This fictional drama stars Chuck Norris (who also co-executive produced) as Jonathan McCord, the president’s highly classified secret agent, who must find a fearless replacement to take over his extremely dangerous military missions. After an opening escapade in Rio where Norris must rescue the First Lady, he decides it’s time to find a younger man to take over. Enter Deke Slater (Dylan Neal), an intense former sergeant for the U.S. Army who has been doing time in military prison for disobeying and fighting with his lieutenant. Que (Jennifer Tung), the liaison between Jonathan and the president, offers Deke his freedom – if he’s up to the task of serving as the next “president’s man.” The remainder of the film consists of Deke butting heads with his teacher during his rigorous training process and a desperate mission that unites the two men as they break a drug cartel and rescue a kidnapped scientist and his family. First airs on CBS 4/2/00, 9:00-11:00 PM (ET/PT).
I’d like to say that this is good escapist fare, but the violence (17 killed by gunfire, 6 killed by knife, 7 killed by broken neck, a man is tortured, many karate battles) and revenge make it difficult to recommend for family viewing. It has elements of “Mission Impossible,” “Wild, Wild West” and “The A-Team,” but where those shows incorporated wit and suspence, “The President’s Man” relies on countless killings to liven the script. This TV-film gives us not one, but two stone-faced heroes that make “Dragnet’s” Joe Friday look animated. And although he is fighting for justice and the American way, revenge also motivates McCord.