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Bloodfist 2050 reminds me of the low budget action movies Jean-Claude
Van Damme used to make in the late 1980s before he moved to Hollywood
and became a total loser. In case of any confusion, I mean that as a
compliment. Just like those films, Bloodfist 2050 makes no pretence
about its meagre plot or wooden acting, choosing instead to focus its
resources on squeezing as much action into the film as possible. The
result is one of the most honest and enjoyable straight-to-video
(actually, straight-to-TV) action films that I have seen in a while.
The plot is really beside the point but to summarise: Alex visits his brother Johnny, a pit fighter, only to find out that he has been murdered. Alex decides to pursue the murderer with the help of Slick, a police detective. Slick suggests that a pit fighter may be responsible, so naturally he trains Alex to become a fighting machine and enter an upcoming tournament. The same plot has served hundreds of action films over the years, and with good reason - It's the perfect vehicle for almost non-stop violence. The only real twist here is the fact that the movie is set in the future, hence the "2050".
Bloodfist 2050 really doesn't disappoint when it comes to action. From the car chase that begins the movie, to confrontations with street thugs and pit fighters, the action flows constantly. The fights are mostly brutal and the acrobatic skill of the various participants is put to good use. The violence is really only broken up by stripping routines and a sex scene. In fact, the film is surprisingly sleazy. I was not surprised to learn that some of the cast earn their livings making soft core adult movies.
The performances are uniformly bad but they serve their purpose. Matt Mullins makes a decent action hero. He may have the charisma of rotting vegetables but he looks the part and is obviously a skilled martial artist. As the stripper love-interest, Beverly Lynne exposes her breasts competently enough. Joe Sabatino also does reasonably well as Slick, particularly in the film's latter stages.
If you like mindless violence interspersed with gratuitous nudity, then Bloodfist 2050 comes highly recommended.
This in-name-only sequel to the beloved Don "The Dragon" Wilson series is a classic Concorde-New Horizons early 90s production - it just happens that it was made in 2005. Alex Danko (five time world martial arts champion Matt Mullins) arrives in futuristic LA to find his brother dead. Like all good brothers, he vows to find the killer and enters "The Pit," an arena where martial arts combatants are pitted against one another. Director Ciro Santiago (using the pseudonym Leonard Hermes) really jumps into the Concorde archives with this one. The film is literally spot the stock footage from past productions. For example, Maria Ford pops up as a stripper, but I'm pretty sure she has no idea she is in this. Yet he somehow makes it work. What is glaring are the bits where the male and female leads hairstyles change dramatically. Mullins is a very acrobatic and talented martial artist. Beverly Lynne, as his love interest, provides plenty of strip scenes. The real surprise is TV vet Joe Sabatino as Det. Marino aka Slick. He is quite good and it is surprising to see him in such a cheapjack production.
Oh my this movie rocked! It has everything. Mad Max meets Blade Runner
meets Cage. The only thing missing from this movie are mutants, or
vampires... or any kind of monster actually. But every other thing you
can think of, this movie has:
It literary starts with a bang! Random people are running back and forth on the screen while they burn and blow up. Followed by amusing sped up footage which makes for a car chase scene. Then comes tits.
Some rather slow fights scenes follow where, though some of the moves are kinda cool, the characters are still 1 meter apart, and obviously misses, to absurdly excessive sound effects. More tits follow.
A laughable low-fi cgi clip which is shown about 7 times during the movie. More tits.
Crazy overuse of stock footage which doesn't fit in at all. Followed by tits. Suddenly a sex scene comes along. Followed by yet new tits.
Which brings it to the most obvious plot twist in movie history?
All done with horrible sound production, editing seemingly by a 3 year old, no acting whatsoever, directing? what directing?
This movie is at the very top of the "so bad it's good" genre. And possibly the largest combination of tits and explosions ever put on screen?
