Not bad Gary Daniels
jg | 05/13/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, I admit that I bought this DVD just because of Gary Daniels. He's one of the most gorgeous, watchable guys filmed. I could even watch him eating corn flakes for an hour. (He's the muscular, handsome, blue-eyed blond brit on the DVD cover).That said, this movie has a solid, if not spectacular, plot and direction. There are some fairly good actors in the production. It ain't a "hollywood blockbuster". But it also wasn't made on a shoestring budget. I understand that this movie is one in a series of similiar films, so the production company undoubtably saves money by reusing their sets and props. Maybe you don't need to see all of the movies in the series to actually have "seen" them all. But if you want to watch one to see if it's your thing, you may as well make it this one because Gary Daniels is in it.It's an "action movie" about special military ops whose job it is to penetrate a hostile environment and thwart some terrorists who obtain a nuclear device. If that movie scenario sounds like an appealing one to you, then you'll probably like this movie. There are some martial arts skills exhibited by Gary, who is well known for his abilities at such. But there is not as much as one would see in Gary's other movies. Non martial arts fans will probably enjoy the fight scenes because of his skills, and may find it a welcome improvement over the typical fight scenes you see in these sorts of movies (ie, clumsy, unskilled fighters badly faking punches). Martial arts fans will probably be disappointed that they don't get to see Gary show off more.You probably don't expect much in the way of character development from this movie, and you won't get it. There is a hint of some potential romantic interest between a female lead and Gary, but that is unfortunately not explored. (When are producers going to figure out that you don't put a guy with Gary Daniels' sex appeal in a movie and then not exploit that?) She even chooses another guy over Gary later on. (Yeah right. Like that's believable)."
They spent maybe 5 dollars TOPS making this movie
Jennifer Trevena | Peachtree city, GA United States | 12/20/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is another reason why NOT to see movies that don't come out in the theaters. None of them are any good. The movie's storyline wasn't that bad, the acting was pathetic, the action is what I call a "spray n' pray" film (where everyone fires dozens of rounds of ammunition and no one hits a darn thing). What made me the most upset was the movie's military misconceptions, like when the weapons supervisor said "M4 carb's 12 clips per, Glocks 9mills 6 clips per," nobody can hold that many M4 clips unless they had nothing else on! The military also doesn't issue Glocks (although they should, but that's a different topic). I know these are just little things, but things get worse (if that's possible). Look at how the RPGs float to the ground during the convoy attack (they're flying like foam footballs)! What about when the main character shoots 12 mines with a revolver that holds six shots, and he doesn't reload at all! Don't buy or rent this movie, the two hours you spend watching this could be spent with something more enjoyable, like watching grass grow!"
One not to miss![.]
coonette | Bushwick, NY | 01/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie and the rest of the series has single handedly fulfilled my life. I caught the last 30 minutes of Op III: Clear Target, on Showtime and as soon as it was over purchased the entire series from Amazon. Let me tell you....money WELL SPENT![.] Turns out Nu Image puts out six such [things] per year and that my friend is an undertaking. This is what happens when you build a sound stage in North Carolina. MAGIC. If they can turn this trash into a goldmine, anything is possible.
I've never laughed so hard at anything in my life. Just a word of advice, have your slow motion VCR or DVD player ready to go. The fun never stops.
And a special shout out to Op Creator Danny Lerner. Keep'em coming![.]"
"The Only Thing Holding My Insides In Is My Elbows."
Robert I. Hedges | 06/23/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
""Delta Force One: The Lost Patrol" is certainly one of the worst war movies ever. In the middle of a spectacularly pointless credit sequence I knew there was going to be trouble when I saw the credit "Produced by Yoram Globus," half of the Golan-Globus powerhouse that has been making movies like "The Apple" and "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" for decades now. I should have stopped right there.
The film opens with a Jeep full of peacekeepers from the "IPF" on a patrol in the war-torn mideast country of Ayazad. They are in a border area whose ownership is disputed by another fictional country, and are promptly ambushed and exterminated by a ruthless lunatic, Jabbar (Jacob Gvir Cohen.) After the firefight, one brave but gravely wounded soldier says "The only thing holding my insides in is my elbows." I thought about that, and though they showed no injury on screen (the budget was far too small for that,) I could never figure out how that could possibly work from an anatomical or geometrical vantage point. Needless to say, their patrol was unsuccessful, and a second patrol is dispatched to look for them.
