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The Redemption: Kickboxer 5 (1995)

After David Sloan is murdered, it's up to kick-boxing champ Matt Reeves to avenge him.

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James Ryan ...
Mr. Negaal
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Tony Caprari ...
Moon
Greg Latter ...
Bollen
Duane Porter ...
Bull
George Moolman ...
Pinto
Rulan Booth ...
Angie Croft
Robert Whitehead ...
Tito
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Johnny Styles
John Hussey ...
Chalky
Dale Cutts ...
Trainer
Mathew Stewardson ...
Valet
Burton Richardson ...
Jack
Robin Smith ...
Chauffeur
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Kickbox champion Matt Reeves witnesses the murder of his friend Johnny. When he investigates on the circumstances it appears that a Mr. Neegal in South Africa has founded a new kickbox association and does not leave international champions much of a chance. Johnny had to pay with his life when he did not want to join. Neegal seems to kill everybody who is in his way. Matt is on his own now, but suddenly finds an unexpected ally. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Rated R for continuous violent action | See all certifications »

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Was released straight to TV in some countries. See more »

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In the climactic brawl, just before Matt's final confrontation against Negaal, a casino dealer, played by stunt performer June Castro, comes out of nowhere to help dispatch Negaal's men. She is nowhere to be found in the rest of the film so it is unclear what her involvement in the film is. See more »

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Matt Reeves: So, just out of curiosity. What's the going rate to bump me off?
[Paul shows him the plane ticket]
Matt Reeves: A plane ticket? You were going to waste me for a lousy plane ride?
Paul Croft: It's first class.
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Cheap sequel has little to do with the preceding films
13 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE REDEMPTION is the last of the KICKBOXER franchise. This fifth part was shot in South Africa and has little to do with the preceding films, given that the hero of those is killed off in the early scenes and Mark Dacascos is the newcomer hero.

There aren't really many tournament scenes and indeed not really much of anything when it comes to the plotting. There's your routine villain responsible for various deaths and the like and the clean-cut hero who's busy trying to track him down and get revenge for various grievances. It's all very cheap-looking and the dull direction from Kristine Peterson doesn't really help much either.

I always like Dacascos as a fighter and to be fair he isn't so bad here in the action stakes. There's still plenty of action and even if none of it particularly wows you, it's still fun to watch. However, THE REDEMPTION is let down by a very poor supporting cast, particularly the villain who isn't imposing in the least, and Geoff Meed is just as wooden as a supposed henchman who becomes something else as the story progresses. If you're a massive fan of '90s-era fight action you might get a kick or two out of this, but it really is barrel scraping stuff.


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