Sometime in the late 1990’s I was watching TNT’s monster/sci-fi Friday movie of the week when this movie came on. It’s one of the best B-movie’s I have ever scene. It took some time, but I finally tracked it down a couple of years later. It’s not well known, but I always try to include it on my favorites lists.
The movie begins in the 23rd century with a trooper named Jack Deth played by Tim Thomerson. He lost his wife to a trancer. He tracked down and killed Whistler who turns squids (simple minded folk) into trancers (zombie like soldiers who pass for normal until needed). Now he just wants to be left alone in his misery, divining in the sunken remains of Los Angeles. However, when it turns out that Whistler is still alive and has gone down the line to the 20th century to kill the ancestors of certain leaders, Jack is called upon to go back and stop him.
So they inject him and he awakes in the body of his ancestor Phil. Unfortunately, he has popped in shortly after Phil has just had sex with Leena played by Helen Hunt. That’s happens again to him later in the film. Whistler is here, but he is in the body of a police detective. Thus, the hunt for the leader’s ancestors and the running from Whistler begins.
The movie is done in very noirish style complete with the hard boiled Jack Deth, smoking, trench coats, and just about every other film noir trapping they could stick into a sci-fi context including some of my favorite movie lines:
“I’m from another time, another world. I don’t even know what you people eat for lunch.”
“Beef? You mean like from a cow?”
“-And I charged dinner. I hope that’s ok.
-Phil won’t mind. We’ll call it my inheritance.”
I consider this to be one of my personal discoveries and I highly recommend it to anyone who’ll listen.