Format: Amazon Prime
Decade: very, very 1980's
Director: Harley Cokeliss
When you're a kid, you kinda like everything you see, and then - one day - you admit "that... maybe was sort of boring, or not what I wanted to watch". The excitement of "movie" fades away, and you're admitting to yourself - even if the poster contained a cool car, a cool dude and a pretty lady, maybe that movie was not as good as the poster promised.
I don't remember anything about Black Moon Rising (1986) from when I watched it on cable or VHS as a kid except that I didn't much care for it. Well, I'd totally forgotten that the movie had any other known actors other than a pre-fame Tommy Lee Jones, but I was looking at it for a Friday night watch party and realized "oh, wow, this has Linda Hamilton!" And I like me some Linda Hamilton.
Anyway - Linda Hamilton is probably one of two reasons to watch this movie. She's doing her best in a movie that flatly doesn't deserve it. She's wearing a crazy wig in the first scenes, so don't freak out when you see her in a doofy haircut. The other reason is to see the kooky car they cast as The Black Moon.*
A deeply NOT street legal vehicle that looks designed to murder pedestrians and corner poorly, The Black Moon has turbo-boost, something we'd all seen on Knight Rider for years by the time this movie came out.
Really, aside from Linda Hamilton's briefly glimpsed self, it feels a bit like a network TV movie.
What's most alarming is that the titular car of the film is barely in the movie - you see more of Jackie Chan's supercar in Cannonball Run II. And, as I mentioned, the movie doesn't do much with the car being "super". In the same era as Blue Thunder, Air Wolf, Knight Rider, Street Hawk, etc... putting a car out there as the central conceit better have *some* hook. But, really, this movie is about the car getting boosted by Robert Vaughn's apparently wildly profitable car theft ring - a business so profitable I think they're suggesting he's building two skyscrapers in LA on the profits.
Jones plays a thief in the employ of the US government who has stolen some data from Lee Ving of punk band Fear and, stumbling across the team bringing The Black Moon to LA to show it to investors, hides the data in the car...
You know what? This movie isn't really worth a synopsis. I can't recommend it. It's slow as a heist movie, Jones isn't even great. I read he was boozing a bit during this time, and that may be it. Hamilton is fine, but she can't save this wreck.
But, yeah: Robert Vaughn, Linda Hamilton, Tommy Lee Jones, Bubba Smith, Lee Ving, Richard Jaeckel, William Sanderson, Keenan Wynn, a baby Nick Cassavetes... it's kind of wild seeing all the folks go by. The movie has a writing credit by John Carpenter, and advertised itself as "from the mind of", but it's telling that imdb trivia states he'd never seen it.
Oh well. We can all still like Linda Hamilton.
*the wacky looking car is actually a fake version of the 1980 Wingho Concordia II, a real and unique car.