Sci-Fighters; Marked Man
Pro wrestler ”Rowdy” Roddy Piper may not have much acting range, but he sure can run the gamut of straight-to-tape action stereotypes. Indeed, with his latest, typically generic adventures, he stretches all the way from hunter to hunted. In Sci-Fighters, he’s a futuristic cop chasing a serial rapist who has escaped from a moon-based prison to spread an icky alien virus all over Boston. In Marked Man, he’s a framed-for-murder con who breaks out of jail to clear his name. Derivative as these vehicles are — Sci-Fighters is a blatant Alien/Blade Runner rip-off, Marked Man is a very poor man’s The Fugitive — both muck up can’t-miss formulas, adding convoluted twists to their simplistic story lines. Yet Piper stays on course, steadfastly slugging away. That doesn’t actually improve these movies, but it does keep them moving.