The blockbuster action thriller genre is ripe for sending up, but this lazy effort has to go down as a miss despite the presence of spoofmeister Leslie Nielsen.
The basic story is firmly rooted in James Bond – Nielsen is superagent Dick Steele (codename WD-40) battling supervillain General Rancor (Andy Griffith) – but to ensure all the bases are covered director Rick Friedberg tosses in largely irrelevant send-ups of Speed (1994), Pulp Fiction (1994) and In the Line of Duty.
The cast – which includes Charles Durning and Nicollette Sheridan, plus cameos from Robert Culp and Fabio – tries hard but is defeated by the determinedly juvenile script.
Incidentally, the Bond-style soundtrack is by Bill Conti, who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated title track of For Your Eyes Only (1981).
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