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Harris Stone (Keach) is a Police Detective who has put in 23 years on
the force and is close to retirement. He's always getting himself into
dangerous situations, so after he reads that female partners are less
likely to get into shooting incidents and aren't risk-takers, he
requests one from Commander Toole (Winfield) and he agrees. Even though
she was one credit shy from graduating from the academy, Stone meets
with Charlotte Heller (Rothrock) and they seem to hit it off. As it
turns out, Heller was one of the only female Navy SEALS and is a
bad-ass Martial Arts master. This unlikely team, described by one of
their fellow officers as "she's a hot dog and he's way past his
prime!", get put to the ultimate test when baddie Barron (Neame) shuts
down the newly-built mall and holds the people inside hostage - which
just happen to include Governors, Senators, and other important
lawmakers who were there for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Meanwhile,
local punk kid Jesse Delvechio (Bacall) was kidnapped by Barron's men,
and on top of everything else, Stone and Heller have to find out why,
and save the kid. Will this unorthodox duo succeed? Irresistible Force
was originally produced for CBS for a potential TV run. It's truly a
shame it never took off - Cynthia Rothrock could have become a
household name. Plus it would have been cool to see what other
adventures Stacy Keach and Rothrock get up to on a weekly basis. What a
missed opportunity. But if you're rolling your eyes thinking this is
just a boring, watered-down TV slog, unroll them. This brief 77-minute
excursion is very enjoyable and entertaining. There are a few downright
awesome moments and it has snappy dialogue and a nice pace. Plus it has
all the fun clichés we know and enjoy. From the first minute of the
movie when Jesse is playing his Game Boy, it's easy to like
The fact that this is a "DieHardInA" movie is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, because it's Die Hard in a mall (just filling in the blank), it can join the proud 1990's pantheon of DieHardInA movies that were such staples of the video stores of the day. Hotels (Crackerjack, 1994), water treatment plants (Lethal Tender, 1997) and so many other seemingly innocent locations were turned into areas of terror by baddies the world over, seemingly inspired by Hans Gruber. Here it just happens to be a mall. On the other hand, it seems a bit confining, especially for a pilot episode, or whatever this was. The parts before Heller is trapped in the mall were better and less claustrophobic. Again, it would have been nice to see other non-trapped-in-a-mall adventures the two of them could have gone on.
Plus, if it's in a mall, that allows for Cynthia Rothrock to take advantage of the situation, pioneering "Pan-fighting" after confronting some baddies in a housewares store and beating them up with frying pans. Ideas like this go a long way, and the only possible complaint you could have about the movie is that, perhaps if it WASN'T a TV movie, and was allowed to be darker and more adult, it might appeal to die-hard (no pun intended) action fans more. But that's kind of missing the point. Rothrock's Martial Arts skill is as good as ever, and though there is a pretty annoying punk kid involved, he's not that bad, especially compared to the pain of Esteban Powell. Both the leads are likable and seem to have good chemistry.
It could have - and should have - been the new Martial Law or Nash Bridges. Sadly, it was not to be, but if more TV shows were like this, the world would be a better place.
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What do you get when you combine Stacy Keach and Cinthia Rothrock? An explosive combination of martial arts and fine acting talent. Stacy Keach is one of my favorite actors and is a true diplomat of the art of good film making. Cinthia is the type of sweet and sassy babe perfect for her role in this movie. I myself have always been afraid of shopping malls, and this movie really played on my greatest fears in life. All I have to say is wow.
i was truly amazed by this movie because it has a good script,good partner for Cynthia(Stacy ketch)and pretty good villains.there are some pretty good fight scenes for Cynthia (where she shows as her martial arts skills) which is unusual for a TV us movie with low budget.this is probably the best us movie of Cynthia alongside with fast getaway i guess.i will give this movie 7.5/10 because the female villain disappears from movie don't know where so i expected a fight between her and Cynthia at the end of the movie.but i was disappointed.so i recommend you this movie if you want to see an action comedy like die hard.
I do not care much for stereotypes, simple dialogs, flat action or
This is, why i could only recommend everybody, who wants to spend a nice evening with a really funny, witty and action packed movie, to have a close look at this one. You might consider watching it over and over again, smooth action, nice dialogs, a good script and a lot of fun. Earlier movies with C. Rothrock took advantage of her martial arts skills, while later ones were unworthy, compared to here acting talents. This one has the right mixture, combined with an excellent male partner, up to the culminating end scene. There are only so many movies of this quality, so... judge for yourself.
Let's face it, without Rothrock this film would have been as flat as 6
month old soda pop. Rothrock added so much to this film with her
lightning fast moves, great charm, and excellent scene by scene
presence. No disrespect to Keach but Rothrock could have pulled this
one off alone in Die Hard (ala Bruce Willis) fashion. Christopher Neame
was not very engaging as the bad guy either.
It was these flaws that cost this action drama a shot at at being full blown TV series. Nonetheless, Rothrock displayed some of her finest moves. Her close-ups were very nicely done as well. Rothrock does not get the credit she deserves as an accomplished action film star. She is HUGE overseas especially in the far east. It's a darn shame that the one chance she had to do a network TV series was ruined by the film makers inability to compliment her with a good ensemble cast.
Stacy Keach plays about to retire former gung ho cop, Harris Stone, who's just looking to cruise along until retirement day. Somehow or other he ends up with Charlotte Heller as his new sidekick, which he is initially quite happy about. What trouble can she cause? Lots. She's an ex-Navy SEAL (played by real life martial arts champ, Cynthia Rothrock) and she causes plenty of trouble. However, Stacy Keach looks bored and Cynthia Rothrock looks more concerned about showing off her martial arts prowess to let the film rise above the ordinary. Stumbling from one disaster to another, they finally end up confronting a group of terrorists who have taken a hostage in a shopping mall. Where else? If you're bored out of your tree and want to waste an hour and a half of your life then watch it. Rating: 3/10
Is there some type of discrimination going on at U.S police departments ?
Just curious because everytime I see a cop drama from America ( Especially
one made as a TVM ) it seems no one can become a detective unless they are a
family man with just a few months left in the job , and all police chiefs
must be black , while all recruits to the plains clothes division must be
females who have a black belt in some martial art
Oh and guess what IRRESISTABLE FORCE is about ? That`s right it`s a TVM with a family man who works as a detective with only a few months left in the job , and his chief is black and he`s assingned a new female partner who`s got a black belt in karate . What else can I tell you ? I can`t remember and I only watched it last night . That probably tells you a lot in that case
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