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Los Angeles in the year 2050 AD. Alex Danko, a soldier fleeing a
battle, enters the city in order to connect with his brother Johnny. He
arrives at Johnny's apartment only to find that he is dead, the victim
of a brutal beating. With Johnny's girlfriend Nadia (who works as a
stripper in a local bar) & her fighter brother Randy, Alex encounters
Detective Marino, who claims that Johnny was killed by a fighter in the
Pit, an underground freestyle fighting ring. With Marino's help, Alex
enters the Pit as a contestant in order to flush the killer out. But as
he fights his way through some of the most brutal fighters the world
has ever seen, he begins to suspect that Marino might have some secret
information on his brother's death.
The Bloodfist series was a minor franchise that existed between 1989 & 1996, spawning eight films in total. The first two films were martial arts showcases that used their casting of real-life martial arts champions as a gimmick to make money, which the original Bloodfist did so well at during its brief limited theatrical run, causing producer Roger Corman to greenlight a staggering seven sequels over the next seven years. But the series slowly morphed from a martial arts showcase to a prison drama with the third film & after that into a generic action series. The only thing all eight films had in common was that they were headlined by Don "The Dragon" Wilson, a champion kickboxer who used the series to make a name for himself as a minor B-grade action hero.
I don't quite understand how on Earth Bloodfist 2050 was greenlit, but somehow it came about. The film was helmed by Cirio H. Santiago, a prolific exploitation director who hailed from the Philippines. Santiago, who used the pseudonym "Leonard Hermes" on this film's credits, decided to mount a remake of the original Bloodfist but had even less of a budget than the other films (this would also be the last film Santiago would make before dying shortly after). Indeed a good portion of the film, mainly the opening scenes & several shots throughout the film, consists of stock footage taken from other films. Some of the stock footage doesn't even make sense when seen as part of the film at times it is hard to decipher what is going on.
Bloodfist 2050 is one of the worst martial arts thrillers I have seen in quite some time, although it is not entirely terrible. Matt Mullins takes over from Don "The Dragon" Wilson in the hero role & does a pretty good job with it. Not to mention that his skills are nothing short of astounding he takes on gangbangers & thugs with an energy that Wilson couldn't quite match in his eight film appearances in the series proper. Watching Mullins beat the crap out of the thugs & other fighters is a pleasant experience & makes the film rank slightly higher than some of the older Bloodfist films.
But on the other hand, the film is inept to a level I have not seen in any professional films for a long time. The stock footage is used without any thought put into it. The CGI shot of the ruins of Los Angeles is nothing short of atrocious & the plot is actually a recycled version of the original Bloodfist once you realise that, the entire film's storyline can be guessed within the first ten minutes. The film was obviously shot in the Philippines, with Manila doing a remarkably poor job of standing in for a post-apocalyptic LA. The other bugbear I had with the film was the numerous filler shots of Beverly Lynne doing various striptease routines this was quite annoying since it had nothing to do with the plot & ran for several minutes each time (ironically the film only ran to about 78 minutes in total). Mullins' fighting moves are probably the only reason you should check this out for but on every other front it is dead in the water.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
BLOODFIST 2050 is the ninth & so far, final film in the long running
BLOODFIST series. Unlike the previous eight films, this is the only
series entry not produced by NEW HORIZONS the previous films
distributor, ROGER CORMAN & is the only entry that does not feature
former series star "Don The Dragon " Wilson. Here he is replaced by a
real world martial arts champion MATT MULLINS, playing the lead hero
Alex. As with the previous entries, this film has nothing whatsoever to
do with the previous eight movies & as I already mentioned in my
summary, this film despite it's claims is not a sequel but rather a
"remake' of the 1989 original only set up against the backdrop of 2050
L.A. Several elements are here that prove this: A fighter who was
supposed to lose a fight, decides to go against said advice & defeat
his opponent, only to go out later & get drunk, where he is attacked in
a dark alley & killed, while a homeless man steals money & an object
off the victim, that is well known to the hero. The hero arriving in
from another town upon learning of his brother's murder. The hero
