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…
Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Theater in ’85, cable in the 80’s and 24 Nov 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A supposedly murdered police officer is recruited and trained by a secret government agency to protect the world.
My Take on it – I remember seeing this a few times as a kid on cable and enjoying it immensely.
The story (like many action movies of the era) is weak on plot, but is still lots of fun despite it seeming outdated and extremely campy.
Fred Ward is an interesting choice as an action hero and does an ok job in the main role, but it’s clear why he didn’t become an action hero staple of the 80’s like Stallone, Norris or Schwarzenegger.
Joel Grey is hilariously funny as an Oriental martial arts master.
The thing tho that makes this movie so memorable is the whole Statue of Liberty chase/fight scene.
Bottom Line – Fun movie that was probably viewed much better when it came out than is does now. Joel Grey is hilarious. Great Statue of Liberty fight scene. Recommended!
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Close but no cigar. Good movie that doesn’t age well at all.
Rating – Globe Worthy
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