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A Russian KGB agent is sent to Africa to kill an anti-Communist black revolutionary. However, he has a change of heart when he sees how the Russians and their Cuban allies are killing and repressing the locals, so he switches sides and helps the rebels. Written by
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What was this monstrosity of a film? I had hopes for this movie I really did. The amazing part is that this movie actually spawned a sequel. Yet the sequel does not contain Ludgren. He must not have been stupid enough to do a sequel but he was sure still stupid enough to do the first.
The movie itself is about a Russian special forces soldier sent to Africa to assassinate a couple of innocent African tribes men only to defect and join the rebel's cause.
The movie is painfully slow from the beginning and the majority of the action is packed in to the final ten minutes, a syndrome which many action movie flops suffer from.
It will take you at least half the movie to get used to Ludgren's ridiculous hair which looks like a cross between Mr. T and Einstien. Well maybe not Einstien but you get the idea. It is only after he defects from the Russians where it appears that the tribes people must have stepped in and gave him a few fashion tips. It seems silly but it is very difficult to take him seriously with the hair and it absolutely does not suit his character.
The acting is low grade and it is often difficult to understand what the actors are saying in addition to trying to identify whether they are speaking in English, Russian or Swahili.
All in all this movie is deadly boring. Some bits just do not make any sense at all. Its as if Ludgren is trying to...trying to ummmm, I don't know what the hell he was trying to do but he was terrible at whatever it was.
The only good thing about this movie is the end portion oh yeah and the final credits too. The action scene right at the end was actually pretty good. And just when it starts with the entertainment the movie ends. I don't know about you, but I like big guys shooting people with big guns.
I think Ludgren is capable of much more its a pity that he his acting portfolio is not very impressive, no thanks to this movie. Stay away from Red Scorpion, I m giving it two thumbs down and the title of "Stinker Movie of the Month".
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