Sunday, April 24, 2011

UKM: The Ultimate Killing Machine (2006)

Michael Madsen in a movie that only gets a 3.1 on IMDB?  Say it ain't so. 

UKM is a movie about military experiments.  I don't know much about the intricate details of the military, so I'm not biased as it relates to accuracy in this flick.  Basically, a secret government organization is trying to create soldiers that are ultimate killing machines.  They tried it with experienced soldier, but it didn't work out so well.  So they recruit a bunch of nobodies, including runaways, fugitives, and drug addicts, to join in the program.

The test subjects are quarantined in some random facility, have the procedure performed on them, and then are strapped to gurneys.  Some idiot tries to sexually assault one of the subjects, and she beats the crap out of him and lets everyone free. 

This "escape" seems almost deliberately planned in order to see how the recruits will act when let loose in the world.  In addition to the desire to kill kill kill, they also become horny and start jumping all over each other.  The major (Michael Madsen) informs them of the experiment, expressing that they can avoid all the dramz by avoiding "getting excited."  Easier said than done.

Of course, there's a ridiculous amount of nonsense in this movie.  A crack addict is in a brand-new Victoria's Secret bra and panty set.  A hipster is an ever-willing Army recruit.  People are allowed to take Army photos while flipping off the camera.  But everyone is hot (girls and guys) and there's blood, gore, decapitation,  and general awesomeness.

Apparently Michael Madsen is busting ass to get to 200 movies, which is why he seems to be appearing in every movie possible (House, anyone?) .  I don't hate on that.  It made several people's careers, including Danny Trejo, Bill Moseley (in the horror world) and probably eventually Danielle Harris.  If you're not going to walk every red carpet like Brad and Angie, I say go balls out and be in every movie you can.  Madsen, I salute you.

I really didn't hate this movie.   It wasn't the best thing I've ever seen but it certainly wasn't the worst.   Maybe I'm still flying high off of Jack Kilborn's Afraid (I'll do a post soon, I promise!) but this flick was acceptable in my book.  Nothing awesome, but we've got Madsen, head choppings, and 20-somethings can't hope for much more on Easter Sunday ;)