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).
not a very good end to this series
Kickboxer 5 isn't the best movie out there...it is by far not the
The Kickboxer franchise missed its superstar Van Damme after Kickboxer.
Though most fans really enjoyed the sequels with the charismatic Sasha
Mitchell (David Sloane) who was good at fighting and good at comedy and
despised the beastly Tiger Tong po character from 1 and 2.
This title has neither Van Damme, Mitchell or Tong po. We can also
forgive KickBoxer 4 from switching the tong po character star Michael
Qissi, though this movie barely connects to the kickboxer franchise,
the only connection is a weak Six degrees of separation to the
character of David sloane which is obviously mentioned to justify the
The movie seemed like a very poorly produced title to try and make a
bit of a profit from the cult following this series has, as well as to
appeal to the straight to DVD audience/market.
Costs are now down due to the removal of Mitchell. The shooting
location of South Africa confirms how the costs were kept down, The
lead actor Mark Dacoscos seems like a talented Martial Artist and stars
in this movie with Geoff Meed and james Ryan. The action is Very good
and fast paced, a small concern is the fact that all the stars appear
to be doing other styles of fighting instead of Kickboxing or Muay ti.
Overall the movie ain't to bad. It is a let down compared to the other
Kickboxer films. I believe the title grab of Kickboxer 5 was more a
money grab to receive more profits, when without the references to the
Sloane family and the Kickboxer name as well as a bit more
drama/character development this film could have easily Stood Alone and
Made the same money without the kickboxer name.