Fantasy Flicks: Casper Van Dien in No Way Back!
Welcome to a rarely seen feature on the site we like to call Fantasy Flicks!
Fantasy Flicks is a chance for us to dream up the movies we want to see, starring the people we want having crazy shootouts, car chases, gratuitous nude scenes, and breaking dudes noses with wooden baseball bats.
In this installment of Fantasy Flicks I’m going to give you some CVD. Don’t worry, it’s not an acronym for a new sexually transmitted disease I discovered, I’m talking about the chiseled-jaw having Casper Van Dien. Settle in and put your imagination caps on for this one… this is my Fantasy Flick!
No Way Back starring Casper Van Dien
“To get his daughter back, Det. Nick Harper must play by the rules of a madman. But in this game, there may be No Way Back.”
Synopsis: Veteran Police Detective Nick Harper (Casper Van Dien) has been struggling to keep his sanity since his daughter went missing four years ago. After a sting operation to catch child predators leads to the arrest of a mysterious man (Colm Feore), Harper is dragged into the twisted world of a madman as he searches for not only a slew of missing children, but also learns the truth about his own daughters disappearance.
Having Casper Van Dien play a police officer is like having Tyler Perry wear a bra and wig. They are both so comfortable fitting back into the roles that they can do it seamlessly and more importantly, convincingly. Casper Van Dien has played either a scientist or police officer in something like 73 films (approximately) so it should not be difficult for you to picture him in this role.
We open the movie with Detective Nick Harper deep in the gutter. His young daughter went missing several years earlier and he has felt powerless in his quest to find her. The saddest part about his character is that he knows he has the powers and resources to find her so it has made him feel even worse having not found her. Nick’s obsession to find his daughter has caused him to be reprimanded several times by his superiors for getting too close to trafficking cases and physically beating the bejeezus out of some pedophiles. He has been drowning much of his sorrows with strong whiskey and has hardly noticed that his wife left him 18 months ago. It is safe to say that his life is a real shit show.
Enter Malcolm Doric (played by Colm Feore). He’s a very wealthy and successful man who suddenly walks into Nick Harper’s terrible life with information that could possibly lead to Nick finding his daughter. It is also information that might kill him. Nick starts following “leads” that Malcolm gives to him, leading him further and further down a rabbit hole of destruction. Nick finds himself crossing the line into vigilantism on multiple occasion. Even going so far as to plant weapons and drugs on known child pornographers in order to warrant his brutality. It seemed like Nick’s search for his daughter was reaching its zenith when Malcolm finally delivers the final clue. It forces Nick to choose between knowing that Malcolm is involved and very dangerous versus his NEED to find his little girl.
If you’ve ever seen the 1993 Kiefer Sutherland film The Vanishing, or its Dutch counterpart made a few years earlier, then you have a pretty good idea of what the ending of the movie might look like. I have always liked Feore, he is always had a very creepy look to him, and Casper is my dude so I am still waiting for him to have his big emotional powerhouse movie. I will get started writing the screenplay once one of the studios contact me to say that my story idea is brilliant and they want to put about $40 million into it. Until then, let me know what you all think.