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Gale Force (2002)

A new reality-style game show, "Treasure Hunt" has invited a cast of contestants, including a Los Angeles cop who's joined to try and make up for an earlier PR blunder, to a tropical island... See full summary »

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A new reality-style game show, "Treasure Hunt" has invited a cast of contestants, including a Los Angeles cop who's joined to try and make up for an earlier PR blunder, to a tropical island to hunt for a buried treasure worth ten million dollars. Unbeknownst to the contestants, the game's host has struck a deal with the soldiers hired to guard the money, and does not really have the player's best interests, or even basic safety, at heart. Adding to the situation is a killer hurricane bearing down on the island. Who will walk away with the jackpot? Who will walk away at all? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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HURRICANE meets SURVIVOR
11 April 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Granted, GALE FORCE isn't going to win any Oscars or even be mentioned in movie guide books years from now. But it's a fun low-budget movie for those looking for a film with at least competent actors and a hair-thin story. Treat Williams headlines the cast as a maverick L.A. detective (what else?) who reluctantly agrees to be a contestant on a SURVIVOR-like show in order to make ends meet. "Treasure Hunters" places a group of people on an island, and branching into two teams, they must follow clues and find the buried treasure before the other. When a group of mercenaries infiltrate the island to take the loot for themselves, the game show quickly turns into a deadly cat and mouse game of survival. Williams carries the film pretty well considering he didn't even want to do it, but had to due to contractual obligations. B-movie action star Michael Dudikoff does a rare performance as the bad guy, leader of the mercs, and displays a fair amount of menace that might have been more intimidating had the direction been tighter. Rounding out the cast is B-movie veteran Tim Thomerson as a rugged ex-Navy SEAL; Susan Walters, the girl with a name that rhymes with a part of the female anatomy from a classic episode of SEINFELD; Cliff DeYoung, in his stock weasel character; and Cliff Armstrong from the REVENGE OF THE NERD movies. The film also borrows scenes from LAST ACTION HERO, PREDATOR, and BAT-21 to save on cost and time. On the DVD commentary, director Jim Wynorski and the cinematographer joke about their usage of pre-existing footage and acknowledge the fact the film is dumb but fun. I wouldn't necessarily call it a dumb movie (I bought the DVD after all because I'm a Dudikoff junkie), but it's certainly not a great movie. The concept is definitely a great starting point, and though this film handles it decently, I can just imagine what a big-budget studio film could do with it.


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