Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 19th, 2007
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1992
Director: Joseph Merhi
Cast: Lorenzo Lamas, O.J. Simpson, Kathleen Kinmont, Pam Dixon, Alex Cord, Michael Bailey Smith, Jeff Griggs, Stephen Quardros
DVD released: May 22th, 2003
Approximate running time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
DVD Release: Madacy
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $9.98
Victor Mahler and his gang of thieves are behind the stealing of a government microchip that in the wrong hands its secrets could be deadly. Alexa (Kathleen Kinmont) is one of Mahler’s operatives who during her last job was caught by the cops and turned over to a C.I.A. agent named Mark Graver (Lorenzo Lamas). The C.I.A. wants Alexa to help them recover the stolen microchip and they use her daughter as collateral to get her to do the job. Stealing back the microchip from Mahler doesn’t sit well with him so her kidnaps Alexa’s daughter who is willing to exchange for the microchip. Will Mahler keeps his word or will he double cross Alexa?
In the early 1990’s Lorenzo Lamas was just starting to carve his niche as a direct to video action star. C.I.A. Codename: Alexa was made shortly before and released after the series premiere of Renegade a T.V. series which would solidify Lamas’s place as an action hero. A year later in 1994 Kathleen Kinmont would reprise the Alexa role in CIA II: Target Alexa and Lorenzo Lamas would also return as a co-star and the films director.
Lorenzo Lamas has a prominent role in the film, still the real star of C.I.A. Codename: Alexa is Kathleen Kinmont who was married to Lorenzo Lamas while making this film. Kinmont does a superb job as Alexa including during the more action oriented moments. Then there is O.J. Simpson playing a cop (once again) who no matter how hard he tries he always gives a dead plan expression with a monotone response. Simpson as always is laughable and some of his dialog is oddly prophetic.
The action scenes have some solid moments with one of the best coming near the end of the film where Lamas fights one of the oversized buffed bad guys in the tunnels below the airport. The story is downright absurd and hard to believe despite the actors’ trying their best to convince us. The dialog is one of the best parts of the film and it is unintentionally funny even though it was meant to be taken more seriously. Overall C.I.A. Codename: Alexa is a good action film that overcomes many of its flaws and in the end actually is more entertaining then most of its ilk.
C.I.A. Codename: Alex is an average transfer that presents the film in a 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio. The image is clean and free of any print damage with most scenes looking sharp and crisp. Colors and flesh tone look strong and accurate. Overall this is an above average transfer.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Outside of the sound sounding a tad hollow at times there are no problems with diction or any other sound defects.
Extras for this release consist of a trailer for C.I.A. Codename: Alex and a collection of trailers for other titles also available from Madacy Entertainment.
C.I.A. Codename: Alex is one of the better straight to video action features that Lorenzo Lamas has made and Madacy Entertainment’s DVD while not a definitive version is still a nice alternative that is available at an affordable price.