As informal punishment for an unwitting affair with admiral Gregory Maitland's adulterous wife, Sam Axe, a US Navy Commander, was sent to Colombia to observe the suspected rebel movement Espada Ardiente ('Burning Sword'). Now he's under investigation for allegedly consorting with those alleged terrorists. He explains how he discovered that his Colombian army liaison Comandante Veracruz was the real drug dealers cahoot, who pailed on framing Axe and presumably innocent farmers for the bombing of an American-run Andes clinic. Sam escaped and tried to help the civilians and forces CIA observers to demand urgent help. He even found a trump card to avoid conviction for his illegal methods and a favorable discharge. Written by
During their final stand against Veracruz, Sam tells Luis to shoot the gas tank of a toppled truck, which causes an explosion. During a season 2 episode of the series, Michael's narration during a hot situation explains how this technique is a trick that's only used in movies and doesn't work in real life without a pre existing flame or a spark to ignite a fuel leak. See more »
A "military court" would not have issued a ruling (as stated in the voice-over during the airport scene) without a formal proceeding. The question and answer session was not a formal military proceeding, even though a female character appeared as though she was supposed to be transcribing the session. See more »
[the improvised bomb explodes, knocking Sam and Ben to the ground]
What the hell did you do?
I maximized the pressure! Because you told me! You told me to maximize the pressure!
Yeah, I did, I just didn't know you were going to do it so well! You got talent!
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As a long-time Bruce fan (I first saw Evil Dead in the early 90's, not realizing the man already had a cult fan base), I enjoyed every scene Bruce was in, and since he was in virtually every scene in the film, obviously I enjoyed most of the film. The doctor guy was annoying, the love interest was whiny but an OK foil, the teen girl was hot but evidently found the scenery too tempting to resist gobbling up in big bites. The villains were competently played but telegraphed oily evil immediately, losing all sense of suspense there.
It was predictable and a bit preachy, and the mention of the SOA was bordering on heavy-handed, but Bruce charms and smirks his way through it and makes an otherwise forgettable bit of tripe an actual pleasure to watch. It is significant, however, that no one but him could have.
Of course, one doesn't watch Bruce Campbell for the outstanding special effects (Alien Apocalypse, anyone?), the great supporting cast (The Man with the Screaming Brain?), or the realistic, down-to-earth plots (any Evil Dead you care to name), one watches for Bruce. By that standard, this movie does fine.
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