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Well, there are some things in this world that words aren't enough to
describe. Forest Warrior is definitely one of these. Shiny acting
combined with superb state-of-the-art special effects and especially
incredible direction work by Aaron "The Vision" Norris. The story (and
what a story indeed!!) tells of John McKenna (Chuck "the interpreter of
feelings" Norris), a forest warrior, protector of the local woods who
can transform into a bear (which is something everyone should see!).
McKenna fights against the evil lumberjacks who YEARN to bring the
forest down (you can actually hear one of them saying "i wish we could
just cut down those trees"!). So the story is amazing and full of
twists and tricks and it even includes a musical scene (insanely funny)
where the lumberjacks dance and play 'air guitar' with their chainsaws.
In another words: don't miss this one!
It is a rare occasion when the film industry launches a title of such immense proportions that the general public actually fears it. Such is the case with Forest Warrior. The average viewer obviously does not understand the numerous subplots that are only hinted at throughout the film. The work of a cinema master can be seen as Aaron Norris gracefully exposes the tips of many icebergs, leaving the viewer to wonder what is beneath. The acting of the entire ensemble is enough to leave you breathless. One character's "rag"tag antics will make anyone but the most cold-hearted smile. I cried as this masterpiece drew to its beautiful, but inevitable conclusion. This film is without a doubt, the one movie to see before you die.
This is a children fantasy about a magical mountain , a mysterious
legend and a story of courage against all odds ; including an
ecological message , being realized by Norris brothers , Chuck and
Aaron . It deals with children fight to save the local forests of
Tanglewood Mountain helped by a spiritual being named John McKenna
(Chuck Norris) who was possessed a century before (1875) by a mountain
spirit and who is able to transform into bear, wolf or eagle . A greedy
developer (Terry Kiser) , owner of 'Thorne Lumber' enterprise attempts
to chop trees for his profit , as the little boys with the help of the
ghostly man who was murdered in the same woods long time ago , along
with the sheriff (Max Gail) and a drunk father (Michael Beck) struggle
the nasty lumbermen .
The film is a blending between ¨Beastmaster¨ along with a group of children in ¨Goonies¨ style and antics , kick-asses , frolics against villains like ¨Home alone¨ . Mild and light adventure with ecology issue , it's full of fighting , humor , action and silly scenes and results to be an average flick . The picture packs action , explosions and several slight fights in Terence Hill/Bud Spencer style . Good support cast crammed by familiar faces as Roscoe Lee Browne , Max Gail , Loreta Swift , William Sanderson , Barbara Niven , George Buck Flower , John Dennis Johnson , among others . Colorful cinematography by Joao Fernades , usual of Chuck Norris films ; being filmed on location in Hood River, Lost Lake, Mount Hood, and Parkdale, Oregon, USA . Functional musical score and including some beautiful songs . The motion picture was regularly directed by Aaron Norris who has usually produced , playing stunts and directed various vehicles for his brother Chuck , such as ¨Missing in action 3¨, ¨Delta Force 2¨ , ¨Hitman¨ , ¨Hellbound¨, some episodes of ¨Walker Texas Ranger¨and three children films such as ¨Sidekicks¨ , ¨Top dog¨ and this ¨Forest warrior¨. The only film done by Aaron Norris to not have Chuck Norris in it was ¨Platoon leader¨. Rating : Average but entertaining . The picture will appeal to Chuck Norris fans .
One word: Yes. A three in one experience: Home Alone, PBS's Nature, and
Walker, Texas Ranger all in an hour and a half!
Special effects: The special effects were excellent, particularly the sparkling light balls. We also enjoyed the animal to human transformations. Seamless.
Law enforcement: The lawyers were accurately portrayed and incredibly competent considering the fees they were charging. The permit process was entirely plausible...I mean, who needs NEPA or EPA approval anyway?
Animals: The killer chipmunk? Slam dunk. A falcon transforming into a fist? Yes please!
Life lessons: The deep and riveting plot line of the alcoholic father and the lumber tycoon who finds his morality left us wanting more. Also Chuck was full of his usual cogent remarks on life's profundities.
Fight scenes: We were on the edge of our seats. It IS Chuck. The little kid who kicks the bad lumberjack in the face was the icing on the cake.
Political Correctness: comments like pull up your pantyhose (and be a man), and those environmentalist fairies were a couple gems.
Choreography: three words -- lumberjack dance scene.
Costume design: A great tour of some timeless 90s classics. Dad and Mom jeans a plenty!
Fave quotes: "There were six of them (bad guys) and then there were five..." (because Chuck was kicking their butts!) "How very sad." "Sad this!"
