Friday, October 12, 2007
"Action has a new hero"
This is going to be short and sweet.
If you're in the mood for a good action/martial arts movie, and you like watching old ones because, one, some of them are so bad that now their good, or two, because you're just in the mood for something simple, entertaining and not wholly a waste of time. (Those reasons, and MORTAL KOMBAT was out. Just kidding), then KICKBOXER would definitely hit the spot for you. Even the tagline is vintage, how can you beat that?
There's nice scenery, a bit of story, some great characters and a little eastern history thrown into the mix. That, and great fight scenes and a believable villain. And, the best part is that the brothers character is absent most of the time, so without him the acting is stable for the meat of the movie (minus Van-Damme's accent).
A good movie to think of when putting newer ones like ONG BAK into perspective. Plus, in one hilarious scene, you get to see Van-Damme dance in a bar. It's so outstandingly ridiculous it's good, the guy actually has rhythm. Who would have thought? Not to be missed.
Released in 1989. Starring Jean-Claude-Van-Damme, Dennis Chan and Michel Qissi.