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Missing Memory

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Plot Overview

crucifiedTom Tomashevsky was recruited to the FBI out of college, given special training, and assigned under­cover work for his facility with languages—his grand­mother was Russian and he speaks fair Spanish, too. He had his growing family set up for Witness Protection when he infiltrated the Russian mob. He earned the mob's trust enough to let him broker a deal of drugs for cash with a Mexican cartel. His immediate super­visor agent Mason Reese (Adam Beach) had him stiff the Mexicans in the exchange starting a gang war to flush out a putative mole in the FBI. The fibbies think the money is gone, Reese doesn't know where Tom stashed it, the Russkies are looking for Tom, and Tom now suffering from amnesia doesn't remember much of any­thing. He's become a drifter running into rough receptions from people he can't even remember.

woman teacherPsychiatrist and lecturer Dr. Grace Bishop (Erica Cerra) had analyzed him before he fled. Her assessment is that he's suffering from a disassociative fugue caused by some unknown trauma. It's as author Steve Martini wrote, “It's often said that you can key the loss of mental facilities to a singular traumatic event, a fall, an accident, a change of habitat” (201). He's trying to reintegrate his persona from snatches of memory, complicated by his multiple identities from using—to borrow a line from Martini—“more aliases than there are characters in a Tolstoy novel” (55). Dr. Bishop is now the only friend he's got, and the FBI is using her relentless search for the guy to help them trace him.


Tom is routinely assaulted, threatened, and beat up. He fights back but only to get away. He doesn't know why he's so unpopular, but he's on his way to finding out. It's as the proverb (Prov. 30:33) says, “Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.” Churn that milk long enough, and it changes into butter. Rub a guy the wrong way over time, and he's liable to harden into anger. Same as if you hit him on the nose, he'll bleed. Needing work Tom, calling him­self Jake, asks Russian skipper Mikhail (Stephen Dimopoulos) on the docks of Coos Bay, Oregon, if his east coast work lobstering lobster would qualify him. “Huh,” replies Mikhail, “Well, here we are salmon, sable­fish, some sword­fish, occasional squid.” shark Jake replies, “I can handle nets if that's what you're fishing for.” Trawl those deep waters time after time and you'll pull up sea life. The way people keep after Tom, some­thing critical is bound to get dredged up from his memory, while his face is bleeding, and then right hand it's time for him to make a thumbs-up or thumbs-down decision regarding his adversaries.

Production Values

” (video 2010) was directed by Robert Lieberman. It was written by Timothy Scott Bogart. It stars Steve Austin, Erica Cerra and Adam Beach. Austin's acting was the high point of this mediocre film. Still, he was miscast for his lack of eastern/collegiate diction, lips especially in the argument with his well-spoken wife. He sounds more like a professional wrestler turned actor than a college grad recruit. And the little lady should have known the lunk wouldn't settle for some office job. The Doctor played by Erica Cerra was easy on the eyes. Adam Beach did a good job playing a thorn-in-the-side agent. The other actors survived their minor parts with­out much to recommend them.

MPAA rated it R for violence and some language. It was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The frames were close making it feel claustro­phobic, even in the big city or on the coast. The camera was shaken during the action scenes, and we were bombarded with images for the memory ones. Its runtime is 1½ hours.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

Here's one to be viewed for mundane entertainment, not an elevating experience. If all you're looking to see is some mental case getting slapped around until he wakes up, this one is for you. It's a solid B–film having been shot well on a low budget in a hurry. See it when you don't want to be challenged.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Decent action scenes. Suitability For Children: Not Suitable for Children of Any Age. Special effects: Well, at least you can't see the strings. Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Three stars out of five.

Works Cited

Scripture is quoted from the King James Version. Pub. 1611, rev. 1769. Software.

Martini, Steve. Compelling Evidence. Copyright © 1992 by Steven Paul Martini, Inc. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1992. Print.