I know that many of Chuck Norris' movies are filled with cliches and ripoffs of Dirty Harry and other such movies, but this one lays less off of Dirty Harry and instead goes for low immature humor and painfully bad scriptwriting. A pack of stupid kids protect the rainforest from a greedy troupe of redneck lumberjacks, with the help of the ghost of a part-Indian mountain man (played by none other than Chuck Norris) who happens to know karate. The film features a handful of Walker, Texas Ranger regulars, in addition to perhaps the most painful scriptwriting anyone has seen on this planet. But then again, what can we expect from Aaron Norris, who is Chuckie's little brother?? Also, did I forget to mention that the acting REALLY sucked!?
(Credit, IMDb) John McKenna is a spiritual being who is able to
transform into bear, wolf or eagle. He lives in the forests of
Tanglewood and has dedicated his life to protect them. One day a gang
of evil lumberjacks led by Travis Thorne arrive Tanglewood to chop the
forest down. McKenna cannot let this happen, and together with his new
friends - Lords of the Tanglewood, a band of children who love to play
in the forest - he battles against Thorne and his evil gang.
This movie makes On Deadly Ground look like an Oscar winner in comparison. Woe is me, was this bad. I've sat through my share of Chuck Norris stinkers, but this takes the cake. There is fight sequences, but none of them are all that exciting. We get plenty of mystical mumbo- jumbo, along with Chuck Norris embarrassing himself and ending his Hollywood career, though I think it was already on the tail end when this movie was done. I like Chuck, but he has made some awful films. This is one of them.
I am proud to be one of Chuck's biggest fans. I have an autographed
poster on my wall, I have seen every movie he ever made, and I consider
"Walker, Texas Ranger" one of the greatest shows of all time. I will
defend Chuck 'till I die, but even I cannot stress how obscenely
horrible this movie was. It is an embarrassment on a great career. I
will defend Chuck for "Bells of Innocence", I will stand by him for
"Delta Force", and I will even take up for "Breaker, Breaker", but this
movie is just awful.
To begin, the acting isn't bad, considering there were very few veteran actors on the scene. Chuck Norris and William Sanderson were great, but the rest of the cast didn't seem fit for their roles. The fight scenes were good, but that comes with any Norris movie.
Now, the bad. The story is ridiculous, for a movie anyway. The ending was terrible. The story might make for a good book, but it is just horrible as it plays on screen.
This is the one movie that I can't stand behind Chuck on. If you are looking for a classic Chuck Norris action movie, as I was when I rented this, look somewhere else. You will most likely be disappointed with this one
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Chuck Norris always seems to get a rough ride for being a decent kind of guy who makes a film with a moral. Well the moral to this tale is that the typical rich business man is prepared to destroy a forest so he can make money. He forgot about the spirit of the forest and this is where Chuck comes in. The film is a mixture of fantasy, enchantment, ecology, and North American belief in that a human can turn into an animal. Also it gives a great sense of community, that seems to be dying out with in a world that is computer and cell phone bound. Chuck's acting in this film was fine. He knows he is neither Laurence Olivier or Al Pacino, he does what he does best. Michael Beck was great. He played the guy whose wife walked out on him and left him to raise their daughter who in fact was doing a good job or taking care of him, as he could not cope with his wife leaving. There is a very moving scene where he believes his daughter is dead. He did a great job. At the end of the day, this film has to be taken into context. There are some very comical moments in the film and some cute scenes with a baby bear.
I have watched this movie at least 20 times. I enjoyed it every time I watched it. It is a pleasure to watch a movie without drugs, sex, violence to make it enjoyable. The plot is realistic with rich people trying to make big money at the expense of nature and trying to hoodwink the local citizens, (like some politicians in todays world) Some people believe in ghosts some don't, but in this movie the ghost bit fits in with the movie brilliantly. I would give this movie a rating of 9.9 It is a family movie and I wish there was more like it. The comments I read about this movie being "a Urinal" I could not believe. The person that wrote the comments on this movie must have been watching something else. I would put this movie amongst the "Disney Classics" It is a BRILLIANT MOVIE.
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When I was growing up, my family and I would rent movies from the local
store. Every time they would ask me what I would want to watch it was
always this movie. I grew up as a fan of Chuck Norris. This is one of
my all time favorite movies.
The message in this movie has always been protect the environment. The fighting and explosion of the tree house is always one of the top dramatic moments in this movie. Chuck Norris, does an awesome job as the spirit of the forest. I love how the Tree House is the main part of the story and how 'the lords of tanglewood' have many generations before them that played in that same tree house. Oh and Loretta Swit as the mom of two of the boys is always surprising!
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