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For Glory, For Nation, For Survival... LET THE GAME BEGIN! Gymnastics champion Kurt Thomas stars as Jonathan Cabot, an American who travels to a remote land to enter a lethal competition that no outsider has won in more than 900 years. Based on the novel The Terrible Game by Dan Tyler Moore]]>
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This film has it all...
Pre-chalked surfaces for our hero to spin around on!
A dead pig!
A cackling old lady!
A subtle plotline about the development and installation of an important American satellite (that is so subtle it needs to be addressed in a caption at the closing seconds of the movie)!
The answer to the age old question: What if a world class gymnast was also skilled in the ancient fighting arts?!
I could just go on-and-on but why bother! Why aren't you watching this movie by now? IT'S ON DVD FOR GOD'S SAKE!
Robert Clouse's directorial adaption of Dan Tyler Moore's Pulitzer-shortlisted novel manages to capture timbre of the times and the voice of the decade in a script of intricate complexity. Kurt Thomas's portrayal of the hero across from Tetchie Agbayani's heroine is one of the most dynamic and surprising chemistries since Bogart and Bergman's 43 years before.
However, where "Casablanca" fell far short of documenting the spirit (and fears) of the times on a granular level, Gymkata and its cast is unafraid to take this plunge.
In characterizations deeply respectful, and yet photo-accurate, regarding world cultures and global motifs, Gymkata manages spell the poly-sided views of complex conflicts that occurred during the final grey gasps of the Cold War.
Amazingly Gymkata manages a foreshadowing the rise of the Neo-Cons some 20 years later in its depictions of the United States use of aggression in strategically important hotspot regions -- and as well -- the film is able to show that the nationalistic concerns of the competing sovreignties (both ally & foe) remain unchanged despite which decade these events play themselves out in.
A timeless film, Gymkata should be a core film study in every graduate level political science class.
One last question: Why isn't this movie on DVD?
Thomas' acting is more wooden than any of the oaks, beeches, or larches he spends the better part of the movie running through, not than even an accomplished thespian could make much of this mess. You know you're in for a rough ride when the film starts with clips of a gymnastic routine intercut with a stampede of Mongols riding horses. We then get the backstory about the whole Star Wars base in Parmistan. Since the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI,) commonly referred to as "Star Wars" in the press, used satellites, how is it they need this one forsaken strip of land in the Hindu Kush? Explain, please. Anyway, suspending disbelief just a bit more, he trains for two months by chopping wood and walking up stairs on his hands so he can compete in "The Game" which has not been won by a non-Parmistanian in 900 years. It's a savage game and involves spears, ropes, impalings, etc. But Jonathan has no issues competing as his father had previously disappeared in Parmistan playing the Game. Understand that the winner of the game gets to live, and the Parmistan government grants the winner one wish, which Thomas will use to get the Star Wars base.Read more ›
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Good classic like "the last dragon" brings back memories of childhoodPublished 3 months ago by Tech fan
I love this movie. It`s one of my top 20 favorite martial arts movies and one of my favorite movies period. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Super-Cool-Dude
It's a great terrible movie. If you enjoy bad movies as much as my husband and I do, you will love this. Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. Taylor
Gymkata is a "so bad it's good" movie. It's great for that, because the premise is odd and some of the choices in directing are strange. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Frank
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