Friday, March 31, 2017

Sweet Justice (1992)

Director: Allen Plone

Writers: Jim Tabilio, Allen Plone

Composers: Shelley Cameron, Teddy Phillips, Robby Robinson

Starring: Finn Carter, Frank Gorshin, Marc Singer, Gregg Brazzel, Catherine Hickland, Kathleen Kinmont, Patricia Tallman, Marjean Holden, Michelle McCormick, Cheryl Paris, Mickey Rooney

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  When revenge is bitter...Justice is sweet!

Plot: The Army rejected six girls for active combat, but they end up terminating with extreme prejudice an army of lawless men, to avenge a brutal murder that otherwise would go down as an accident.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Why watch this direct to video action flick that nobody's heard of?  Well, it stars Finn Carter whose biggest claim to fame was starring in TREMORS (1990).  She was great in that.  And then you've got Frank Gorshin as the heavy (and he's overdoing it but it's just what this kind of picture calls for) plus the great Mickey Rooney.  Once you get into it you'll notice that there's very little action (the ass kicking is saved for the second half) and a little bit of nudity (oh, goody).  The last third is by the numbers.  There's a short montage which isn't anywhere near as entertaining as a mid-80s montage.  The fights are weak thanks to the actors.  They're so heavily choreographed and performed so slowly that it's embarrassing.  Some good editing would've fixed that.  Instead we get very little editing and we see large chunks of the fight without a cut.  These days movies could lose some cuts but in this picture it hurts it.  So why watch it?  Mickey Rooney...

Did you hear him say, "Jesus!" as he went down?  Fucking hilarious.  Now THAT was some good editing.  The only other thing is Frank Gorshin's death scene.  He milks the shit out of it and it is glorious.

Great shit.  I would've loved to have met him before he kicked the bucket.  It's on OK picture with a little going for it but it exemplifies the direct to video pictures of this era.  It's not that good but it's not that bad. 

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