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Beyond Loch Ness (2008)
Nessie I think we are not in Scotland anymore.
Yet another attempt to bring back good old Loch Ness monster to the big screen. In this case, smaller
straight to video screen. The movie opens with group of lousy scientists who found an egg of plesiosaur. And few minutes later, Nessie founds them, and eats them. Along with the leading scientist, leaving only his son James. 30 years later James arrives at Lake Superior, somewhere in North America, near Canada
because he thinks that Nessie might be there. Now, let's start with the questions
How did Nessie got there? Did she really took 30 years? Isn't this supposed to be about fabled Loch Ness monster? Yeah, Brian gives us answers during the film
but those are not plausible at all. So, this is one of those low-b movies, with the revenge element. Because our leading hero James, played by Brian Krause (once a well known actor from late 80s and early 90s), a cryptozoologist, who doesn't want to examine and search for the monster, but rather to kill every last one of them. James is rather dull, boring, non- charismatic, just settled to find and kill a monster, nothing more. And he looks clichéd with his rugged looks, fedora hat and long, trench coat. Just to give you an idea that you don't mess with this guy
he hunts monsters. So, that's just about it. The movie revolves around James, a sheriff Karen Riley and her looser son Josh. None of these characters are interesting, or developed, they are just there to get us through this boring ordeal. We also have supporting cast consisted from dumb, obnoxious and naïve teenagers who are just there to have a connection with Josh. We also have late Don S. Davis as a deputy sheriff. Don was a good actor, and not worthy of these kind of movies. Nothing much to say about this
CGI is friggin' terrible, script is usual stuff about vengeance, acting performances are not convincing, editing
meh, camera work is just wrong. While subjective camera is there to show Nessie's vision, she moves under the water, but when the camera is filming
it's ABOVE. Camera operator and the crew need to get informed on how creature of this background works under and above the water. Now, one more thing. About the monster. I think it's important to say a thing, or two about the monster. It's silly. As I stated, the CGI is terrible, and at one point James's father said that Nessie is Plesiosaur. The monster doesn't even look like Plesiosaur, nor even like any of those dinosaurs of the same order. This is one of those movies that you should watch with friends to have a good laugh, or just trash it.
Well just what the title says
It would seem that the title is consistent it would seem that we got what we wanted. But, is it good? Well, not that much. We just got what we asked for and that's it. The movie starts from the ending of AVP (2004), so we can easily call this film "AVP 2". A Pred-Alien somehow grows pretty fast and kills every predator on board and the spacecraft crashed somewhere in the woods of south US. Not only that Pred-Alien survived the crash, but also a few facehuggers. So, alarm is triggered at predator's home planet (which looks pretty weird and out of place) and a special kind of predator, a "cleaner predator" so to say, flies away to earth to clean behind other predators and to find other xenomorph threats. After many incidents, the residents are gathering to survive.
So, basically, we got this nothing special film. Where all attention was pointed to our title characters and their looks. So, why human character? They were just pointless and waste of time and money. This movie could work better if it was made for YouTube, or something like that. The human characters are dull, and undeveloped. They act like they are in some sort horror slasher film. They were just a bags of meat to develop the further actions and final battle between two title characters. Aliens are looking good, Predator also looks good, as more dangerous and more special kind of Predator. Make up department and costume department did a great job with both of them and I give a respect to Tom Woodruff Jr. and his team of practical special effects and puppets and also I am grateful for lack of CGI, and of course I think that Ian Whyte is not bad in the role of Predator. Soundtrack is solid, editing is good, sound effects are good. The place chosen for the final conflict is well kind of decent. A little bit of woods, a little bit of sewers, and a little bit of pool and hospital.
Overall, this movie is not bad, nor good. It just gave you what you wanted. And that's just it. It has some solid fun, and that's the only reason why should you watch it.
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Average, empty film.
