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Heat Vision and Jack (1999)

Astronaut on the run with special powers and his talking motorcycle must deal with a malevolent artificial life form that's possessing people and turning them into dust, as well as NASA's hitman and real life actor Ron Silver.

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Cast overview:
Jack Black ... Jack
Owen Wilson ... Heat Vision / Doug (voice)
Ron Silver ... Ron Silver
Christine Taylor ... The Sheriff
Vincent Schiavelli ... Frank / Paragon
O-Lan Jones ... Patrice
Sy Richardson ... Doctor
Félix Castro Félix Castro ... Pool Player #1
Clint Lilley ... Pool Player #2
Stephanie Chao ... Stripper (Jasmine)
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As the result of a NASA miscalculation, Astronaut Jack Austin flies too close to the sun, the rays expanding his mind and making him the smartest man on the planet. Now he and his talking motorcycle Heat Vision (which contains the mind of his former roommate) are on the run from NASA and their assassin, actor Ron Silver who want to take his brain. They travel from place to place solving paranormal mysteries with the help of Jack's newfound ability to become a super genius when his brain absorbs sunlight. Written by Captain_Freed

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The short is actually a parody of Northstar, a 1986 failed pilot turned TV movie about an astronaut called Northstar who gets irradiated by the Sun during a NASA mission, which somehow significantly enhances all of his senses but also makes him allergic to bright Sun. Heat Vision and Jack also spoofs more popular shows like Night Rider, a show about a talking car and his driver who stop crime, and less directly Dr. Who, a long running British show about an omnipotent benevolent alien who calls himself doctor Who and helps humanity against various alien and other threats. The most popular villain on Dr. Who is a race of xenophobic alien artificial life forms or robots called Daleks who have only one goal in mind - to eradicate all humanity. This is also the plan of the villainous artificial life form in Heat Vision and Jack. As an in-joke, Heat Vision watches one of Dr. Who episodes on the TV in the sheriff's grandma's house. The episode features the Daleks as well as their creator Davros being defeated by the Doctor. See more »

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Heat Vision: Para-gone. Jack, Jack Jack, Para-GONE.
Jack Austin: [Fake laugh] I get it.
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Spoofs Northstar (1986) See more »

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Hilarity is power - for real
1 October 2017 | by strangefruit-91871See all my reviews

Do you love the fake trailers before Tropic Thunder as much as I do? Then this is your thing.

"Heat Vision and Jack" is a parody on shows like Knight Rider, The 6,000,000 $ Man or the old Doctor Who episodes, especially when it comes to the special effects. Jack Austin (Jack Black) is a renegade astronaut who gained his super powers of superhuman knowledge when his brain was baked as his rocket ship came too close to the sun; therefore he is now hunted by the evil NASA, personified by Ron Silver as himself. Jack's only friend is his motorbike Heat Vision (voiced by Owen Wilson), who once was his room mate Doug, who was once merged with his motorbike by a laser beam weapon by Ron Silver.

Why the hell does Jack call the motorbike not Doug, but Heat Vision? Where did Ron Silver get his superpowers? It's this brazen impudence to refuse giving answers that makes this show so priceless. The special effects are an unbounded cheek for the late Nineties, but, like the "vintage" looks and the cheap lighting choices, it adds to the whole thing. The same goes for dialogue lines like "The human brain isn't unlike cookie dough", "Is that blood? - "The blood of tomatoes!" or "Quiet! I can't see the road when you talk!".

This and the delicious overacting of all involved. At first chubby Jack Black seems like an odd choice for a renegade hero, lonely and melancholic, the ladies fall for. Actually he's the perfect choice, as he nails the heroic looks and poses to the point. Every inch of him says, look at me, I'm a victim of fate, I'm lonely and on the run, but dang, I'm such a bad ass hero. Plus him reacting to pain like the alien laser beams is so Shatner-esque I cried with laughter.

Just like the trailers from Tropic Thunder, I'm not sure "Heat Vision and Jack" would've worked as a full thing, a TV show in this case. Since it says "episode 14" in the credits, I suspect it might have been devised as a one-off by the makers, esp. Ben Stiller who produced and directed it. But like those trailers, this short left me craving for more. It's working on a similar genius level. May only work for a special kind of humour, but if you love Tropic Thunder or Tenacious D, you're in for a huge huge treat.


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