Yesterday's Target

1996

Action / Drama / Sci-Fi

179
IMDb Rating 4.1 10 307

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Daniel Baldwin as Paul Harper
LeVar Burton as Winstrom
Stacy Haiduk as Jessica Harper
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733.62 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
79 min
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1.33 GB
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English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
79 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by fntstcplnt 2 / 10 / 10

Yesterday's Target (1996)

Directed by Barry Samson. Starring Daniel Baldwin, Stacy Haiduk, T.K. Carter, LeVar Burton, Malcolm McDowell, Richard Herd, Page Mosley, David Netter, Trevor Goddard, Tom Poster. (R) Time travelers with superpowers are hunted by the host of "Reading Rainbow" in this D-grade sci-fi thriller. Baldwin (who couldn't look more like his "30 Rock"-era brother, Alec, even with an assist from deepfake tech) mumbles and mutters his way through the film without a lick of charisma or earnestness; as for Burton, he trades in Geordi's visor for a cowboy hat and looks exactly as threatening with it on as you'd expect. The story tries for twists and turns by presenting the action in a non-linear fashion, but it just makes a muddle of all the goings-on; not even McDowell's hammy villain (which he can do in his sleep) can liven things up. What little action can be found is generic and poorly directed/edited. There are the kernels for a decent genre potboiler here, but don't waste your time scouring this wasteland of entertainment to find them. 17/100

Reviewed by tarbosh22000 2 / 10 / 10

Yesterday's Target is pretty darn bad.

Paul Harper (Baldwin) has telekinesis. Jessica Harper (Haiduk) can see into the future. And Carter (Carter) has flame-throwing abilities. These three unlikely allies are on the run from Winstrom (Burton) and his boss Holden (McDowell). It seems Winstrom also has special powers and is after them. Also they can travel through time and are all in our present day. It's never made completely clear why any of this is happening. Who will become Yesterday's Target? If you look up the phrase "video store shelf-filler" in the dictionary, there just might be a picture of Yesterday's Target. Also you have a pretty awesome dictionary. It's an out-and-out sci-fi slog, but the filmmakers might have figured that if they get a good cast and make sure it's 79 minutes long, viewers could tolerate anything. Well, this movie proves them wrong. The short running time, which we normally approve of (usually for action movies) seems too truncated to support a science fiction film with some complex ideas. It's choppiness would indicate that there's plenty left on the cutting room floor. As for the cast, clearly LeVar Burton was trying to shed his "Reading Rainbow" image by playing the baddie (not entirely convincingly) both here and in his episode of "Deadly Games" on TV at the time. He has an evil hat that makes him look like a sinister Herman Cain. Presumably that's all you can do to make LeVar look eVil. Malcolm McDowell does almost nothing, although in one scene there is a poster for A Clockwork Orange (1971). You can practically see director Barry Samson snickering to himself about how clever and "meta" he is. Actually, you can imagine him doing that throughout the course of this turkey. Daniel Baldwin puts forth a modicum of effort, as do Haiduk, Carter and Herd, but you can't really blame them for not bringing their A-game to this dud. Interestingly, Baldwin calls a character "Sparky". In Desert Thunder (1999) he calls someone "Slappy". Is Baldwin ad libbing this stuff? If so, are these the only ad libs he can come up with? Does he call people "Sparky" and "Slappy" in real life? What would you do if Daniel Baldwin called you one of these names? These are the true mysteries of Yesterday's Target. Special mention should go to Trevor Goddard, who we are fans of. Even his screen presence can't save things. Yesterday's Target is the type of movie that would be played on the Sci-Fi channel before they became "SyFy" and got into the whole phase of movies about dinosharks, dinocrocs, sharktopuses, sharktopiranhas, giraffehippobirds, slothtoadchickens or whatever else these geniuses deem as top-shelf Science Fiction. Asimov, Heinlein and Clarke would surely be proud. But as far as Y'sT, at least there's no CGI to screw things up even further. Adding to the annoyance is that all the characters are continually arguing, and there's little-to-no character development, so you really don't care about their plight. Yesterday's Target is pretty darn bad. Despite the cast, you'll want to avoid this one.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 2 / 10 / 10

Dreadful

YESTERDAY'S TARGET is a rubbishly little television movie detailing a plot involving time travel. The whole thing has a cheap and grainy look which has to be seen to be believed; I found the whole thing quite unwatchable. Poor old Daniel Baldwin stars and makes no impression with his acting whatsoever, while a miscast LeVar Burton hams it up a lot as the villain of the piece. The story is mindless and stupid, and the action scenes laughable.

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