Genre Guesstimation – Gymkata (1985)


The idea behind this new feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of 80’s action movies…

gymkata“There are many sounds around us, each is slightly different. So small as to go un-noticed by the person who is unaware. Do not hear the wood split. Hear the only sound of axe, cutting air. Read the air itself. It has much say to you.” – Eastern Trainer

Number of Times Seen – Probably around 5 times (cable in the 80’s and 6 Nov 2014)

Brief Synopsis – An Olympic gymnast is sent to a far off land near the Russian border in order to win a competition to the death and enable the US to get a foothold over the soviets

My Take on it – I actually fondly recall this movie of my youth.

During the 80’s movie studios tried to make anyone who they could action heroes.

For this film, they hired Kurt Thomas a world class gymnast to use his gymnastics and martial arts skills to defeat enemies of democracy.

This movie was terrible. The script is completely stupid and none of the actors involved can act.

There are so many unexplained plot points that are just silly and unbelievably were still included.

The premise of ‘The Game’ is a good one but if not executed properly (like here) it can help a movie like this one completely flop.

Surprisingly, this is Thomas’ only film starring role. 🙂

For thise who have seen this, here’s a question for you: in what world does a village of crazy people need a pommel horse in the Town Square?

Bottom Line – Terrible movie that tried to make an action hero out of a world class gymnast. Stay far away from this one!

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Most definitely NOT!!! Silly plot and horrendous acting by obe and all

Rating – Razzie Worthy

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