REDEMPTION: KICKBOXER 5 is a film where no cliche is left unexplored and everything is worked out according to formula, amidst completely pointless violence.
Matt Reeves (Mark Dacascos) is a former kickboxing champ now working as an instructor. His friend Johnny (Denney Pierce) wins the American championship, but Matt advises him against joining the Negaal Kickboxing Federation, based in South Africa. Johnny's refusal to join results in his death. We
learn that Negaal (James Ryan) is a psychopath who relentlessly kills those who oppose his revenge against the kickboxing authorities who have banned him from the sport.
Negaal arranges to have Paul Croft (Geoff Meed) released from prison to kill Matt. Paul refuses and joins Matt in his fight against Negaal. The two escape from Negaal's goons at the Johannesburg airport, but are soon imprisoned on trumped-up charges. Their cellmate agrees to help them escape,
after which they are aided by Paul's sister Angie (Rulan Booth). The three crash a party that Negaal is throwing, where Matt beats Negaal at roulette and insults him. The stage is set for their confrontation, where Matt kills Negaal with a blow to the throat, then takes back Johnny's championship
REDEMPTION: KICKBOXER 5 is hardly a movie that keeps you guessing. The good guys win every fight scene; Matt decides to fight again after having given it up; and, of course, the bad guy gets it in the end. This might be excusable if the script were well written or the acting were good.
Unfortunately, neither is the case. When Matt finally meets the evil Negaal, for example, he calls him "butt-face." And except for Dacascos, who has some charisma as Matt, the rest of the cast are caricatures at best. Half of them can't seem to remember if they have South African accents.
Additionally, though much of the action was filmed in South Africa itself, it may as well have been a Hollywood backlot. We get no sense of local color--not the case in the original KICKBOXER (1989). In the end, the movie is just an excuse for several scenes of brutal violence. (Graphic violence,profanity.)
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- Released: 1995
- Rating: R
- Review: REDEMPTION: KICKBOXER 5 is a film where no cliche is left unexplored and everything is worked out according to formula, amidst completely pointless violence. Matt Reeves (Mark Dacascos) is a former kickboxing champ now working as an instructor. His friend… (more)