I just got around to watching the SciFi Original Movie Painkiller Jane. I’ve wanted to see it for over a year… ever since seeing a short promo for it during a longer SciFi Channel promo narrated by Sean Bean when it aired during the first airing of the miniseries for the new Battlestar Galactica.
The premise was interesting, but I was not entirely thrilled by the presentation.
Basic story: A female soldier exposed to a biological agent becomes impervious to physical damage, instead of dying a near-instant hemorraghic death like the rest of her squad. The Army wants to find out what agent infected her so they can duplicate the results (fully healing from bullet wounds in five days could be useful to them). Chaos ensues when she escapes the Army to figure out who caused the death of her team, and kill them in revenge. Oh, and there’s a mysterious biological warfare expert wandering the world trying to perfect a bioweapon, and he’s interested in the side effects his creation caused in Jane.
Sounds like it could have been a damn fine film, but it was so dry and lifeless that it didn’t hook me as it should have. I saw two of the surprise plot twists coming a mile away, so that was a disappointment that I figured them out so quickly.
It was based on a comic, and now I’m curious to find out more about that comic. I’m mostly curious to find out if anything was left out, because I can’t fathom any other reason why the movie was so dry and almost ploddingly boring.