When four Delta Force commandos are captured by an elite Ninja force in an African forest, two top secret operatives (David Bradley and Dwayne Alexandre) are sent to free them. After taking refuge with an American Peace Co... more »rps nurse (Robin Stille), all are captured. Rescue lies in the hands of a retired ex-operative (Michael Dudikoff) who needs some persuasion - until the sinister enemy's ultimate scheme of nuclear terrorism against an American target comes to light. It will take everything he's got when a feared, indestructible Super Ninja is unleashed for an ultimate showdown. With its nonstop thrills, this action blast will wipe you out!« less
"Forget "American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt," that movie will make anyone pay money for someone to get rid of it. Joe Armstrong (Michael Dudikoff) is back this time as an environmentalist preacher, also retired from the Peace Corps. Yes! Sean Davidson, now a CIA agent (David Bradley) is captured by a group of ninjas led by an ex-soldier named Mulgrew (James Booth). He wasn't pure ninja like Armstrong, silly wannabe. Mulgrew has plans for domination with a plan. Intelligence. "American Ninja 4: The Annihilation" is pure ninja. If Carl Douglas had a music video for "Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting," this movie would be it. Michael Dudikoff did deserve an Oscar for his performance (he hardly spoke and just fought ninjas). I've noticed ten year old boys have driven cars in these ninja movies. Won't those ninjas ever learn not to mess with lordage?"
Half assed attempt with shortcomings everywhere
Kincaid31254 | 02/11/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I remember how back in 91 this was THE movie to see... Dudikoff (Joe Armstrong) was coming back and was teaming with the new guy... The previews showed clips of both American Ninjas fighting each other and you couldn't have been more excited... Unfortunately, the best fighting we see was in the beginning 30 minutes and came from a real martial artist in David Bradley (Sean Davidson)... This movie was a complete gimmick from the start with the idea of Dudikoff returning and it failed to produce... Dudikoff was underused and his "martial arts" was sub-par... The tacky groups of allies from the garbage dump with their homemade weapons were a joke... The little kid who knew everything sucked... The black side kick guy was pointless... The lead woman was a waste... The setting of South America (I think) was a dumb place for ninjas to be training... The multi racial, unisexual ninjas were a budget problem... And to top it off, NO STEVE JAMES! (Rip) What probably really hurt this flik was the fact that Joe and Sean didnt appear on screen together until the last 10 minutes of the film2 Stars for the unusually good score put to the fighting and for the excellently choreographed Forest and Training scenes, but that's it... This movie is only for the curious who are getting bored with fast actioned kung fu fliks of today"
"Sean, You Can Find Me At The School" ~ Dudikoff And Bradl
Brian E. Erland | Brea, CA - USA | 12/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Michael Dudikofff of 'American Ninja' 1 & 2 comes out of retirement to save David Bradley of 'American Ninja' 3 who is captured in Africa by a band of evil ninja's. Say what you want but I love this movie. After all, who doesn't love story's where a few brave warriors defeat all odds and the enemy to save the day!
Obviously not an Academy Award winner, but who cares. This is a total guy film. A couple of buddies with a six pack or two and you're good to go! Not to forget, the late Robin Stille is a very attractive addition to the story."
Ninja Vengeance meet The Final Sacrifice minus the Rowsdower
Sid the Elf | North Pole | 11/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sid never believes in living with regret no matter what the situation may be. Even though there has been many missed opportunities we tend to find the best in the situation to make it hilarious. The only situation we can't get past is the fact we didn't spend more of our youth watching Ninja B action. Due to a certain Dutch making the genre seem terrible we spent years passing on them thinking they were something very different from what they are. These films are sheer genius that meet every criteria we look for. From bad acting, to awful scripted fight scenes, to laughable romance situations the Ninja world has it all.
American Ninja 4, yeah they made a total of 5 of these babies, CIA agent Sean Davidson and a guy named Carl (who looks exactly like the nerdy black guy from Ninja Vengeance) are sent on a mission to rescue Delta Force commandos that have been captured. Their captor is some British lunatic named Mulgrew whose acting is simply hilarious. In addition to his acting he has an army of ninjas that are trained in some type of death boot camp. Sir yes Sir! Once Sean and Carl are captured America must send in their secret weapon known as Joe Armstrong to take care of business ninja style.
Being that it was show at 12:45 am was the perfect compliment to a movie worthy of 5 stars and an upcoming Woody Award. It had absolutely everything you will need from a low budget Ninja action forcing you to wonder what the other in the series hold. There are more then a handful of WTF moments in addition to a Don Mattingly Factor of 3. The fighting is something right out of the book of Ninja Vengeance as guys go flying despite no actual contact being made. Just perfect in every way. So for anybody out there we must recommend American Ninja 4 with the utmost regard."
