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Shocktroop (1989)

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John Cunningham
Lyle Alzado ...
Gen. Orlorf
J. Christian Ingvordsen ...
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Achmed (as John Rano)
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General Parker
Jeff Barton ...
KGB Thug
Tom Billett ...
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Angel Caban ...
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G. Gordon Cronce ...
Musa
Astrid De Richemonte ...
Marguerite
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Sgt. Inamov
Steven Kaman ...
Colonel Kotchev
Charles Kay-Hune ...
Kevin McDonaugh
David Henry Keller
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The special commando Delta Force is sent behind the line of fire into the terrain of the enemy. Their mission goal is to destroy a base where the enemies prepare a new weapon: a combat helicopter. Written by Volker Boehm

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He used to fight for his country. Now he's fighting for himself... and nothing's going to stop him!

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18 May 1990 (Portugal)  »

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REALLY DREADFUL.
20 November 2003 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

As this cartoonish movie opens, we watch as an American Delta Force team has somehow filed into Moscow for the sole purpose of destroying a new Soviet secret weapon, but those silly old Russians are provoked by the attempt and kill all but for, naturally, the team leader, Frank White, played by the director J. Christian Ingvordsen (as John Christian). The targeted weapon is a helicopter gunship regulated by an advanced computer stolen from the U.S. that will, when fully functional, be a welcome addition for those Soviet forces struggling in Afghanistan. Of course White refuses to give out during interrogation and is moved to a gulag from which he tunnels with a companion who has been sent by the C.I.A. to kill him, and scampers off to Afghanistan, where he and a scattering of mujahideen then battle against the Soviet Army, represented by a helicopter and two tanks (models), and so forth, ad nauseam. For the allocated budget, Ingvordsen is intemperately ambitious, as tangibles are not available for that all that he envisions, yet even if they were, the script is consistently nonsensical, with each scene seemingly more inane than its predecessor, the importance of some form of credibility mounting due to its absence. As an actor Ingvordsen is a Johnny One Note, although to be fair, during one scene he nearly changes his expression, and he is fittingly matched against Lyle Alzado, for some reason cast as a Spetsnaz general, at which he is unendurable, whereas Danny Aiello must contend with his part as C.I.A. director, seemingly acting in another film, probably his ardent wish. Tiresome predictability throughout is unfortunate in a rare work possessing some measure of a positive view towards a Muslim culture, but most often moot as the non-stop invasive music (one hesitates to call it a score) drowns out much of the dialogue, consistent with the picture's other post-production sound failings such as poor synching, dubbing, et alia. In addition, there is too much footage in this release, calling for proper editing, although Ingvordsen and his main cameraman, Steven Kaman, effectively utilize long shots, notwithstanding Eastern Canada's absence from the list of locations resembling Afghanistan; Kaman, incidentally (as Sven Nuvo) provides the most interesting acting turn as a Spetsnaz officer, despite the cast's inconsistent comprehension of what his rank might be. As is generally the case, the stunt men are very capable, albeit they have poor leadership, but since the same personnel, in varying uniforms, appear repeatedly, there is difficulty in accepting that individuals can die quite so often. Amid all of the carnage which predominates here, Ingvordsen, who co-scripts, finds time to insert a love match between the robotic White and a French nurse, but this makes no less sense than the director's simplistic view of the Afghan war, or his indetermination relative to the spoken languages used - sometimes subtitled, at other times merely a good deal of untranslatable babble in unrecognizable tongues, eventually settling upon the use of American idiomatic English.


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