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This probably is Don "The Dragon" Wilson's best film. He plays a military
courier named Nick Corrigan, who finds himself trapped in a nuclear base
that's been taken over by terrorists, led by a ruthless terrorist, Fawkes
(Jonathan Fuller- who appears to be enjoying himself) and his men. Corrigan
must figure out a way to stop them before they use the power they now have.
There's plenty of nicely done action, in the style of "Die Hard". Wilson even has some nice one-liners.
"Bloodfist VI" has its amusing moments: some lines of dialogue ("I need all your intellectual power and your technological wizardry - open the fraking door"!), some situations (like a big black dude who challenges Wilson with the phrase "Come on, sissy boy" and can only be defeated with a kick to the groin), some moments of over-the-top violence (early on, a guy gets his neck turned 180 degrees!). It also has its disappointments: the biggest one may be that there is no climactic showdown between Wilson and the No 1 villain. The fights are a little slow, but fairly realistic. But to be honest with you, the main reason I wanted to see this is that it's the last film of Cat Sassoon, who tragically died at the age of only 34. Appearing for the second time alongside Wilson (after "Bloodfist IV"), she plays the sexy villainess quite well and has a great topless scene at the very start, but no real fighting this time. Overall, "Bloodfist VI" is a harmless way to kill some time, and is worth a watch for fans of Wilson, Sassoon or low-budget action. (**)
Don "the dragon" Wilson returns in the sixth installment of the bloodfist series and this time its a low budget clone of Die Hard. Wilson plays a courier who happens to be delivering a package to a underground missile silo just as terrorist are taking over. They want to start a nuclear catastrophe and its up to Wilson to stop them. Yes its low budget but what do you expect from Roger Corman? It is really not that bad if you don't think about it too much. It's a B movie, nothing more, nothing less. Yes the fighting is not that great and some of the dialog is not the best. Plus you throw in some typical clichés from other action movies and wrap it up and you have Ground Zero. This is a good addition to the series and from that standpoint its quite watchable and actually entertaining.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Story Synopsis: Armed Islamic terrorists forcibly take over a remote US
nuclear missile base, slaughtering the installation's entire crew
(excepting their inside agent, the only female officer in the base).
They obtain both launch keys needed to operate the nuclear launch
controls & set up a terminal to decrypt the launch code. But as it is
with these films, their plan goes awry when a courier arrives in order
to deliver sensitive information to the base's commander. Once
discovering what he has walked into, the courier (who was originally a
Special Forces soldier but was demoted for disregarding orders) is
forced to make a one-man assault on the compound in order to stop the
terrorists from launching the nukes.
Film Analysis: After the rather lacklustre (in quality, at least) previous two sequels, the BLOODFIST series has hit a dead end in terms of narrative coherency. But that hasn't stopped producer Roger Corman & his underlings from continuing to churn out more sequels. Bloodfist VI: Ground Zero is the fifth sequel so far, turning the series from what was originally a martial arts flick into a generic action one.
Ground Zero is perhaps the worst of the sequels (at least until the very last one, the futuristic thriller BLOODFIST 2050). It takes several elements from previous films in the series & uses them as part of the cheapest knock-off of the action classic DIE HARD that you'll ever see. Writer Rob Kerchner seems to have some kind of peculiar obsession with nuclear weaponry, given that his scripts for the last two sequels BLOODFIST IV: DIE TRYING & BLOODFIST V: HUMAN TARGET involved terrorists out after nuclear material. At least after this one, he has abandoned his obsession for good. Helming this film is Rick Jacobson, who will also direct another sequel BLOODFIST VIII: TRAINED TO KILL.
The film starts off well enough, with the terrorists bypassing the installation's sensors by releasing rabbits in order to cause a false alarm then taking over the front gate, placing the security cameras into a loop before finally making their move. At first it seems that they seem to know much more than they should about the workings inside the base, but that is later explained satisfactorily by having placed a mole in the base (the late Cat Sassoon). After that, Jacobson loses it, having the hero take on several terrorists armed with bigger guns than his & beating them at both martial arts & gunplay. The film even has the old cliché of having the heroic courier having to complete his mission before the base is hit by an air strike.
