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Sworn to Justice
Sworn to Justice
Actors: Cynthia Rothrock, Tony Lo Bianco, Kurt McKinney, Brad Dourif, Mako
Director: Paul Maslak
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
R     2001     1hr 37min

Martial arts champion cynthia rothrock stars as jana dane a psychologist and forensic prosecution witness who wakes up with terrifying psychic powers after a serious head injury. An injury sustained in a desperate battle w...  more »


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Actors: Cynthia Rothrock, Tony Lo Bianco, Kurt McKinney, Brad Dourif, Mako
Director: Paul Maslak
Creators: Cynthia Rothrock, Paul Maslak, Adam Fast, Douglas C. Witkins, Ivana Chubbuck, Neva Friedenn, Robert Easter
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Studio: Mti Home Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/28/2001
Original Release Date: 01/01/1996
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1996
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Sworn to justice
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This was a good film all around. Though it was a low budget film it had a good story line. The action was beleivable through most of the film. Cynthia has some good passion shots in this film that you don't see much of in her other films. I think this is one of the best films Cynthia has done thus far. I think Cynthia enjoyed doing this film because her character is convincing.
This is worth owning..."
Ouch, that was a rough watch
morgoth | omaha, NE | 11/18/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"So Cynthia Rothrick stars as a psychologist and comes home to find her sister and brother(I think) murdered. The robbers are still there so she fights with them and ends up hiting her head on a tree during her 200 foot drop. Instead of like going into a coma after hitting her head, she is now a psychic. Seriously. All of this happens in the first 5 minutes of the movie. Now this flick really has trouble deciding what it wants to be. There are actually a few pretty good ideas though they should have picked just 1 or 2 of them. Now of course I could not be too dissapointed in the amount of action. There was at least 4 major fights, too bad they were all godawful.

It is hard to say this as a huge fighting movie fan but I thought the cameos by actors Mako and Brad Dourif were the shining moments of the movie.

Now I made it all the way through the movie but I could not make it all the way through the behind the scenes. They just talk about how great the movie was. Well, sorry, but I just didn't see it.

The movie is full screened with pretty good picture quality and has an awesome cast and crew bio menu."
Butterfly Wings | USA | 02/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm such a huge fan of Cynthia Rothrock. This movie was action packed, funny, and her phsyic ability to the touch. Don't I wish I can have that ability. The most amazing part of this DVD was the interview with Cynthia Rothrock. To see her explaination of certain scenes was nice. But one thing that bugs me was her semi nude body in a romantic sexual scene. Don't get me wrong, she's beautiful but I'm not used to seeing her in those scenes, But she pulled it off. In my opinion I gave this movie 5 stars, just because it had it all:) And I would love to train to fight like her. Just to stay in shape and to take care of my self when nesacerry. But this is my opinion you'd have to see it then agree, if you agree with every one, or just put in your two cents in a review.:)"
Cynthia Rothrock: Sensual, Psychic, Silly
Mike Schorn | APO, AE United States | 04/24/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"At this time in her career, Cynthia Rothrock really didn't have a lot to look forward to: with her glory days as the Hong Kong action queen behind her, all that was in store for her following "Sworn to Justice" was a small role in the Dukes of Hazzard Reunion, the completion of the abysmal "Tiger Claws" trilogy, and two lackluster supporting parts alongside Don 'the Dragon' Wilson. "Justice" isn't a great movie but remains her last decent offering before ending her career on a low note; in some ways, this is her last cinematic hurrah before the cataclysmic fall in quality.

The story: martial arts-practicing psychologist Janna (Rothrock) comes home one night to find her family murdered, and her only way of escaping from from the same murderers is a dive off of her balcony. The fall unlocks a psychic power inside her that allows her to recall the past of any object she touches, and she uses this newfound ability to track her family's killers down and bring them to justice.

The biggest fault of the movie is how it underutilizes its unique cast: aside from Rothrock, the ensemble includes Tony Lo Bianco (The French Connection) as a two-faced police officer, Kurt McKinney (No Retreat No Surrender [VHS]) as Janna's love interest, Brad Dourif (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) as the murder suspect, Kenn Scott (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Secret of the Ooze) as a lethal crime boss and Vince Murdocco (Ring of Fire) as his brother, Walter Koenig ("Star Trek" series) as Janna's psychic instructor, Mary-Margaret Humes ("Dawson's Creek") as a trouble-shooting attorney, and the indispensable Mako (Conan the Barbarian) as Janna's blind, candy-pedaling teacher. Sadly, Dourif, Murdocco, Koenig, and Mako all have roles so small that they're hardly worth mentioning. As far as I'm concerned, the prolonged presence of any one of them could've made the movie better, but seeing all of them underutilized was a terrible decision on the director's part, what with Dourif being an acclaimed actor and Koenig still being well-known for playing Mr. Chekov; greater utilization of either could've earned the film greater recognition.

The movie isn't exactly overflowing with action, which is a shame since most of what's there is pretty decent. Granted, the first two brawls between Rothrock, her attackers, and a group of robbers are quick-cut, bottom-of-the-barrel stuff (especially the sound-effect-filled latter, even though it alludes to her amazing fight in Above the Law), but the ensuing fights are fine for a DTV production: Rothrock takes on a gang in a garage and battles an Asian fellow who's big on flips (whose I identity I can't determine) and later takes on the crime boss in a short weapons-based fight involving batons and a nunchaka. She eventually battles the rest of his gang hand-to-hand while Kurt McKinney makes the most of his return to martial arts cinema by trading blows with Scott in the co-final fight, letting the movie end on a high note and almost giving the impression that you've just sat through a wild ride. Definite props go to choreographer Eric Lee.

The production is clean, despite having that very superficial made-for-TV look to it. The acting, on the other hand, is in a bit of trouble: Rothrock remains passable even though she needs to cry several times, but McKinney, Scott, Bianco, and most of the other co-stars ham it up quite a bit. There are a couple sensual but very silly sex scenes between Rothrock and McKinney which serve no purpose other than giving fans a good, long look at the former's breasts. There are a couple of so-so gunfights and a pretty decent kata performed by Cynthia, but that's where the good things end. The overall professionalism of the picture keeps me from giving it two stars instead of three, but don't go into this film thinking it's a return to form for the original Sonya Blade - those days are long past."