A direct-to-video martial-arts picture, TRIPLE IMPACT offers little except some lively action sequences, and its made-in-Thailand production values are appropriately Third World.
TRIPLE IMPACT commences with a Vietnam War flashback, as lost commandoes in Cambodia stumble, literally, into a cave containing a precious gold Buddha. They nearly kill each other over the treasure.
"Twenty Years Later," kickboxing con men Dave Masters (Dale Cook) and cohort James Stokes (Ron Hall) make a living fleecing gamblers through rigged matches with each other. They're approached by one of the veterans of the prologue's mayhem, who thinks their skills can help him recover the
Buddha. He draws the kickboxers a map revealing its hiding place, and is promptly killed by emissaries of fey villain McMann (Nick Nicholson). Dave, James, and Dave's on-again-off-again fiancee Julie (Bridgett Wiley) go to Cambodia and locate the gold, with McMann and his crew in hot pursuit. The
villains corner them in the explosives-laden cave, and there's a big, brawling finale that leads to the whole place blowing up and the good guys escaping with their lives, but without the gold Buddha.
"Good guys" is a relative term in TRIPLE IMPACT, since neither Dave nor James is particularly likeable--in fact, the former is written as a conceited jerk, all the more annoying because the viewer is clearly expected to like him. Real-life kickboxing champ Dale "Apollo" Cook doesn't have the
acting skills to fight his way out of that trap, though his martial-arts mastery is impressive; he can kickbox in a flailing, overconfident manner that doesn't break character. Of the rest of the cast, only Bridgett "Baby Doll" Wiley appears to have given acting the same attention as martial arts.
Another eminence in the kickboxing field, Mike "Cobra" Cole, has a brief, wordless, pointless cameo as himself--perhaps the filmmakers simply wanted another nickname in the credits. (Violence, profanity, nudity.)
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- Released: 1993
- Rating: NR
- Review: A direct-to-video martial-arts picture, TRIPLE IMPACT offers little except some lively action sequences, and its made-in-Thailand production values are appropriately Third World. TRIPLE IMPACT commences with a Vietnam War flashback, as lost commandoes i… (more)