Starring AIP veteran Joe Estevez and newcomer David Harrod, ARMED FOR ACTION is a slow-moving, formulaic action yarn.
Beleaguered sergeant Phil Towers (Harrod) is transporting hitman turned government witness David Montel (Rockey Patterson) to Los Angeles. While driving across the country, Phil and Montel pull into a small Western town for lunch. Meanwhile, good ol' boys Alex (J. Scott Guy) and Jake (Shane
Boldin) have gone hunting. En route, they get a flat tire and walk back toward town where they encounter two suspicious-looking men in business suits, who have stopped by the side of the road. One of the strangers, Robertson (John Pask), who is clearly disturbed, becomes annoyed at Alex and Jake's
request for help, shoots at them and hits Jake in the shoulder. As Alex and Jake are running back to town like a couple of scared rabbits, detectives West (Estevez) and Carter (Dean Nolen) stroll into town looking for Montel. It is later revealed that West and Carter are not cops, but mobsters
working with Robertson, Thompson (Kirk McKinney) and several other bad-guy types who want to kill Montel before he can testify at a trial.
When Alex and Jake return to town, they discover that the Sheriff (Jack Gould) and Jake's girlfriend Lori (Tracy Spaulding) have been murdered. Walking into the local bar, they meet up with Phil and Montel who explain what's happening. Soon the mobsters surround the bar, but Montel, Phil, Alex and
Jake manage to escape. The four take refuge in Alex's trailer home, where he just happens to have his own private arsenal. And before you can say testosterone, the final shootout begins. After the smoke clears, the mandatory female hostage, Sarah (Barri Murphy), is freed; and old rivals West and
Montel have a showdown wherein West is killed and Montel escapes.
Clearly, some care was taken where photography and special effects were concerned. However, the characters are one-dimensional, and much of the acting is over-the-top. Estevez (SOULTAKER, DARK RIDER) often substitutes eye bulging for acting. And Pask's portrayal of a trigger-happy psycho is really
overdone. The only really likable person in the movie is Montel and he's a convicted killer. Also, it is never revealed where this town is and the female characters are, for the most part, used as decoration. (Excessive violence, excessive profanity, partial nudity.)
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- Released: 1992
- Rating: NR
- Review: Starring AIP veteran Joe Estevez and newcomer David Harrod, ARMED FOR ACTION is a slow-moving, formulaic action yarn. Beleaguered sergeant Phil Towers (Harrod) is transporting hitman turned government witness David Montel (Rockey Patterson) to Los Angeles… (more)