Joseph Zito; screenwriter: Arne Olsen;
cinematographer: Joao Fernandes; editor: Daniel
Loewenthal; music: Jay Chattaway; cast: Dolph
Lundgren (Lt. Nikolai Rachenko),
M. Emmet Walsh (Dewey Ferguson),
Al White (Kallunda Kintash), T.P.
McKenna (General Vortek), Carmen
Argenziano (Zayas), Brion James (Sgt.
Krasnov), Alex Colon (Mendez),
Regopstaan (Bushman, Gao), Ruben
(Sundata); Runtime: 102; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Jack Abramoff; Shapiro Glickenhaus; 1988)
golly, this comic book action picture is a
by Dennis Schwartz
After the original failed in theaters but did surpringly well on video, a sequel was made that went direct-to-video.
A Soviet special forces "killing machine," Lt. Nikolai Rachenko (Dolph Lundgren) is sent by the Soviet army's General Vortek (T.P. McKenna) to the Angola-like African nation (filmed in Swaziland) of Mombaka to assassinate the terrorist rebel leader Kallunda Kintash (Al White) to please the Cuban forces occupying the country. The intricate assassination plan, that includes a breakout from a Russian jail by Nikolai, a rebel and an American left-wing journalist, is botched. As a result Nikolai is turned over to the Cubans to be tortured but escapes in the desert. When stung by a scorpion he's treated by the Bushman (Regopstaan), who tattoos a scorpion design on his chest. This prompts Nikolai to now join the rebels in defeating their communist oppressors.
M. Emmet Walsh is a drag as he plays the ugly American helping the rebels.
The stupid story is pointless as it takes us from one absurd scene of destruction to another. It doesn't even have the conviction to say what it believes; that is. if it believes in anything.
REVIEWED ON 2/4/2017 GRADE: C-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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