Bloodfist V: Human Target (1994 Video)
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Now, apart from the first two, all of the Bloodfist movies have nothing to do with one another, asides the presence of C-Grade action star Don 'The Dragon' Wilson. While this makes you wonder why they even bother calling the movies Bloodfist, it also means, on the plus side, that this has nothing to do with the 4, rather lame, movies that preceded it.
Here Wilson stars as a man who wakes up from a near fatal shooting, suffering from amnesia, when a hooker named Candy pretends to be his wife and checks him out of hospital. It then becomes clear that whoever he is, he is a wanted man, as Chinese black market goons and NSA agents are all pursuing him, in a plot involving some 'lost' plutonium missile cores.
Giving away much of the plot would be a damn shame, because this is easily one of the best written Direct-to-video action movies I've ever seen, and it's finally a flick Wilson can be proud of. He gets several chances to display his kick-boxing prowess, and the late Steve James shows up in a different, but well performed role.
If you like low budget action movies, I would greatly recommend giving this a chance, it may well be Wilson's best movie, and it's got a more exciting plot than most recent Hollywood attempts at an action flick.
This one at least has a decent plot with some nice twists as Don must recover his memory before getting snuffed by the cops, the mob...or both! The final twist is far-fetched but fun. Overall, a solid effort.
The Bloodfist series was one of the 1990s' most prolific & enduring B-grade action franchises. Which is somewhat surprising since the series started with a cheap knock-off of Van Damme's early works, only with real martial artists cast in the film, then changed to prison flick (the underrated BLOODFIST III: FORCED TO FIGHT, which was the best entry in the series) to generic action. Bloodfist V: Human Target is the second film in the series to be made under the 'generic action' genre banner.
To put it in simple terms, this sequel is better than the previous entry Bloodfist IV: Die Trying despite still having to contend with a weak plot. Although this time, the film's director Jeff Yonis manages to adapt the script to a reasonable degree of success. As with Die Trying, the focus is on terrorists wanting nuclear weapons, this time trying to obtain a container of plutonium that a rogue government employee is selling on the black market & only the amnesiac arms buyer hero can stop them. What makes this one different from the previous entry is that the plot twists, when they do come, are reasonably effective, although anyone with a sharp eye will notice the inconsistencies in the cover stories the agents use on Wilson's hero. Also of particular note is that Wilson is actually playing a bad guy for once in the series, although a bad guy that turns good soon enough.
The action scenes are filled with martial arts & gunplay but are not as brutal as previous films had it. The terrorist attack on the NSA junkyard outpost is probably the closest the film comes to approximating the violent cheese of the previous films but it is not too effective in the long run. As the hero, Don "The Dragon" Wilson does his usual thing but is still hamstrung by his annoyed demeanor. The late Steve James adds some class as the NSA agent in charge of the covert operation & Denice Duff does more than being simply eye-candy.
* out of 4-(Bad)
We're truly sorry to be so harsh, that's not normally "us", but we're disappointed. There are some positives, however: Joe Son yelling and shooting a machine gun, the Steve James/Don The Dragon fight which was nice to see, the musical theme which sounds exactly like the MASH theme song "Suicide is Painless", and the fact that this is an ideal role for Don - because of his amnesiac status, he can look as confused, stunned and out-of-it as he wants, and it actually works towards the plot. But sadly, there's no escaping the fact that this movie is a waste of Steve James' talent (and heartbreakingly, his last movie role before his untimely death) - and even Don's awesome long hair doesn't last and he gets a haircut.
Although Don forgets everything, thankfully he doesn't forget how to do Martial Arts. That part of his brain remained intact. And while Joe Son is credited as "Beefy", no one ever calls him that on screen. So many wasted opportunities. Well, except for the time-honored opportunity Don takes to get unnecessarily shirtless, an opportunity he seems to take as often as he can. But either because this movie has a conscience, or because it was Corman policy, the movie doesn't go on too long, it's around 80 minutes. So there's some mercy there.
Bloodfist V: Human Target sadly goes in the "disappointment" column. We recommend spending your time elsewhere.
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