The second patrol is headed up by Captain James Wellford (Gary Daniels), a British soldier, who is a nit. Assisting him are Sergeant Mike Morton (Mike Norris, son of Chuck) and Sergeant Don Nichols (Bentley Mitchum, grandson of Robert), as well as curvaceous Medical Officer Diana Erickson (Michelle Kapeta) and "the worst tracker in all Ayazad" Youssef Al' Banir (Zev Revach,) whose purpose in the plot is to get the patrol lost (hence the title.) The patrol starts with other personnel in two other Jeeps as well, but they are quickly blown up by Jabbar's men, leaving the one Jeep full of cast members. I absolutely loved the scene where they drove through a minefield with Youssef strapped to a cage on the front of the Jeep; not only was Youssef leading the way, but Wellford managed to blow the landmines up by shooting them with a pistol from the moving Jeep. At night. Quite plausible I think.
Sergeant Morton has a backstory of being difficult to control, as most ex-Delta Force soldiers are completely undisciplined louts. (Oh please.) He and Wellford are always at odds, foreshadowing their need to be interdependant later in the film. There is even a brief and pointless subplot where Morton shoots a Bedouin against Wellford's orders. Well, OK, there is a point, and that is that to allow tension to build between the two so they can eventually overcome the tension, forgive each other, and move along with the mission. Or maybe I'm giving the film too much credit.
Youssef leads them to a ghost town to camp, only to find they are in the middle of an archaeological dig (apparently,) while in other subplot developments, a shady Customs Director agrees to let Jabbar and an evil master criminal, Ivan (John Rhys-Davies, whose standards for role selection are apparently on a steep decline,) illicitly obtain a nuclear device from Turkmenistan. The film features a very annoying mixture of English dialogue and dialogue in...well, I don't know what language, but whatever it is, it is not subtitled, making the filmmakers' already murky intentions even more difficult to process. It becomes obvious though that the Customs Director attempts a doublecross, and consequently suffers a perfectly stupid death scene, observed by the omnipresent waif, Tamil Akkad (Orr Malka,) whose dad was killed in the first disastrous patrol. (Got that?) It's perfectly credible that Tamil manages access to so many important areas and is able to clandestinely obtain nuclear authentication codes from the pocket of a murderer with no difficulty.
In a confusing turn of events, the second patrol finds the remains of the Jeep of the first patrol, where Tamil shoots at them, then wants to be friends with them and share the launch codes. As crazy and incomprehensible as this sounds, I suppose it isn't more ridiculous than some things that actually happen in the middle east. The team decides to find the nuclear launch site and, with a flourish, they are there. There is absolutely no explanation about how they get there: one minute there is much forced laughter about Youssef's complete incompetence as a tracker, the next they are repelling into the subterranean lair of Ivan and Jabbar where Nichols (conveniently a computer whiz) hacks into the launch control computer and discovers they have 24 minutes before launch. There is much drama, much backstabbing, much mayhem, and much general nonsense involving Jabbar nuking his own country (because nobody would ever have a way to figure out where it came from in this day and age....)
The frenzy concludes exactly as you would expect, and we are then treated to a second set of terrible credits, this one featuring biographical information about the characters as the filmmakers saw them: "Capt. James Wellford: With a gut-full of both rock 'n roll and soldiering, Wellford left the IPF;" "Sgt. Mike Morton: After quitting the IPF Morton took a job as a U. S. postal employee. He now resides at Texarkana Federal Correctional Institute;" " Sgt. Don Nichols: Now a fledgling screenwriter. He has titled his memoirs of his IPF days 'D. F. One - The Lost Patrol.'" Groan. Aside from the obvious insult to real members of the US military (most former Delta Force members, like most former military members, do not end up in prison,) the credits call into question whether the film was supposed to be a parody (they even reveal details about Wellford's career as a caterer,) or if the credits were simply an afterthought. If it is a parody, it certainly failed. On the other hand, if it isn't a parody, it certainly failed. Either way, I strongly advise that you allow this patrol to remain lost."