Action-exploitation maven Andy Sidaris strikes again with HARD HUNTED, another entry in his patented "T & E" film formula--"E" for Explosions, "T" for what it usually denotes--in this, the seventh outing for that oversexed squad of Hawaii-based crimefighters.
HARD HUNTED heralds a new running villain, a standard suave illegal-arms dealer named Kane (R.J. Moore) who's just smuggled a nuclear detonator out of Red China and plans to sell it to Iraq, making the exchange in the Pacific tropics. The U.S. is dismayed and alerts the familiar Sidaris roster
of superagents; Donna (Dona Speir), sexy blonde commando; Nicole (Roberta Vasquez), sexy brunette commando; Edy (Cynthia Brimhall), sexy aspiring singer; Shane Abilene (Michael J. Shane), the stud who can't shoot straight.
A double agent steals the device, sealed in a jade Buddha, from Kane's yacht and delivers the precious knick-knack to Donna and Nicole, who are on a tanning mission, evidently, in Arizona. Suddenly a Kane hit man attacks, raining bullets and rockets from his well-armed gyrocopter. In the ensuing
confusion Donna, holding the Buddha, gets kidnapped by Kane's men but manages to bail out over the Pacific and parachute to a small island, where she hits her head and develops amnesia, and is thus easily taken prisoner by Rodrigo Pico (Rodrigo Obregon), white slaver and Kane associate.
With their friend's life in grave danger, the "global balance of power" about to topple, and Kane drawing ever closer, the Hawaiian team decides to take a break. "Even James Bond takes time out for sex," says one bedroom-eyed beauty, exemplifying the philosophy of Mondo Sidaris as the various
characters pair off for soft-focus intercourse. Even dazed Donna gets intimate with a Kane henchman, though once she regains her memory she impales him on a machete while taunting that she faked orgasm. Donna is brought back to "reality" by hearing her colleagues broadcast coded double-entendres
of support during the "sextrology" segment of secret-agent-run radio station KSXY, an erotic island channel tuned in by hero and villain alike. Obviously, Jack Lord barking "Book 'em, Danno!" no long cuts it as Hawaiian law enforcement.
There's another subplot that's meant to be laughable, in which Kane sends two bumbling Latino assassins nicknamed Wiley and Coyote to terminate the good guys. Piloting an Acme-brand hovercraft, the pair get blown up themselves in harmless cartoon fashion. Such silly narrative detours put the
brakes on the fast-paced storyline and rob HARD HUNTED of whatever sense of danger the material might have had. From then on the characters play a few more rounds of who's-got-the-Buddha? before destroying the detonator. Kane retreats, vowing vengeance--and back he was in the next movie FIT TO
KILL, also released on video in 1993.
R.J. Moore is the son of 007 star Roger Moore, and it's almost interesting to watch him employ his father's politely stiff thespian style in the service of villainy. Still, Moore can't compensate for the underwritten void of Kane's personality. Tony Peck, son of Gregory, has even less to work
with as a bed-hopping fed. The women, most of whom are graduates of the Playboy video school of performing arts, display tremendous assets, but acting skills aren't among them, though Dona Speir has credible gumption as a gun-toting babe-of-action.
Andy Sidaris, who in an earlier career directed for ABC Sports, knows how to splice an action sequence together when he cares to, and the best thing in HARD HUNTED is that lethal BLUE THUNDER-style assault gyrocopter, designed by the late Richard Bentley (to whom the film is dedicated). It
really hurts to see the sleek flying machine explode at the climax, since it also provided the film's best performance. (Sexual situations, extensive nudity, violence, profanity.)
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- Released: 1993
- Rating: NR
- Review: Action-exploitation maven Andy Sidaris strikes again with HARD HUNTED, another entry in his patented "T & E" film formula--"E" for Explosions, "T" for what it usually denotes--in this, the seventh outing for that oversexed squad of Hawaii-based crimefighte… (more)