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A team of highly trained operatives is trapped inside an isolated military compound after its AI is suddenly shut down. The crew begins to experience strange and horrific phenomena as it attempts to uncover what killed the previous team.
Inside the Minds of ARMED RESPONSE --Lionsgate
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Fairly decent action film, similar to some low budget indies. We really don't have any real clues as to what is going on until well into the story. Dialogue could have been better. BTW If a person leaves a classified government facility their access is removed from system and codes are changed. Just saying.
Guide: minimal F-words, no sex or nudity 3 1/2 stars
Boring and stupid blend of junk science, horror, and action (at least the poster promises action) opens with an armed military team killed methodically and easily in a secret, highly secure facility. We don't see by what, just that they are all terrified before they die. It turns out the building houses a supercomputer called Temple that is a giant lie detector that works by reading people's minds and rendering those thoughts visually. Not only that but we're eventually supposed to believe that it somehow developed God-like powers--it can read thoughts and memories even if people aren't directly connected to the computer in any way, plant specific images in people's minds in a way that suggests it understands human psychology, control other machines, physically manipulate actual matter, think for itself and make independent moral judgements.
The only way to make any of that even remotely plausible is for the film to be futuristic science fiction since nothing resembling that level of technology is close to existing or to throw in a supernatural element. Armed Response does neither so you need to be capable of an incredible amount of suspension of disbelief in order to buy any of this. Even if you do manage to accept the wildly far fetched premise Armed Response is still incredibly boring, with a script that is heavy on junk science babble and tough guy dialogue but that delivers virtually no action or suspense.
Wesley Snipes usually makes above average straight-to video films and director John Stockwell (Cat Run; Kickboxer: Vengeance) is a competent enough director but neither can overcome Armed Response's terrible script which is simply too dumb and talky to be effective.