This is one quite empty, uninteresting film. Honestly, I found old Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan film far more better than this. I even found Bo Derek naked breast and bottom version better and to mention that I enjoy low budget TV series "Tarzan Epic Adventures" with Joe Lara in title role So, what happened here? Directing and writing is just average, nothing that spectacular, intriguing, or investing in the film. It has some, decent story and development in it, but characters are just dull, one dimensional and empty. Tarzan resides in London with Jane, trying to act like nobleman John Clayton in civilized society. And that goes pretty hard for both of them. A man named Rom (Waltz) staged a trap for Tarzan to return to Africa so that Rom could bring Tarzan to a tribe to trade him for diamonds. So, Tarzan must find the way to save himself, Jane and others. The decent story, but it still has that diamond cliché crap.
Let's take a look at our title character. Alexander Skarsgard is a good actor. He really is. He was chosen for the role because of his height and already athletic built. And that was OK. His acting was just uninteresting like he had something else in mind and decided to perform with only one emotion and only one tone of voice. His bright hair and tan just visually doesn't give you a real Tarzan image. Tarzan should have dark hair and distinctive dark tan. I think that director and writer didn't read Burroughs's book. Tarzan is depicted without loincloth. OK, I can live with that, but, where is the knife? The knife is something like a trademark to Tarzan. And he doesn't have it. How come? The Tarzan roar? We can hear it twice in the film, and both are the same (lazy work there), and they are definitively do not comes from Skarsgard somebody else did this roar. Guaranteed. One more thing there is a scene where Tarzan shows his hands and how big and developed they are. The thing is his hands somewhat "mutated" because of his raising with the apes. That was the depiction of the fastest evolution ever. And it's just ridiculous. Jane is played by Margot Robbie. Robbie was there to be something like a spokeswoman for Tarzan, just to tell the audience hos dangerous he is. She was the emptiest of them all. Yes, they wrote her strong, resourceful and that was just it. There is a scene that suggest that she should act like a damsel in distress. And she wouldn't. I think they made her like that, just not to upset feminists, or something. Samuel L. Jackson was probably the best actor here, but his talents were sabotaged by using him just to be a comic relief spewing around funny remarks about everything. That was just a waste of a good actor. Christoph Waltz plays Leon Rom, basically I think so many people noticed this, well so did I. He was definitively inspired by two Indiana Jones villains. Waltz is a good actor but his villainous character of Rom was just not that interesting. I think it's extremely important to make your main villain interesting, charismatic and likable. But Rom had none of those qualities. He has this necklace with a cross weapon which fate is pretty predictable. Djimon Hounsou plays supporting villain and the leader of leopard tribe from Opar. A good actor, visually looks menacing. But, also no charisma, or anything interesting.
Costumes were good, soundtrack was solid (it has that typical intense violin, which did not change since 2005), there was some of stages built for film, which was OK. Editing and sound effects were good. Visuals of Africa were not that thrilling. And, here is the reason why. CGI. They have CGI-ed every damn animal in this film. Even the most important characters gorillas. Why? Was it hard to find some real life gorillas? Was it hard to make a realistic gorilla costume? No matter how fake they look like, at least they are there and they are more interactive with the characters on film. CGI was not that great and it spoiled that good visuals of flora and fauna in Africa. That was just lazy. They couldn't even found any other animal for the scenes. Everything is CGI. So, that's where the all money went. On CGI, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz and
definitively on Alexander Skarsgard's diet and workout for the film. I just can't believe it
that this was the most focal point of entire filming. His hard workout and tough change of diet. They were all worried about Alex, will he be able to look like Tarzan on time? Come on, man
Why not worry about developing characters, better script, better villain, better Tarzan, better acting, better development in characters and story. And less CGI. So, overall, this is one dull, empty film, it's not the worst, nor that bad
it's just not that special. You can watch with the family. At least it offers a decent family fun.
Doom II: Hell on Earth (1994)
My favorite FPS.
