Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Back in the 80's I was too busy watching Hong Kong action movies to give any of these American straight-to-video movies a chance and looking at this one now I can see why. First of all this title alone is about as dull as you can get without just calling your movie "ACTION". Secondly, Gary Daniels, while a good enough martial artist, is a pretty bland and forgettable hero. I know these action movies stars were a dime-a-dozen at this time but why they picked this particular fellow I'm not very sure except that he looks fit enough. He's basically an even more run-of-the-mill version of Michael "AMERICAN NINJA" Dudikoff with an English accent but apparently he was a good kick-boxer in real life so that works. On the positive side this movie is wall-to-wall action and it looks like they spent a bundle on the bunch of cars that they're constantly wrecking throughout this(which makes me think this possibly might have had some kinda theatrical run?). Also they kill kids here so that's something different. Ultimately if you're just looking for explosions and crazy car chases this will probably work well enough for you. I think I'd rather watch anything from Asia from this time period instead but that's probably cuz I'm more of a kung fu fan than an explodey-action guy.
As crappy a title as RECOIL is there's a few other RECOIL's out there. One is from 2011 and stars "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Danny Trejo, there's one about a killer mutant snake from 2009 starring Luke Perry and there's one from the 50's about gangsters amongst others. Who knew such a shit title could be so popular?