|ARMY OF ONE (JOSHUA TREE) (director: Vic Armstrong; screenwriter: Steven Pressfield; cinematographer: Dan Turrett; editor: Paul Morton; music: Joel Goldsmith; cast: Dolph Lundgren (Wellman Santee), George Segal (Det. Severence), Ken Foree (Eddie), Bert Remsen (Woody Engstrom), Kristian Alfonso (Rita Marek), Michelle Phillips (Esther), Geoffrey Lewis (Cepeda), Matt Battaglia (Michael Agnos), Beau Starr (Rudisill), Al Leong (Henchman), Michael Paul Chan (Jimmy Shoeshine); Runtime: 106; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Illana and Moshe Diamant/Andy Armstrong; Live Home Video/Shout Factory (20th Century Fox; 1993)|
|"Worth seeing for fans of
low-end, low-budget thrillers, and can stomach a film that
has over 40 people killed."
by Dennis Schwartz
directorial debut of Hollywood stunt man Vic
Armstrong ("Left Behind"/"Cover Up"/"Double Impact")
in a straight-to-home video film. The action revenge
film never had a theatrical release in America.
Overseas it was quite popular in theaters. The
screenplay by Steven Pressfield centers
around the relationship of an escaped convict and
his hostage female cop. It eschews plot in favor
of action set pieces, such as car chases and
race driver Dolph Lundgren is
a convict who was framed for murdering a cop by
corrupt cop George Segal, sporting a bushy mustache
and a straw hat--sure signs he's the bad guy. While
Dolph and his partner Ken Foree were in the desert
doing illegal transporting of sports cars, they are
pulled over by bike cop Beau Starr. In an
ensuing gun fight, Segal enters the fray, and Foree
is killed and Dolph wounded. Segal then kills the
other cop, and transports Dolph to prison for the
busting out of the slammer, Dolph unknowingly takes a
female deputy sheriff (Kristian
Alfonso) hostage after
stealing a red Ferrari. They go through
the desert, heading for LA, with Segal in hot pursuit
in a black Lamborghini. Leading
the search for the female cop is her partner, Matt
film's money shot is a shootout in a downtown LA chop
shop, that's filled with expensive sports cars and
lots of paint.
seeing for fans of low-end, low-budget thrillers, and
who can stomach a film that has over 40 people killed.
note, George Segal's wife is played by
Michelle Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas.
REVIEWED ON 2/11/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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