Strike

  • 1998
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Martial Arts

Writer-director Donald Farmer's sub-par script helps sink this film, whose threadbare plot barely holds the action sequences together. Hard-working Joe (Tony Luke) feels inadequate by comparison with older brother, Damon (Andre Buckner), an ex-cop and current martial arts champion, and wants nothing more than to wrest the victory belt from his sibling's...read more

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Reviewed by Robert Pardi
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Writer-director Donald Farmer's sub-par script helps sink this film, whose threadbare plot barely holds the action sequences together. Hard-working Joe (Tony Luke) feels inadequate by comparison with older brother, Damon (Andre Buckner), an ex-cop and current martial arts champion, and wants nothing more than to wrest the victory belt from his sibling's waist. A promoter, Mr. Ramsey, (Danny Fendley), gives Joe a shot at some preliminary bouts, not realizing that Ramsey's sporting empire includes extreme boxing matches. As a TV reporter tries to expose this scourge, Joe makes mincemeat of the contender promoted by Mr. Moto (Vince Canlas). After the match, Moto graciously mails Joe the head of the fighter he defeated, leading Joe to wonder whether this is really a business he wants to be in. Determined to lure Joe away from Ramsey, Moto kidnaps Joe's girlfriend, Rachel (Stephanie Sinclair), and without mentioning that he has raped his captive, suggests to Joe that if he values Rachel's life, he'll switch promoters. Just when it appears that Rachel is doomed to be a white slave and Joe is trapped in the life of a modern-day gladiator, Damon gets into the act. Can Damon and Joe set aside their sibling rivalry and join forces to vanquish Moto and his ninja goon squad. This mindless diversion offers up plenty of muscular combat, but the forgettable stars lack charisma.

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  • Released: 1998
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Writer-director Donald Farmer's sub-par script helps sink this film, whose threadbare plot barely holds the action sequences together. Hard-working Joe (Tony Luke) feels inadequate by comparison with older brother, Damon (Andre Buckner), an ex-cop and curr… (more)

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