I was about 10 years old when I hold grasp to this game... It was like an epiphany for me. I have never played the first "Doom", but when you are a 10 year old, you don't care, let's just play the game. I just couldn't get enough of this game. Every time I played it, I was possessed! I was pretty much an insane gamer just for "Doom", and when I got the cheat codes... how delightful was that. But, enough about that part of my childhood, let's dive in.
According to the story, you are the same marine as before... the Doomguy, as we call him, finds himself on planet Earth, and he finds out that the Earth itself was taken over by demons and turned it into a hellhole. So, you take your guns and... just go to save the world. It's basically simple stuff, really. There isn't much you can do. Just run around kill monsters (with various weapons, for every occasion, of course), finding key cards to progress through the level. You have boss fights on the end of every episode (episodes are continuous), or you have a multiple large opponents. The Doomguy could just walk, or run fast and that's it. In later years, they added a jump and crouch.
So, what is exactly so good about "Doom 2", or "Doom", or "Doom Ultimate"? Why is it still holding up, even today? Well, almost 24 years ago... graphics were top notch, but today, they are just bunch of cubes... without any real, rendered form. The edge that holds even today is that graphics team were very dedicated and imaginative and they designed monsters, demons, weapons and levels the best way possible at that time. The sound effects were just awesome and they are holding up even today. Gameplay is amazing. It's dynamic and simple, and it's doesn't have time to explain itself. That's what I like about these old early 90s PC games... they were not that big and not that pretentious to give us a bunch of story details at the beginning of the game for example... and to move your character through an endless tutorial, or "story mode", that you need to follow. It was a time when games just cut the crap and start shooting. AI for the time was nothing special, it was about to get more perfected as the time goes by. So, that's it... nothing more. Everything else is so simple that is not even worthy of mentioning. We have aliens, monsters and demons... I don't know which inspirations were used for them, I think it's something from the Bible... when it comes to hell monsters and demons and other things.
That is just fascinating, that there was no some good explanation for the demons with whom are you fighting. Who are they? Are they aliens from some deep space and they came from some space hell? Did demons showed to us in the form of hellish creatures from Christian bible? Who knows. And that's what I like the best about this game. You just have to use your own imagination. The same thing goes for the level design. You just can't tell if you are on earth. There are maybe few levels that suggest that you are, in fact on earth. But the others... well not that much. And I love the design of levels in the game, just great. It also set you in the imagination and questioning yourself... "where the hell am I?"... There are of course some new weapons and enemies and they are good.
In conclusion, what to say? It IS one of the best FPS games ever made from that old time when the things were simple and it holds today far more better than you realize. How do I know that? Just look at bunch of modes and various other "Doom" versions on line. People enjoy making them and other people... enjoy playing them. Doom is one of those games that just never gets old. Play it and enjoy it...
Jurassic Park III (2001)
One gigantic slap in the face with dino turd to the original Jurassic Park fans all over the world.
I wasn't that excited for this film, after founding out that T Rex is not a star anymore. But, I watched it, just to see what a hell they did with it. I did not have any high expectations and after the film, it turns out to be a large disappointment.
In my opinion, Jurassic Park (1993) is one of the best movies I have ever saw. The beautiful, stylish SF/adventure with great directing, cast and CGI. The sequel Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) was not bad, but it did posses the beauty of the first one. But the third film is just a low, yet evil move. A really big slap in the face to the fans and audience. Usually, I don't find most of sequels, prequels, or remakes necessary, but for this one I decide to make an exception, but after finding out about some things, noted above on the beginning of the review. The film is directed by Joe Johnston who single handedly destroyed Jurassic Park trilogy. This guy is a bad director, just bad. It took 3 people to write a screenplay for this film no wonder they ruined the whole stuff too.
