Task Force 2001 (2000)

Even though it’s a Kushner-Locke kidvid, it’s not shot in Romania; that’s something to cheer right there. Instead of being the standard watered-down sci-fi/fantasy storyline, it’s an adolescent espionage caper, meant to be the adolescent version of the Mission: Impossible films (this is before the Spy Kids and Agent: Cody Banks franchises hit the theaters). There are even signs that it was meant to be the kickoff of a series. Does this mean that this production breaks out of the pattern of unambitious, lowest-common-denominator suckage that characterizes most of the Kushner-Locke/Charles Band productions of the late ’90s?