Jack Grimes is a martial arts expert who has been chosen as a the leader of one of four teams for an upcoming martial arts tournament to take place on a remote island. Despite his wife's pleads not to compete, Jack forms his team but finds trouble in the form of rival team leader Sam Slater, who works for crime lord Ivan. When Rick, a hired gun for Slater, is betrayed by the gangster and is left for dead, he joins Jack's team and now, the stage is set on the island for the Ultimate Game.Written by
If you want to see fit, athletic young men and women in skimpy clothing doing martial arts poses and hand-to-hand combat for about an hour, "The Ultimate Game" is right up your alley. The first 30-40 minutes are slow and stilted, and the sound is sometimes out-of-synch, making the film look as if it had been dubbed. But when we get to the martial arts tournament, held in an exotic island somewhere off the coast of Japan (I think), the movie starts delivering the goods for genre fans. If you can say a negative thing about the fight scenes, it's that sometimes they seem a bit too "rehearsed"; on the other hand, there are LOTS of them, they are shot in broad daylight so you can clearly see them, and the hits look realistic. And it is an equal-opportunity film: women will go crazy over J.D.Rifkin's abs, while men will want to see more of that blonde fighter who, at one point, smiles wickedly and then drops her leg on her opponent's stomach with such force that the other woman probably had a belly ache for several hours afterwards. (**)
6 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this