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Gregory Hines is about to shoot some mechanical ass.
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Eve of Destruction is a 1991 sci-fi action film.

EVE VIII, a prototype war model gynoid is damaged on a field exercise and proceeds to go rogue. EVE, who was modelled after her creator Dr. Eve Simmons (Renée Soutendijk), is armed with a thermonuclear device that will detonate if not properly disposed. The army calls in their best counter-terrorism export Col. Jim McQuade (Gregory Hines) to stop EVE.


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This film provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear: A divorced mother finds out that someone entered her former husband's home, killed him and abducted her child, guided by deranged "motherly impulses". That it's a robotic clone of herself acting upon misguided Mama Bear memories obtained by Brain Uploading and is a walking nuclear weapon is just sci-fi seasoning.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Justified Trope. EVE, a nuclear-armed combat gynoid, is damaged during a bank robbery gone wrong and goes on a rampage. She's not designed to be evil, but will fulfill what turns out to be Dr. Simmons' deepest desires with unrelenting brutality if needs be. Her confusion and emotional distress even render her something of a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
  • Alcoholic Parent: Dr. Eve Simmons' father was an abusive alcoholic who eventually killed her mother by pushing her into traffic. Because EVE is made in the doctor's likeness and implanted with her memories, she tracks "her" father down and kills him.
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  • Ask a Stupid Question...: Counter-terrorist expert Jim McQuade is recruited by a scientist to hunt down a nuclear-armed android. At one point the scientist asks McQuade what his specialty is. Before telling his military credentials, McQuade snarks, "My specialty is a spinach lasagna in a tomato-basil sauce."
  • Bank Robbery: EVE and her handler are out on a field mission when they get caught in the middle of a bank robbery. The robbers kill EVE's handler and damage EVE herself, causing her to go into permanent combat mode.
  • Berserk Button: "Bitch" from a man, for EVE VIII, due to memories of Eve's father calling her and her mom that.
  • Binocular Shot: Used when the military is searching New York City for EVE VIII.
  • Bond One-Liner: After Dr. Simmons and McQuade finally disable EVE right before the nuke inside her goes off.
    McQuade: Guess you finally found the fucking off-switch on her.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Zig-zagged. EVE VIII steals some boxes of ammunition from an gun shop and is seen reloading her stolen Uzi a few times during the film (And she eventually tuns out during the climax), but every single gunfight has her blazing away with more bullets than a Mini-Uzi actually holds.
  • Brain Uploading: EVE VIII being implanted with Eve Simmons' memories. As a result, after going rogue she wanders around trying to fulfill the doctor's deepest desires, including her teenage sex fantasies, her want to confront her Disappeared Dad, and her wish to spend more time with her son... which involves marching into her divorced husband's home, killing him, and kidnapping the kid, risking putting him at point-blank range of a nuclear explosion, as well as lots of murder spread throughout three or four different states.
    McQuade, after being told of this by Dr. Simmons: Ok, you will tell me everything. What you like to eat, what you ever wanted to do, and if necessary, how you prefer getting laid!
  • Colonel Badass: Colonel Jim McQuade to a realistic degree. An army veteran, expert marksman and counter-terrorism expert, he's the guy the government calls in to take down a rogue killer android, but he does get pretty banged up over the course of the film.
  • Cool Guns: Colonel McQuade's long-slide LAR Grizzly pistol (with a Laser Sight that is as big as the gun itself). The pistol's long barrel comes in handy eventually (as mentioned on "Eye Scream" below).
  • Danger Room Cold Open: A group of commandos storm a compound to save a group of hostages, only to get themselves all killed by a hostage taker who disguised himself as one of the hostages. The man who played the part, their instructor Col. McQuade, reveals this to be a training scenario to prep his men for an ongoing real life hostage crisis, and his recruits abysmally failed the mission.
  • Destination Defenestration: The Bank Robbery is foiled by EVE VIII after she hurls a bank robber out a window.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: As a result of her combat programming (and Dr. Simmons' own deep psychological issues), EVE VIII is very thin-skinned. Any attempt to stop her of getting what she wants or insulting her (especially being called a "bitch") is met with brutal murder.
  • Eye Scream: The titular rogue android can only be killed through the eye, as the rest of the head containing her main processor is armored. McQuade thought only one shot was needed, but ultimately both eyes needed to be attacked. Out of ammo after he shoots out one eye, Dr. Simmons rams the barrel of his gun into the second eye.
  • Fan Disservice: The film that McQuade sees explaining the EVE Project has a brief moment where EVE VIII's bare breasts are in full view... while a technician peels off the artificial skin to showcase the muscles underneath.
  • Groin Attack: When EVE gets cold feet after propositiong a guy in a bar, she bites his dick off.
  • Implacable Man: Multiple hits with gunfire and being run over by a train don't do much to stop EVE VIII (the train do rips off one of her arms, though). Destroying her brain by attacking her eyes is the only sure-fire way to destroy her.
  • Just in Time: EVE VIII is stopped 9 seconds before her internal bomb goes off.
  • Lady in Red: Eve steals a red leather jacket from a clothing shop, which she later uses to seduce a bar patron.
  • Little Black Dress: EVE VIII was wearing one under her red leather jacket when she went to the bar.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...: When Dr. Simmons realizes the pattern behind EVE's movements because her own memories were implanted in the gynoid, McQuade has to get it straight.
    Let me just get this straight—you're saying this device of yours acted out one of your teenage sex fantasies?
  • Mama Bear: Dr. Simmons' desire to be this for her son ends up manifesting in EVE VIII's single-minded attempt to take the kid away (and kill everybody that gets in the way) in the final act, which also makes the doctor pull this off for real by facing off against her creation.
  • Moe Greene Special: McQuade shoots the titular rogue android in the eye to disable her, as the rest of her head is armored. Unlike what he thought, though, the shot doesn't stop her, so out of ammo he stabs her in the other eye with the barrel of his gun.
  • Race Against the Clock: After getting into a car crash, EVE's internal nuclear device is activated and set to go off within 24 hours. Col. Jim McQuade is pissed that his superiors didn't inform him of this before sending him out to catch her. The race to disarm her gets even more dire when EVE's rogue moves take her into New York City in the climax, endangering millions of people.
  • Redshirt Army: Pretty much every cop or special agent that gets on EVE VIII's way gets blown away by her with ease (and to McQuade's grief, the group that he personally trained at the beginning of the film fares no better).
  • Robo Cam: When we get shots of EVE VIII's point of view, there's framing of the screen with red corners, a flashing red dot on the right and left edge of the screen, and a beeping sound that increases in speed when EVE VIII gets angry.
  • Running Gag: McQuade's continuous snarking about EVE VIII not having an off switch.
  • Spanner in the Works: What makes the whole mess happen is a random bank robbery happening while EVE VIII is having a field test and one of the robbers getting "lucky" in pissing off and doing minor damage to EVE (and killing the man handling the field test).
  • Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids: A prototype android infiltrator that is borderline bulletproof and has a nuclear bomb implanted for the end use of going behind enemy lines and blow herself (and a chunk of countryside roughly the size of half of Manhattan Island) up. And, oh yeah, absolutely no failsafes (and why have the nuclear bomb implanted at all for just a regular field test?). McQuade spends a good chunk of the film snarking about the stupidity of the whole project.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: EVE III is somewhat of a tragic villain in that she's mostly just confused and kills people who she thinks have either wronged or upset her while believing that she's the real Dr. Eve Simmons. It's not even clear if the robot itself is aware that the nuclear device inside it has been triggered at all.

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