David Sloan out...Matt Reeves in
This was better than Kickboxer 4. However, what was disappointing was that
David Sloan was killed off. His death is seen in the opening credits of the
film. However, David has a best friend in Matt Reeves, played by the always
fantastic Mark Dacascos. Mark collaborated with Burton Richardson on all the
fights involving him. It was great to see James Ryan after the karate films
Kill or be Killed and Kill and Kill Again this time as bad guy Negaal. What
annoyed me though was Negaal's goons, Moon and Boller...they should've been
dead from the beginning. It's easy to see why the filmmakers call it
Kickboxer 5. A suggestion to the filmmakers: If you ever do Kickboxer 6,
have Matt Reeves fight Tong Po in the ultimate battle for honor and
revenge...not only for Matt, but for the Sloans as well..
Nothing redeeming here...
This time Mark Dacascos is the headlining kickboxer who destroys the
company that killed his friends. Seems like the Negall federation has
killed off champions who refuse to join (Including Sasha Mitchell's
character David Sloan) of course this leads to a final confrontation
between Mark Dacascos and James Ryan. Redemption:Kickboxer 5 is the
only film of the series that I had never saw prior to my ordering of
the Kickboxer 5 pack. This particular entry for some reason never
played on USA or TBS like the others did. After watching the final
product it's not hard to see why. First off the David Sloan killed off
in this film looks so unlike Sasha Mitchell (Why didn't they use Geoff
Meed who bares somewhat of a resemblance?) that I refuse to acknowledge
that this indeed has anything to do with Kickboxer 1-4. I must admit
that I rated Kickboxer 1-4 higher than I normally would due to my
nostalgia at the time, I would get home from my gas station job and
plop down on the couch and that would be on TV much to my delight.
Redemption:Kickboxer 5 doesn't even have that to fall back on and
indeed there is hardly any kickboxing at all to be found in this super
lousy sequel. Dacascos has natural screen presence and James Ryan has
his moments as a bad guy but I prefer ass kicking in favor of witty
exchanges and therefore this movie adds up to less than nothing for me.
1/2* out of 4-(Awful).