We bring back Dr. Alan Grant and dr. Ellie Settler (although her character has only 2-3 minutes of screen time in total and she wasn't that interesting). Grant and his assistant Billy are tricked by fake rich man Kirby (played by William H. Macy) and his wife Amanda (Tea Leoni) to take them to the island Isla Nublar to act like a dinosaur guides. But, it turns out that Kirby and Amanda are looking for their son Eric. So they have to endure a rough jungle terrain filled with all kind of dinosaurs. The story is just ridiculous. Are you kidding me? People are so desperate to kidnap other people because they believe that they know about the island where their son is located? The premise just doesn't make sense. And you expect for the kid to survive on an island full of dinosaurs? Come on
The actors (even the talented ones) were just ridiculous in their performances. The characters are predictable and dumb. Really dumb, unreasonable characters
That slap in the face to the audience and fans
that is a large spoiler. Watch the movie if you want to know what I'm talking about. The music score is not bad, composed by Don Davis, who just took from John Williams and change it a little bit. Sound effects were good, CGI could be better and I can appreciate the usage of practical effects and audio-animatronic effects. Other things just suck. There's also a subplot which is based upon new scientific findings (from that time) and they decided to put it in the film, OK some of that stuff is interesting, and some of that is just ridiculous. Some of the new changes is that velociraptors had a crest on their head and that the Spinosaur was the biggest carnivore who ever walked the earth. Overall, this is one huge dino turd and it deserves to be forgotten.
Low budget but it kind of works.
This is, I think, one of the rare Van Damme films that I really appreciate. So, let's dive in. Van Damme plays a mercenary Gibson who is following a gang of pirates lead by merciless Fender. At the beginning of the film, Gibson meets the title cyborg who has information about the cure for the post-apocalyptic state that they are in. But, she is captured by Fender, so Gibson is teamed up with another rookie Nady to find and stop Fender. Now, I can easily say that this is one of the first, or if not the first Van Damme film that has revenge element, just like in 95% of his films. He was a villain in "No Retreat, No Surrender" and in "Black Eagle", and he was a leading hero in full contact fighting film "Bloodsport", but none of these films had that revenge element from the very start. So, this one is the very first.
Albert Pynn well, what to say, he is not the best director around, but when it comes to some low budget action films, I think he distinguished himself pretty solid. And I think "Cyborg" is his best work. The film itself is pretty fun. Silly, but fun, with no developed characters. Van Damme is not the best actor around, but I think it's tolerable for the first time to see him in this revenge element action film. But, later it's not that fun. Deborah Richter plays Nady. She was nothing that special, only to be around to serve as a hot and cute love interest for Van Damme. Dayle Haddon plays cyborg, named Pearl Prophet. Dayle was pretty good, but in some scenes, she showed some emotions that would stand out within the typical human being. Yet, it's not that much explained how did she got those emotions, she was programmed only to bring back information for scientist who intends to save the world. We also have early appearances from Ralf Moller and Stefanos Miltasakakis. But, the guy who steals the show is Vincent Klyn who plays Fender. OK, Vincent is not that good at acting, but he had that menacing looks, deep voice and leader charisma. He had some sort of his own unique style. But, the pale eyes what was that all about? There are dark toned people with pale, gray eyes why is that unusual in this film? And, of course, you start laughing when Fender is in his fighting mode, because then he goes way over the top.
The music score was so low budget, I think they afforded only two or three instruments. And only few scores were composed, love theme, Fender theme, fighting theme, Haley theme (Haley is a friend of Gibson) and main theme
But I think that it wasn't that bad and it had a lot of potential. Sound mixing is good, I think that sound effects when it comes to the knife sounds and punching are good. Especially punching. The punching sound effect was so powerful, that you just enjoy it. The filming locations were, I got to admit pretty solid. They really carefully choose the locations. Make up is pretty good. Other stuff
well, not that special. This is a solid Van Damme stuff. I recommend it.
Nothing special just that subject of 'what would happen if a Spanish swordsman fight a samurai?'
