Don "The Dragon" Wilson to date hasn't appeared in any movies since
this one was made. After watching this movie, I could understand why he
might be reluctant to appear in more movies after this one. He looks
haggard and tired here, really showing his age (which may explain why
he's not pictured on the DVD box despite being the lead character.)
While you may think he'll do his trademark martial arts skills,
surprisingly he hardly does any such moves (yes a Don Wilson movie with
almost no martial arts!) What really destroys the movie, however, is
the low budget and the inadequate screenplay. The photography is poor,
many locations are obviously sets, and the story doesn't really make a
lot of sense. Is there anything worthwhile here? Well, some battlefield
scenes are surprisingly well done. You actually feel like you're in the
combat zone watching them, and they feel really realistic. However,
since these scenes only take a few minutes of the movie's 94 minute
running time, it's not worth going through the long slog to see them..
Film Flex stung me again.
Good Sci-Fi films are few and far apart. You need loads of money (like
Starship Troopers) or inspired, genius film crews (like Cube).
This has none of that. The production values are rock bottom, I think
the actors probably had to bring their own sandwiches to set.
But like most cheap films it is not the lack of money that lets it
down. All the sets are over lit and immaculately clean so you can't
shake that 'I'm in a studio' feel and the combat scenes (like all cheap
movies) consist of a group of extras standing bolt up-right unleashing
a hail of bullets to off-left screen, camera then switchs to the good
guys crouching behind a barrel firing off-right screen.
The good guys blatantly wear bicycle helmets, but no one cared enough
to cruise the charity shops long enough to get a vaguely matching set.
This film was hampered by bad writing and lack of money, but it was a
lack of love and commitment that killed it.
Gets a star for a scene where you see Starbuck topless (from behind, in