With a spate of violence that rocks the inner city, L.A.P.D. and ex-Marine John Kross investigates its cause: a new drug called Chaos. With help from his partner Carpenter, they delve into the mystery, only to discover a link between the drug and a terrifying supernatural power unleashed during the gulf war, witnessed by Kross twelve years ago. Now, Kross must race against time to stop the destruction, battle his own demons and come to grips with his destiny as he discovers that his reality has been mapped by a power much greater than himself.
Directed by: John Terlesky
. Starring: Mario Van Peebles
, James Remar
, Stacy Oversier
, Daniel Hugh Kelly
, Karina Lombard
, Michael Chinyamurindi
, Phyllis Lyons
, Nancy La Scala
, Dey Young
, J.R. Cacia
, Steve Zad
, Marshall Manesh
. Music by: Joseph Williams
Guardian starts in 'Feburary 1991 Southern Iraq' where archaeologist Aaron Lichtmann (Todd McKee) uncovers an ancient artifact, however the Iraqi workers on the dig turn on Lichtmann fearing the artifact as an evil prophecy. Lichtmann is shot dead, US special forces agent John Kross (Mario Van Peebles) tries to save Lichtmann's wife (Phyllis Lyons) who has just given birth but is attacked by a mysterious woman who carves ancient symbols into his chest before he is rescued. Jump forward to 'Los Angeles 12 Years Later' where Kross is now a LAPD detective & is working on a drugs case trying to stop a new narcotic called 'Chaos' which turns users into killers. However a woman named Selene (Stacy Oversier) contacts him & says that a demon named Telal has is loose & is trying to kill the only person who can stop him, David (Steve Zad) the son of Aaron who Kross saved. She also tells Kross that he is the 'Guardian' of David & he must help defeat the demon Telal, understandably Kross is unconvinced at first...
Co-written directed by John Terlesky I thought Guardian was yet another low budget totally forgettable horror film that ultimately didn't do much for me. The script by Terlesky, Gary J. Tunnicliffe & Jeff Yagher is as much a crime thriller as horror although the connection between the drugs & horror elements didn't gel for me, the film starts out heavy on the drugs side of the story but then that gets forgotten about as the demon possession story comes to the surface. It's a bit uneven to watch but at least it tries something a bit different which is to be applauded. The character's aren't anything special & the dialogue isn't any better. It's a little on the slow side apart from a few low key action scenes, to be honest it's not a great film although it's far from terrible. I mean I only watched it last night & I've already pretty much forgotten all about it, there isn't much more I can say about it except that it's average at best.
Director Terlesky does OK, it's reasonably well made but it's nothing special. There's no style or visual flair & it's all rather flat & bland, it looks a bit like a cheap TV show. There are no traditional jumps or scares in a horror film sense & the action scenes were obviously hampered by the low budget as they aren't very good. Forget about any gore because there isn't any, apart from some shoot outs there isn't even any decent violence either.
Technically the film is OK, it's not going to win any awards but at least it's competent. The acting isn't great although Van Peebles is alright, villain for hire Ice-T makes an appearance & he puts in his usual swear word filled performance.
Guardian is an OK film, it's nothing special but at the same time it'll pass 90 odd minutes if your not to demanding. What else can I say? I can't recommend it but it's not as bad as some low budget horror films out there.
Review by Paul Andrews from the Internet Movie Database.