But I nevertheless find it to be an entertaining and refreshing movie because: a It is slow-paced compared to movies churned out by Hollywood nowadays. Why we haven't seen her in more movies is beyond me. The plot is surprisingly equal to a Bond movie. Jean Claude Van Damme makes an awesome villain, but his two major showdowns with Kosugi are rather disappointing. Strange motion picture this is.
The whole operation takes place in Malta, a very beautiful place, and there's going to be lots of action and many boring and unimportant dramatic moments. I find 1980s pop-corn flicks quite relaxing. The martial arts chorography in the film is very sloppy and the fight scene between Sho Khogusi and Van Damme is weak. To ensure his loyalty, they bring his two young sons to a nearby hotel on the island. The movie takes place on Malta, where both Soviets and Americans want to get their hands on this airplane. An American airplane with a new laser guidance system crashes in the Mediterranena sea.
The story is plain stupid and could probably be resolved in real life through simple diplomacy or a quick Navy Seals operation. Unless you're watching a horror film allthough this movie is a horror to watch you're not supposed to root for the bad guy. He gets more physics to display, he gets the cool moves, he even is more fleshed out physical and character-wise then the good guy. He gets more material science to show, he gets the cool moves, he even is more fleshed out physical and character-wise then the great person. Van Damme is better than the hero simply because he's more scary than Shô Kosugi who plays the heroic main character and because the hero is too difficult for any audience to relate with.
The film could have made Van Damme a wash up but luckily he didn't. All in all, this flick is a guilty pleasure, but for good reasons. Its plot, acting and direction are enjoyable but not really memorable. Malta is the real star of this picture. But of course this is one-man operation and boring it is. What shocks me about the man that passes by the codename of Black Eagle is the means by which 1-dimensional his character is thinking about he has the most screen time and they attempted to substance him out by having his children around.
Because of this, the movie had a great potential. It's quite refreshing to enjoy the beauties of an oft-overlooked location in movie-making. These unimportant moments drags this film way down considering that thi…. So is the story, and totally this means that the movie sucks. Kosugi plays the agent who needs to track down and rescue this device in order to be the hero of the moment and stay home with his two kids.
And I'm no expert in martial arts movies, so I can't review Sho Kosugi and Jean-Claude Van Damme fighting performances in this flick. In addition, this is in 1988, the same year that van Damme starred in Bloodsport. The story follows clichés after clichés. Its fortifications, distinctive architecture, sunny beaches, beautiful landscapes. Set against the background off Malta only one men can take on a ship full of evil Russians while entertaining his kids on vacation and I'm not making that up. .
Then Van Damme, here having about half the amount of lines Ah-nold had in Terminator he comes off as a baddie we all like. The funniest thing about this film is that Kosugi shows little chemistry with his on-screen kids, even though they are his kids in real life as well! It was surprising to see van Damme as some kind of bad guy, and as a Soviet. Then Van Damme, here having about a large portion of the measure of lines Ah-nold had in Terminator he appears to be a baddie we as a whole like. I'm thinking they re-shot scenes making van Damme's character more likable after the success of Bloodsport, but it messes the movie up even more. The action scenes in this movie are very bad. It's a typical 80's action movie trying to be a James Bond film with Van Damme in the Jaws role with two non-English leads the heavy accents are all over the place and it works on no level at all. What surprises me about the man that goes by the codename of Black Eagle is how 1-dimensional his character is considering he has the most screen time and they tried to flesh him out by having his kids around.
At the end I was just hoping Van Damme would knock his lights out. The lead in this movie is not van Damme, but instead Sho Kosugi who plays some kind of American agent. To guarantee his unwaveringness, they convey his two youthful children to a close-by lodging on the island. Written by Granted, this is not a great movie by any measure. To ensure his loyalty, they bring his two young sons to a nearby hotel on the island. To ensure his loyalty, they bring his two young sons to a nearby hotel on the island. .
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