Reflex Action

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action, Crime, Martial Arts

This anti-drug broadside boasts two assets: the script's believable depiction of sibling rivalry and the perfect martial arts symmetry of leads Michael Baldoz and Michael Guerin. After distinguishing himself during Operation Desert Storm, Quinn Taylor (Baldoz) recuperates at his family's trailer-home on the Arizona-Mexico border. Although Papa Taylor (Archie...read more

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This anti-drug broadside boasts two assets: the script's believable depiction of sibling rivalry and the perfect martial arts symmetry of leads Michael Baldoz and Michael Guerin. After distinguishing himself during Operation Desert Storm, Quinn Taylor (Baldoz) recuperates at his family's trailer-home on the Arizona-Mexico border. Although Papa Taylor (Archie Gibson) welcomes the war hero's return, Quinn's brother Lee (Guerin) isn't so keen. While Quinn skipped town to see the world, Lee remained behind to work Papa's gold mine and rue the injury that crushed his dreams of making it in professional athletics. The extended Taylor-family circle also includes a mysterious, silent woman named Kristina, (Kristina Lee) to whom Papa has given refuge. But Kristina has a secret: A Mexican drug cartel kidnapped her little sister alive, and in order to keep the child alive she must spy on the Taylor family's mining progress. Drug lord Mr. Smith (Richard Lynch) wants to use the mine tunnels under the Taylor land to transport dope, and he orders his associate, Mr. Dean (Dean Anzalone), to pressure Papa Taylor into selling his property. Dean tries to snap up the land, threatening homicide as a deal closer. Dean even turns on Smith and topples him, which makes him even more determined to seize the Taylors' caves. But the squabbling brothers manage to put aside their resentments long enough to brush up their kick boxing acumen in defense of the family holdings, especially after Papa finally strikes a vein of gold. Despite the perils, the reunited family gambles on a last ditch effort to booby trap their mine and rescue Kristina's sister. This standard-issue kung fu picture, which works itself into a lather over nasty dope-dealers, is redeemed by its kick-power. It's a genuine tribute to the lithe skills of martial artists Baldoz and Guerin, who actually have some acting muscles as well.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: R
  • Review: This anti-drug broadside boasts two assets: the script's believable depiction of sibling rivalry and the perfect martial arts symmetry of leads Michael Baldoz and Michael Guerin. After distinguishing himself during Operation Desert Storm, Quinn Taylor (Bal… (more)

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