Routinely generic, THE PRESENCE is a TV sci-fi knockoff that falls back on biotech mumbo-jumbo and military-industrial misdeeds to dress up an otherwise uneventful restaging of MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, sans Ray Harryhausen and his stop-action animation. Aired originally on NBC in 1992, it has
neither the budget nor the pop imagination to deserve much further life on video.
A pack of Hollywood hipsters are stuck in some Caribbean backwater shooting the equivalent of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue (enter Kathy Ireland) when indigenous rebels in paramilitary gear overrun their tourist locale. Somehow, the film crew makes it onto the same plane out as embassy