"He's not much for words, but he comes thru in the end."
H. Bala | Carson - hey, we have an IKEA store! - CA USA | 08/20/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Compared to more accomplished martial arts cinema, the American Ninja series comes off as a poor addled cousin from the Ozarks. These flicks have always been a guilty pleasure for me, cheesy with average martial arts and sometimes it gets so bad that it's good. AMERICAN NINJA 4: THE ANNIHILATION again features David Bradley whose stiffness as an actor is surpassed only by that department store mannequin who calls himself Michael Dudikoff.
I make fun of the guy but, to be honest, I have a fondness for the Dudikoff. Part of the fun is having him star in the first two movies and watching him explore his acting range. As it turns out, his acting range mostly consists of planting on the same blank expression to signify all sorts of emotions. His "martial arts" is shady enough that I'm compelled to use quotation marks when mentioning his "martial arts." David Bradley is actually a more fluid action guy. But absence, I guess, does make the heart grow fonder. I thought Bradley was decent in AMERICAN NINJA 3: BLOOD HUNT, but I missed Dudikoff. There's just something likeable about the guy. When AMERICAN NINJA 4: THE ANNIHILATION came out in the U.S. in 1991, heralding Dudikoff's return, it became a must-see flick for me. Even now I like it enough that I rate it 3.5 stars out of 5. But I probably re-watched it while wearing rose-tinted nostalgia.
When a Delta Force unit is captured by ninjas, covert operative Sean Davidson (David Bradley) is deployed to some sweaty third world country to effect a rescue mission, but not before Sean busts up his best pal's wedding to drag him on the mission. And when Sean Davidson, his still unwed best pal, and a pretty doctor are in turn captured by ninjas, it's finally up to reluctant ex-agent Joe Armstrong (Dudikoff) to come out of retirement and ninja up. There's also the added incentive of a nuclear device neatly packed in a suitcase and intended to detonate in New York City.
I tell you, there's something effing cool about a ninja master catching an arrow with his bare teeth - and, in the same motion, ripping out an enemy's throat using that arrow, still clenched in his teeth. AMERICAN NINJA 4: THE ANNIHILATION is cheesy goodness, and, even now, I find it surprisingly watchable. Absolutely, there are flaws - holy shabbadooby, there are some seriously dubious moments here. The trippiest thing may be in seeing a rainbowful of ninjas: red and yellow and blue and white and black ninjas. And also one Uberninja with an eyepatch. And I'm guessing Japan must import a lot of white ninja dudes; there sure are a lot of Caucasian skins peeking out from under the masks of the evil ninja army. And what's up with Sean's mouth mask? I also get a kick out of the fact that while prior operatives had to secretly parachute into enemy territory, Joe Armstrong takes a commercial flight right out in the open.
To throw even more color into the mix, Joe enlists the help of an insurgent gang of riff-raffs who look like rejects from a Road Warrior set. I would say it's a jarring effect, but it's that kind of movie.
Disappointingly, Dudikoff and Bradley don't share much screen time. Bradley hogs the first half of the film, and then the Dudikoff comes into the picture 45 minutes into it. When we renew acquaintances with Joe Armstrong, we find him in the Peace Corps, evidently having had enough of the slaughter game. He's in class, teaching his students about the environment and how it's everywhere (his assignment for the kids: "Now go outside and bring me a sample."). He's then visited by an old soldier who tries to talk him into going back into action. After mulling it over over some coffee, Joe gets back into the mix. This whole time, Dudikoff's expression doesn't change. I love the guy, but Michael Dudikoff exudes the charisma of a passed out Michael Dudikoff.
The fighty fights are passable stuff. We do get to see Dudikoff and Bradley facing off and are treated to Dudikoff's go-to expression (staring blankly) when his character thinks he's just killed his pal Sean. And, because Joe Armstrong is an AMERICAN ninja, he even mixes in some good old-fashioned haymakers into his fighting style. Joe and Sean do end up joining forces for the last 10, 15 minutes of the flick, so that's something.
Lastly, I agree with the reviewers who miss Steve James's strong presence and cool vibe. The American Ninja series is far less without Curtis Jackson to offset all the wooden acting. Ultimately, AMERICAN NINJA 4: THE ANNIHILATION is fun but cheesy. Or maybe it's fun because it IS so cheesy."