Red Scorpion - 1988 - USA - Action
Dolph's character is a man of few words, and the few sentences that he speaks are often hard to understand due to his thick Russian accent. One thing is for sure though, Dolph's character is one no nonsense, tough mother fucker. He's the kind of pseudo superhuman action hero that punches dents in steel doors and lifts entire trucks by himself. He will diffuse a situation with lightning speed by crushing bones with his massive 2 ton fists, or accurately ventilating everyone on screen with an RPK. Lets just say the bad guys go down pretty hard in this one, something I always find desirable in an action movie.
The main flaw with Red Scorpion is its attempt at sentimentality. Dolph ends up befriending several Africans, including a bushman, and begins sympathize with the native peoples and question the moral values of his mission. This is all good and well in theory, however I don't think it fits well in this type of cheesy 80's action flick. I like my action movies pure and mindless, especially my B-grade ones.. Why bother with the sentimental crap when you could replace it with bullets and explosions? I know this sounds ignorant, but the long pauses in death and destruction in this movie really brought it down a few notches. That being said, all of the action scenes are exciting and satisfying, and Red Scorpion in a fun flick despite it's flaws.
You can find the DVD on Amazon - Red Scorpion DVD and the movie is also currently on Netflix if you have it.
Plot - 5/10
Action - 7.5/10
Blood n' guts - 2/10
Acting - 7/10
OVERALL - 7/10
Dolph doesn't like being in a cell....
M. Emmet Walsh and his cellmate hide in the back of the getaway vehicle