The Last Warrior
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I love Dolph in just about everything, but this movie really suffered from the lack of a decent script.
The writer, just couldn't seem to decide whether to do a 'survival' film, mad max, or some something like the "Stand." What we get is a hodge podge of several decent ideas, with none of them actually going anywhere. Dolph limps valiantly through the storyline, trying to hold it together, with dialog revolving around eating cans of alpo and finding water. Plot threads are left hanging like tinsel.
This movie would've been much better, if they had made it a straight action flick, and left out the hordes of urine drinking, heroin-shooting inmates.
I give this movie 2 stars, for what it could've been.
These days, he's suffered the fate of so many karate stars out there to be condemned to only direct-to-video films. He may never be in another theatrical fim again, but that doesn't mean he can't still make good films. I rented this and popped it into the DVD player, having read reviews of it on .... There, it was classified as an action;martial arts;science fiction hybrid, and that appealed to me. I rented WARRIOR hoping to see some of Lundgren's kung fu on display in an exciting action film.
And that's the problem. This movie has much less action than Lundgren fans and Lundgren himself deserve. Oh, what little action there is in this flick is pretty well staged and has Lundgren showing off his martial arts prowess, and earns this film 2 stars in my book. The story is pretty clever to. An earthquake separating California from the mainland U.S., and it is then overrun by inmates of the maximum securiy prison.
That sounds like the perfect setup for an action film, doesn't it? Of course. So why didn't the filmmakers get it right. Didn't they know that action films THAT HAVE ACTION are popular for a reason? Apparantly not. This is the kind of action film that was made in the days when guys like Davey Crockett were popular. Thank God we've gotten past that.
Lundgren's career seems to be at a crossroads now, not so much because he's stuck doing direct-to-video, but because he did this movie. I have no doubt that his other films and his next film will better more enjoyable than this, but if he does continue to make this kind of action film, where the action is running on empty, he may be demoted further from direct-to-video to released-on-video-after-sitting-on-the-studio-shelf-for-three-years.
The story: after a massive earthquake has torn California apart, an amnesiac military captain (Lundgren) leads a gang of survivors against the hardships of their barren surroundings.
Note that my plot summary doesn't mention any specific villain or antagonism that Dolph & co. must overcome - that's because they don't really need to, at least until the movie's last half-hour. There's a bad guy who leads a dismantled prison (played by the late Juliano Mer-Khamis, Deadly Heroes) and its inmates, but even though he's introduced early on, he doesn't become a threat until the last third of the movie when he kidnaps the resident ditz of Dolph's camp (Rebecca Cross, The Bachelor).Read more ›
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for someone who likes Dolph Lundgren this is one of his movies, nice to watch and love owning it.Published 24 months ago by manatee
I caught this one night on cable. Let's just say that two hours of my life I want back. I've seen a lot of Dolf Lungren movies that I've liked but this one was horrible. Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by C. Lee
Lungrin very good ... also Joe Burke ... why do we not see more of Joe Burke in more films??Published on April 20, 2011
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