The Best of the Worst
twizztedmetal02 | 07/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Do not purchase this DVD if it is priced over seven dollars, because it isn't worth it. However, you have to see this movie. It is so incredibly bad, and yet it takes itself seriously. I almost died laughing because
1. the acting is horrible
2. the dialogue is horrible
3. nothing makes sense--plot, setting, etc.
4. looks like it was created by a bunch of college film-majors under the influence of some substance A beautiful piece of cinematic badness.
Dolph for president!
D. Roberts | Battle Creek, Michigan United States | 07/27/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is actually only worthy of 1 star. However, the Dolph-factor automatically adds another star to the tally. Without Dolph this movie would not be worth seeing @ all.The film is about as low budget as low budget gets. The bad guys dress like [...], two white helicopters that look like they should be used for island tours are supposed to be helicopter gunships, and the film seems to minimize the use of just about everything.The story is set in some small country where Caucasions and Asians live together. A despot has taken hold of the country and only a gorgeous princess can lead a succcessful revolution against his tyranny. Guess who gets to help the princess? That's right - our man Dolph!Much like Arnie (COMMANDO) and Sly (RAMBO) Dolph is the only guy in the entire movie who can shoot straight. He escapes certain death with nary a scratch, even tho an entire army is firing at him at point-blank (ummmmm.......kind of challenges believability, but he IS Dolph!).The redeeming factor of the film is that it does offer a couple of decent action scenes, the acting is decent and the soundtrack approaches semi-decent in a couple of places. If you collect action movies for a living, you may as well add this one to it. However, if you want to see a far better Dolph movie (and yet relatively unknown) I would recommend SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO."
What's This Movie Trying to Say?
Robert Payne | Los Angeles, CA United States | 11/05/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"How come the arch-villain and the damsel-in-distress are the only Asian speaking roles in this otherwise virtually all-white film? With so few prominent Asian characters in U.S. media, the message seems to be that white men need to kill Asian men and rescue Asian women. This would be good on a double bill with Griffith's "Birth of a Nation."
If you want to see the "hot princess" (Rachel Shane, a.k.a. Valerie Chow) in a better film -- dancing around in her underwear no less -- check out Wong Kar-Wai's "Chungking Express.""
Good Movie, hot princess
twizztedmetal02 | 03/03/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"this is a good movie. I'm a Dolph Lundgren fan, and it's nice to see Dolph back in action against his old enemy (remember Showdown in Little Tokyo with Brandon Lee? Same villan.). It made the movie special just to see the old Japanese villan again. There's a good story and some violent action in this one, also. The part of the movie that I enjoyed the most was the love interest between Dolph and the princess. Because Dolph is such a masculine guy, it's believable that any woman would fall for him, and the princess is definitely the hottest lady he has shot a picture with since Tia Carrera in 'Showdown in Little Tokyo'. I'm a little disappointed that the relationship with them was treated in a [rated PG way]. This is a Dolph Lundgren film! In his old films the babes always stripped down! [...]
This is why I'm disappointed there was less sexuality in this movie, especially with Rachel Shane as the princess. Her body is covered up the whole time.
The princess likes to stick fight at local bars in this movie and that isn't believable. She's not even breathing hard after the fights, and she pushed Dolph to the limit in a stick fight. That was going a bit too far. Women doing men things."