Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987)

Director: Andy Sidaris

Writer: Andy Sidaris

Composer: Gary Stockdale

Starring: Ronn Moss, Dona Speir, Hope Marie Carlton, Harold Diamond, Rodrigo Obregon, Cynthia Brimhall, Patty Duffek, Wolf Larson, Lory Green, Rustam Branaman

More info: IMDb

Tagline: This Ain't No Hula!

Plot: Two drug enforcement agents are killed on a private Hawaiian island. Donna and Taryn, two operatives for The Agency, accidentally intercept a delivery of diamonds intended for drug lord Seth Romero, who takes exception and tries to get them back. Soon other Agency operatives get involved, and a full-scale fight to the finish ensues, complicated here and there by an escaped snake made deadly by having eating cancer-infected rats!!!

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

It's an Andy Sidaris flick.  I love stories with lots of plot. At one minute eleven seconds in...

BAM!  This guy knows how to make a movie!  He also puts in awful songs while people do mundane things like fly around Hawaii.  Get on with the story, damnit!

That's more like it.  Did someone mention plot?  Here's some more of it...

This picture is loaded with plot, bad acting, worse jokes and puns and more but most of it is pretty fun.  Check this shit out!

That scene alone (and don't forget about all of the plot in the picture, natural and enhanced) is worth buying this DVD set off Amazon for less than five bucks (12 freaking movies!!!).  The only issue, really, is there's too much story and time wasted between the, ahem, plot and kick ass action scenes.  Trimming this down 10-15 minutes would help.  It's a great flick to slap in for a party.  It's not the home run it could have been but is sure is a fuck load better than it deserves.  I dug it.  And another thing, for a guy who made a bunch of low budget goofy picture, he sure didn't skimp on imagination when it came to the opening credits.  He gets major points for even going the extra six feet to do something different.

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