Sci-Fi, Action | 84 mins | Released: 1989
Director: BJ Davis
Starring: Earnest Borgnine, Graham Clarke, Richard Cox, Gerry De Somma, Ken Gampu, Lisa Griffin, Brandon Lee
Laser Mission is a cold war story involving Cuba, a giant diamond and a world destroying laser keep CIA and KGB agents in action.
Laser Mission concerns a mercenary named Michael Gold (Lee) who is sent to convince Dr. Braun (Borgnine), a Laser specialist, to defect to the United States before the KGB acquire him and use both his talent and a stolen diamond to create a nuclear weapon. Dr. Braun is captured by the KGB and Gold is sent on a mission to rescue both him and the diamond. He has to enlist the help of Dr. Braun’s daughter Alissa (Debi Monahan), whom he eventually falls for. The pair confront Col. Kalishnakov (Graham Clarke), whom they kill by hitting him with a truck in the climax of this story.
Despite the name Laser Mission, there are not that many scenes in the movie depicting lasers. At least two scenes feature lasers, as Michael Gold sets off a laser guided motion detector. The film was also featured on the third episode of the second season of This Movie Sucks! with Ed the Sock, Liana K and Ron Sparks making fun of it, most notably making reference to Borgnine’s advanced age and the ridiculousness of the plot.
The movie debuted in the United States direct-to-video four years before The Crow. After Brandon Lee’s untimely death in an accident on the set of The Crow, movies such as Laser Mission saw a surge in video sales.