Movies and Film

When Size Doesn’t Matter – Dollman (1991)

In Albert Pyun’s Dollman, it finds a space cop by the name of Brick Bardo who wields a Kruger Blaster, one of the most powerful handguns around, stopping a hostage situation. After being somewhat successful he is soon thrust into a battle with his nemesis Sprug who happens to be a floating head and when Sprug escapes in his ship, Brick gives chase. Eventually the two pass through some strange energy and land upon the planet Earth, shrunk down to a fraction of their original size so that those that surround them seem like giants. Now Brick not only has to deal with Sprug, but survive his surroundings and a gang of thugs to boot.

With this film, Full Moon delivers one of their best despite being direct-to-video and being overly cheesy at times. Starring none other than Tim Thomerson in the lead role, the one-time Jack Deth now Brick Bardo does a great job in the role, though to be fair, it is essentially the same character he played in Trancers, simply a different setting and story. That being said, Thomerson was born to play the tough, grizzled cop who only cares for himself and the script, at least when it comes to Thomerson, plays to his strengths with some great one-liners where the man gets to show off that perfect dry wit to deadly effect. Also appearing is Jackie Earle Haley in an early role as gang member Braxton Red and Kamala Lopez-Dawson as the woman Brick meets upon arriving on the planet. Thomerson is the glue that holds everything together, the man’s talent drawing viewers in and as for the rest of the cast, they do a competent job at selling the rest of the film, though not much more than that.

Some of that previously mentioned cheese comes into play with villain Sprug, who looks both ridiculous yet quite good as the practical effects were surprisingly well done. Those effects also come into play in one of the very best scenes in the film which took place when the ships passed through the energy band with Thomerson hamming it up perfectly as his body goes through some very turbulent changes. The only time where they failed to make an impression were the models used for the spaceships, the two of them looking more like cheap toys than anything else. Still, for a science-fiction film, Full Moon made it all look a cut above the usual B feature which definitely helped and offset any of the other weaknesses present.

Unsurprisingly, this movie would not be Dollman’s only appearance as Full Moon and Charles Band were able to recognise a good thing when they saw it. So it is that the film is left wide open for a sequel, but it does leave the viewer with a couple of questions, such as wondering if Bardo will ever get back to his home planet and will he ever regain his proper proportions. As it is though, Dollman turns out to be a lot of fun and is sure to delight with Thomerson at the top of his game.

3.5 out of 5

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