Judge David Johnson is a Force: One.
From the man who brought you Gymkata: another dumb movie.
By "dumb," I of course mean "better than you deserve." Released in 1981, Force: Five tells the touching true (or not) story of a top-secret mission to rescue a Senator's daughter from the clutches of a megalomaniacal cult leader. Tasked to infiltrate the compound is lantern-jawed Jim Morton (Joe Lewis), a crackerjack agent with a talent for hand-to-hand combat and an unwavering desire to serve both his country and the political hacks that occupy it's highest chambers.
His crew includes the big and tough Lockjaw, a small, dangerous man named Billy Ortega, the lethal enchantress Cindy, and Ezekiel (Richard Norton), the Australian hot-head. This deeply impressive combat unit is inserted undercover into the cult, and work to track down and evac the daughter before something really terrible happens.
Director Robert Clouse test-drives his mojo on this martial arts extravaganza before ascending to the pinnacle of the craft with his masterwork, Gymkata. The result is, unfortunately, middling. The potential was there for a memorable B-movie gem, but a lackadaisical pace and not enough dated lunacy holds it back.
Still, there is some fun to be had—and that fun lies almost exclusively in the composition of the team itself. Let's take a deeper dive:
Scorpion's DVD is simple: an okay-looking 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, 2.0 stereo and no extras.
Missed opportunity. Guilty.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Scorpion Releasing
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