The movie is quite mediocre. Nothing special happens, the plot itself is not that much epic, the characters are two dimensional and too much ordinary. The story is about shogun warrior Mayeda who is also a personal bodyguard to emperor's son. After the tragic death of his family, his emperor sends him to Spain to do trading. On the way and in the Spain, the trouble follows, so Mayeda has to protect emperor's sun and to show Spanish king his worth and trust. First of all script and directing are boring and too much predictable, obvious and simple. Simple, not in a good way. Now, we have actors
This is one of the 90s appearances of Sho Kosugi in foreign films. But, here, I'll be honest, he tries hard to do some serious acting. He really does, and his character of Mayeda his one tough guy. Honorable and brave, the kind of character that you really enjoy. His son Kane Kosugi appears as emperor's sun Yorimune and I think he was not that bad and I think the character is pretty well written. A young and brash prince, who also holds high respect for Spanish king and bravery. Although, he is bonded by Japanese tradition
when it comes to the women, for example. The leading lady is Cecillia, played by Polly Walker. Polly was young and still has to learn about acting. Cecillia was nothing special, you could easily see that she was there only to fell in love with Mayeda. The leading villain is Don Pedro, played by David Essex. Pedro was funny and typical (spoiled and easily insulted) villain, full of boring pride. While David Essex didn't even try to act here. I was just not that convinced that he was Spanish. Now, for the serious stuff when it comes to the actors. We have John Rhys-Davies here. Yep, as a supporting Turkish villain. This is one of those times, when John started (perhaps) to appear in these low budget movies. We also have Toshiro Mifune, who plays Japanese emperor. He was OK
Mifune hardly fails in his performance. And we also have Christopher Lee as a Spanish king. What an excellent choice for the role, and to give a high ruling position in contrast to Mifune's Japanese emperor. That was just great. Lee was good, also hardly to fail. Although he looked kind of disinterested in his part. Other things as music, editing
well nothing special, as I said before
The movie also has a pretty interesting subplot about an evil plot that christians have with secret samurai clan to kill young prince. I could easily say, (maybe I am wrong) that this movie shows some evil Christian influence on high royals from that time. I don't necessarily recommend this film. But, if you are a fan of sword fighting, especially in this kind of film where Spanish swordsman fights a samurai
but who will win? For that, you need to see the movie.
Masters of the Universe (1987)
Two words: Frank Langella.
So, this precious little gem, from the 80s, still remains a special gem in our minds. First of all, let me be clear, this is movie is bad, not the worst, but really bad and campy. I don't know how Cannon pictures took over the rights for this film, and how no other well-known, or larger studio didn't take the rights of something so popular. Really, He-Man and Masters of the Universe were quite popular and favorite show for kids (and to mention all that toys sales ), but was it a good idea? Was it necessary? Even for the 80s?
Now, the budget was ridiculously low, and the movie did not worked well at box office, but it has, even today, a loyal cult following. The story is funny, it's just a movie adaptation of some typical (not exactly) episode about a cosmic key that is wanted by Skeletor. Now, the story and directing, including script are cheesy, meant for kids of course, but when you get older, you realize how dumb that clichéd that was. They did not follow the original idea entirely, the characters do not look too much as themselves from the original TV show, they did not even put their original super powers, or special abilities, He-Man doesn't even have his Battle cat. So, that makes things disappointing. The acting is ridiculous, except maybe for Meg Foster and of course Frank Langella I'll talk about him soon enough.
I have to admit that Dolph Lundgren was a pretty good choice for He- Man, but, the guy can't act, and he looks pretty much older and they never referred to him as "Adam". Meg Foster was good as Evil-Lyn and I think she was a good choice and she put some of her charm and poisonous sexiness to her character I vouch for her. This was one of the first major roles of Courtney Cox, thought she did not tried that much, nor her character was all that developed. Her boyfriend Kevin (Robert Duncan McNeill) was just ridiculous. Other actors as James Tolkan (who played a cliché detective who waits his retirement), Neil Cypher (Man at Arms was not that special) was solid, Chelsea Field (Teela was not that much developed also, she was there to look good in her tight white battle-armor ). I think that supporting actors as Bill Barty (who played Gwildor) was good. Though I also think that they made up this character, because they didn't have a budget for Orko. And also Anthony Longinus was good as Blade, though he could do more fighting scenes with his character.
