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I tell you what, man. When I saw that this film was given a 4.7, I had
to speak up. I had to set the record straight- this movie is great. All
Yeah, the plot makes about as much sense as Face/Off. But over the years I have not met one person that watched this movie and wasn't repeating lines the next day.
But enough about that. This movie has chemistry between the actors. There is just enough peril to keep the movie serious. It moves a long at a good pace. The dialog is about as funny as one could hope. Each character has some issue that is developed and ultimately resolved, which is not an easy feat with an ensemble cast like this.
Also, this movie is to Jack Palance what True Grit was for John Wayne. Jack Palance's Detective Jake Stone is a caricature of his previous roles as a no-nonsense, cynical, chain-smoking bad-ass.
Then you have Chevy Chase who is as funny as ever. For that matter, I really don't see how somebody that likes the Vacation movies could dislike this film. It's pretty much the same family, only they don't go on vacation. They have some cops come live with them and comedy ensues.
Anybody who gives this movie less than a 6/10 needs to pull the stick out of their rectum.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I couldn't believe the low score this movie got. This movie was action
packed. All the characters were hilarious. The plot was reasonable, and
who can blame it for only serving to bring one fight to another? I'll
try to straighten out the plot: Organized crime gang contracts a
ragtang gang of dirty scumbags to kidnap daughter of rich woman in
Chinatown. Her family goes on a hot blooded mission of violent revenge.
I don't know if I can really reveal more without spoilers, but there's
some nuances and intricacies.
This flick reminded me of some of David Carradine's more kung fu-based action movies of the same period. Matter of fact, I'm going to go as far as to say that the Bishop character was the bad guy from a certain Carradine Road Warrior rip-off film. Was this a fake kung fu movie? It seemed like it was an American movie masquerading as a real oriental product. Even the credits were weird.
I was also wondering if the dad in the movie was Van Damme's brother in the first Kickboxer. Same dude? Sure looked like him. The outfit he wears in his first seen also reminded me of Tommy Vercetti in Vice City.
This movie was decent only because it maintains a steady flow of
There's a pretty generic plot of a town being subjugated by a corrupt ruler, in this case it's the Japanese army during World War II. Of course our hero is an amazing fighter but is reluctant to enter a battle.
My version was horrendously dubbed to the point where at times I didn't really understand what was going on. But I'm not hard to please and the film delivers plenty of kung fu fighting.
There's nothing funny in the plot, but there were several instances of campy dialogue and general poor production that were unintentionally hilarious.
If you have 90 minutes to kill and you like kung fu movies, you can do a lot worse.
Eric Roberts "stars" in this Tommy Lee Thomas debut prison film. He
plays the leader of a corrupt ring of guards. Though evil by most
people's standards, his character is the kind of guy who is nice enough
to give you supporting wires while you hang chained to the ceiling as
he tortures you with "Lethal Weapon" electric prods.
The movie has an intricate plot about prison corruption that makes absolutely no sense. Thomas has Clint Eastwood's squinter eyes, Dolph Lundgren's one-liners, the acting abilities of JCVD and the body of the tiniest guy you knew in school who took steroids after graduation.
Martin "Cobra Kai" Kove's career shares this low point with Roberts, in the film it is difficult to tell if Kove's character is supposed to be drunk for the entire movie or if Kove just came that way. I couldn't blame him if he did.
Fortunately for all involved, this movie has a "so bad that it's good" quality that can be fun IF YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BETTER TO DO.
I came into this movie as an Eric Roberts fan. On the DVD he's the only
person on the cover and is hardly in the movie. They should have had
the dude from One Life To Live on the box instead because he was the
hero of the film.
Anyways, my main beef with the movie was the fact that it seemed like the director was more familiar with stage acting than film, and for the most part it seemed like the same went for the cast. The battle scenes in particular were horribly done.
I don't tend to bash movies for being low budget but this one really did nothing with nothing. No horses, one terrible set, childish special effects. Sam Raimi or Peter Jackson might have been able to pull a rabbit out of that hat but not the guys responsible for this one.