The one question that came into my mind while watching this cinematic version of hitting your thumb with a hammer is what has this series contributed to the action genre after providing some nine hours of cheap action, sex & nasty-minded narrative twists. The answer is this not very much. Not just that, but the action scenes in Ground Zero have a significant degree of sadism, with the terrorists killing their victims by slow-motion shootings & twisting their heads 180 degrees. But what irked me the most about this trash was that the hero, having found out that the override code doesn't work, manages to stop the missiles' launch by simply shooting the crap out of the launch computers. How improbable.
I wish I could say that the Bloodfist series was going to end after this low-point but alas, three more sequels would come out. As for the acting, Don "The Dragon" Wilson does his best John McClane impression but fails miserably while the terrorists range from the good Cat Sassoon makes a fairly good villain to the bad, with Jonathan Fuller's seriously OTT Islamist nutcase who has no qualms about killing millions of people with nuclear missiles.
"Die Hard" is one of my favorite action movies of all time, so you can probably imagine that I try to watch every rip-off of it as possible. As for *this* particular rip-off, I have a lot of problems finding any enthusiasm for it. Let me make it clear that the faults of this movie do not include Don "The Dragon" Wilson - he brings to the movie some likability and charisma. Unfortunately, the movie he's in is produced by Roger Corman, so you can imagine that the production values of the movie are very low (though I suppose that they could have been even worse than they are.) The action scenes are very disappointing, with inept fight choreography, as well as poor direction and editing. It doesn't help that all the fights are filmed in very tight quarters, and the final fight with the terrorist boss is over in a few seconds. Even if you are a Don "The Dragon" Wilson fan, it's best to skip this one and stick with the surprisingly good BLOODFIST 3.
I guess every action fan out there know that the Bloodfist-series isn't exactly the best action movies around. That means low quality is expected, but some of the Bloodfist-movies are still watchable. (Bloodfist 2 is pretty OK, for example). Bloodfist 6 is very far from being one of them, because it's horrible in every way. It kind of reminds me of the movie "Terminal Rush", also starring Don "the Dragon" Wilson, but only worse. And why is it so bad? It's because everything in the movie sucks. The acting is some of the worst I've seen (OK, I don't really care about the actors being good, but in this movie they were so utterly bad that it was painful to watch), the story is overused to the extreme, and the fighting is easily forgotten. Another failure for "the Dragon".
This time Don Wilson trades in his kickboxing approach for a Bruce
Willis style hero who is the last man standing in the way of the
launching of a nuke that middle eastern terrorists (Most who look
Caucasian) are trying to detonate and then there is the whole...ZZZZZZZ
The rules of the Bloodfist sequels do not imply, since parts 2, 3 and 4
were all better than # 1. So one was hoping this would be a fun yet
harmlessly stupid take on Die Hard. Problem is, that while Bloodfist VI
is stupid it isn't any fun. It is dull with Wilson engaging in
mini-action sequences which are over before they barely start. Also of
note is that Wilson is one of the better thesps here, with a cast so
unconvincing as terrorists that it was just horrendous to watch. Worst
of all is that the movie literally has no degree of style or energy, so
we watch in sheer boredom as Wilson races around the clock to save us
all. Bloodfist VI is basically as awful as # 5 and that is about all
that can be said.
* out of 4-(Bad)
It was about 2 a.m. in the morning after watching a video, when this accident happened. I saw the first 10 minutes of BLOOD FIST VI- GROUND ZERO, and couldn't decide whether it was supposed to be an real action film or a comedy. After the whole 90 minutes I was myself "ground zeroed" laughing the rest of the night without a rest. Unfortunately I wasn't able to record it, but next time when it is shown on TV there will be a fan to see this cult movie.
Predictable yarn about bad guys seizing control of a dreadful weapon
and threatening to use it. Fun to watch if you can ignore the acting.
I never watched Don the Dragon Wilson's fights so I will take it on good faith that he was/is real good at it. Did he think he would be the next Bruce Lee? Hey, good attempt, but no cigar.
I remember Steve Garvey when he was in the National League as an L.A. Dodger and San Diego Padre. He was real good as a baseball player too! He had political plans after retiring from the NL; did they fall through that he had to resort to this low budget yarn?
Robin Curtis was great as the new Lt. Saavik in Star Trek III and IV, plus numerous guest appearances on popular T.V. shows. Was her career really winding down at this point?
Obviously this was light years from even being close to Academy Award Material. It was fun to watch, but it's just sad to see some players who were good in their previous acting gigs, fighting, or sports careers to star in such a film.
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