Now, for Frank Langella what to say Everyone who studies acting, want to become an actor, or is already an accomplished actor must swear to Langella's performance here. I think that Langella saved this film. He was easily the best actor in the film. So this is a prime example of good actor, overshadowing all other actors. He just steals the entire show and he was glad about it, because his sons wanted him to play Skeletor. And look at him, that is the actor who had so much fun with his character and that would be a good advice to other actors just have fun with it. Just like for example Raul Julia in Street Fighter (1994).
The costumes and make up were not entirely bad, but the costumes could have been better. They could make them to identify more with the TV show characters. The costumes of Skeletor's storm troopers were too generic
too usual. The interior and exterior of planet Eternia was bad
it was just bad and unimaginative
So most of the scenes were filmed on earth. There are also people who thinks that this movie has gay overtones and make jokes about it
Really, some people can't notice something far more important in the film
Overall, I do recommend this gem, because it's a good, family fun, of course not to take for granted. And, yes
watch after credits.
Jurassic World (2015)
Only worthy because of the end
A Few years ago I heard that the fourth JP movie is planning. I wasn't that much excited, because of all stories I heard about hybrid mutants and other stuff. However, I must say that I enjoyed it very much. This film brought a very exciting ending, and I think that's the reason why this film rocked so much at the box office. And I promise you I will explain to you in the spoilers section. I'll mark where the spoilers are.
In 2001, "Jurassic Park 3" simply ruined the franchise, and really, it took 14 years to heal. Now, the plot is little bit ridiculous. Because some rumors about hybrid dinosaurs were true. The movie is set in 2015, and of course it shows today's typical society, people's faces and ears stapled to cell phones and tablets. Two parents are sending their kids to the Jurassic World. Gray and Zach. The characters of Zach and Gray did not leave that much of an impression, one is a Dino-nut, spewing all the dinosaur trivia and names, because audience is probably not that informed and Zach is just missing his girlfriend. These two tare thrown into a deadly situation, only to practice their screaming and to gives us that old cliché of youngsters in trouble.Then we have Owen Grady (Pratt), who works in the 'World' as a raptor tamer. How is that working? How can you tame an extremely primitive, overlarge lizard? He is also charming and horny, but I think that's Chris Pratt's persona and there are some of those charming, funny scraps of Starlord from "The Guardians of the Galaxy". Then, we have Clair (Howard). She is a park manager, and just somewhat a female version of John Hammond (wearing all that white). She is not a CEO, but merely a director of the operations of the park, because Hammond hasn't open his own park yet in the first film, and he was a CEO. Her character was pretty much strong, she was ready for action when it was required and she is pretty much married to her job. Her character brings out something that is just silly in the film. Now, she explains that the people are not excited by the "Jurassic World" anymore, I quote her "No one is interested in dinosaurs anymore" and "Kids these days are looking at the Stegosaurus as an elephant in the zoo." Are you kidding me? Are those kids so hard to please? Those are dinosaurs! Scientist brought back dinosaurs! And they are not intriguing and interesting anymore? Seriously? So, we are brought to our main antagonist of the film Indominus Rex. What? You gave him "Rex" at the end? So, he is basically a new king in the block. This is our dinosaur hybrid made from DNA of other various animals. So it's basically a super dinosaur, who can, for example use camouflage. And is it just me, or that does Indominus looks like giant Velociraptor? Then we have park's CEO Masrani (Irrfan Khan) who is somewhat, larger than life comedy relief. And he is not funny. We have a human villain Vic Hoskins (D'Onofrio) who is really irritating character. The character is badly written, you just don't know if he is some sleazy imp, or a hard ass, stupid guy who loves control over things. He just wasn't that interesting. Henry Wu (B D Wong) returns to us from the first film, as the leader of genetic research from InGen. And just to gives us explanation for Indominus Rex. So, he is an Indominus Spokesperson.