chasing the homeless man through the alleyways when he sees him, trying
to get answers on who killed his brother, the homeless man agreeing to
meet with the hero & tell him who killed his brother, only for the
killer to find out & kill the witness before he can tell the hero. The
hero discovering an illegal underground martial arts tournament, that
his brother had fought in. The hero befriending a man who can train him
how to fight in said illegal martial arts tournament, the trainer
turning out to be the one who really killed the hero's brother. The
seemingly invincible fighter the hero is forced to take on in the
finals of the martial arts tournament, who is responsible for
pummelling & killing the hero's friend in the ring, the hero falling in
love with his friends sister, who is also a stripper. The hero's
trainer watching his pupil & his pupils friend, training against one
another & speaking of it being a remake, JOE MARI AVELLANA who starred
as the crooked trainer in the original (& starred in the first sequel),
returns here as a promoter of the fights & it was nice to see him
again. Unlike the 1989 original, the fights here are caught at all the
right angles & more impressive & visually dynamic & far more exciting
than those seen in the original & unlike the sequels that followed
after the second movie, this one sticks to the kick boxing story lines
that the series gradually shifted away from, to become just another
direct to video action series, with plots that had nothing whatsoever
to do with kick boxing. Speaking of kick boxing, if it's action you
want, than it's action you're going to get, as the film is filled to
the brim with almost non stop martial arts fighting scenes, trust me,
if the actors here were paid by the kicks & punches they deliver,
they'll never have to worry about going back to work ever again, since
they would clearly be set for life. The action is also well caught on
camera by CIRIO H. SANTIAGO & B movie actress MARIA FORD also turns up,
playing a stripper, but the real kicker is she didn't sign on to be in
this movie, since it's swiped from another film!
That said, BLOODFIST 2050 while enjoyable for the most part, suffers some of the same fate as it's 1989 original. The final fight in the tournament is again unimpressive & lacks any kind of suspense & or tension, simply because it's very rushed, despite the fact that there was a great build up in the tournament, that was leading up to this moment. It's also hard to buy into the fight, especially since the main bad guy fighter had been blowing through his opponents quiet easily early on, only to be easily defeated by the hero so quickly. The climax which reveals the trainer is really the one who was responsible for the hero's brother's death, was also weak, since anyone who seen the first & then seen this one, can spot all the "twists & turns" well ahead. The film also comes off as disappointingly sleazy at times, since it dives probably to deep in cheap B movie conventions, such as long running sequences featuring exotic dancers dancing topless on stage several times throughout the movie (I guess visiting illegal fighting matches & strip clubs is the only thing to do around war torn L.A. in 2050?), as well as sleazy sex scenes which makes the film feel really cheap & the futuristic back drop adds nothing whatever to the films main story.
All in all, I will admit that I went into the film with extremely low expectations & was expecting the worst (most of the reviews I read on the film ridiculed it & the futuristic setting admittedly didn't insure my confidence) however by the time the film was over, I was pleasantly surprised, despite being overly sleazy at times, it's thin plot & obvious plot twists & turns, BLOODFIST 2050 is better than a lot of the previous films in the series & should please fans of the series. One of my favourite entries.
Bloodfist 2050 is the ninth in the bloodfist series and it does not star Don Wilson (who was in the previous eight). Here we have Matt Mullins take over as the lead and apply his martial arts to those who need a beat down. In this chapter he is looking for his brother's killer who fights in a no holds barred competition. Sound familiar? For the most part this one is basically rehashing the first Bloodfist's plot even down to the killer's identity. This one takes place in the future (post apocalyptic kind) and the usual anarchy reigns supreme. For the most part Matt Mullins is OK in this. His fighting skill seems to belong in a better movie though as he easily disposes of any foe with ease and a couple of flashy moves. The budget is quite low as there only seems to be about three sets and the extended strip scenes at the strip club seem to be more at home on cinema's late night. All in all this chapter is a let down for anybody who are fans of the first eight. Except for the potential of Mullins the rest of the movie is a bomb and a disappointment.
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