable, but the remaining two, "Dark Breed" & "Suspect Device", were surprisingly good. I liked them so much that I bought them on their own (for $2 each).
"Suspect Device" at first starts off like just another action cheapie from the studios of Roger Corman. There's a very badly directed scene involving a poker game between friends being interrupted by heavily armed terrorists who gun down everyone, only for us to discover that it's a dream, followed by a cheap sex scene with C. Thomas Howell banging a blonde with massive breasts. Sure enough, the action scenes in this film are quite silly, with Howell shooting bad guys in the open, with no visible cover.
In the final half hour, the film changes from being a rip-off of "Three Days of the Condor" to being a quite original film involving nuclear-armed cyborgs. There's a cool moment when Howell's body spits out bullets & heals in a few seconds. I was quite surprised. There are a few plot holes in the script, for example, we never know which parts of Howell's life are real or fantasy, but that does not detract from the film too much.
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