Actors were pretty good. Pratt was basically a typecast because of his funny and charming persona. Khan was good. The kids were nothing special. Vincent D'Onofrio is easily the best actor in the film, but I think he was there for the money. BD Wong, Omar Sy, Jake Johnson (a spineless, funny park operator who wears an old Jurassic Park shirt. And that's one scene I didn't like in the film, because Clair asks him to remove his shirt, because people have died. Oh, really? Than I have to question this film, because, when your movie is named "Jurassic World" and has dinosaurs in it and it's rated PG-13, you don't expect unicorn ponies doing some uni porn. You expect dinosaurs eating people and that's basically director's , producers and writes way of saying "Our film is better than the old ones"). Now, let's discuss CGI. It could have been better. I am not joking, it's just not that convincing. I think that CGI artist should have watch first film to see the excellence of the early CGI which was totally awesome. And there was just a tiny bit of audio animatronics in the film. It would be better if they had it more. Editing was good, pretty much intense. The Set design was pretty good. Exterior is appalling and thrilling. Camera work was solid, directing was not that , it was a good fun. When it comes to the script, why did it take a five people to wrote it? That just ruined the film. Sound and stunts were good. Music score was just a derivative from John Williams's brilliant score from the old films. The dinosaur design remained mostly the same and it's good.
HERE COMES SPOILERS
As I promised, here's why I think that this film was great at the box office because it brought back T Rex. And that's why I said, in the review title that this is the only thing the movie worth watching. T-Rex is back to have an awesome fight with Indominus. Now that was the only part of the movie when I was just thrilled and excited. I don't remember when was the last time I saw this kind of good old battle at the end of some new film. a classic monster film. Overall, this is one entertaining monster film and I recommend it. Have fun.
I think it's watchable. Bolo Yeung rules!
This is one of those movies which is for karate, tae kwon do, kung fu and kick boxing fans, and of course, practitioners. This low budget martial arts movie, which is, as most of them very simple when it comes to the story, characters, directing and other stuff. There is simply no real complex stuff, no real dilemma between characters and no development. It's a typical good VS evil story with the haunting past element. A fighter Nick (Michael Bernardo) returns to his good friend Ruben (William Zabka), and upon their reunion they decide to sign in on the underground fighting tournament, held by Mr. Lee (Martin Kove). Nick founds out that the fights are brutal and sometimes to the death. But, Ruben is persistent and wants to fight. So, Nick asks for help from Ruben's teacher Shingo (Bolo Yeung), to save Ruben's life.
So, the movie is actually nothing special. Pretty bad when it comes to some stuff For example, actors can't act. Well, most of them are martial artists. The real actors are maybe Edward Albert, Richard Eden and Maryam D'Abo (and I still don't understand how did she get here?). Edward Albert and Richard Eden are not bad actors, but they really appeared in much of the low budget films. Martin Kove is also not a bad actor, but his villain Mr. Lee is just evil and that's it. He is evil and he looks kind of deadly. Nothing more. Though Kove posses some kind of charisma. Michael Bernardo didn't do much with his character, he just under played it. William Zabka was not that bad, I think he was decent. Though his character is somewhat irritating. Just wouldn't listen and he is too prideful. And not in an interesting, complex way he is just a jerk. Zabka did not move from these kind of films, he remained well known for being martial artist on the film, or rather a bully, just like in "Karate Kid". And for the last I saved Bolo Yeung. What can I say? This man cannot act and he doesn't have to. This man has such a powerful appearance on the film, such a powerful charisma and character that he simply doesn't need to act. He played himself basically, but this time he was the good guy. Go, Bolo, go! He is the main man.
The other things in the movie are nothing special, OK, the most important fighting scenes. They were good, plausible. Well done filmed. Though, there are some that were ridiculous. And I think that music score is pretty interesting, especially in training montage. I recommend this film to all martial arts movie fans.