One Man Force
release year: 1989
viewing setting: home DVD, 9/10/17
synopsis: A really big cop has to do things his own way to take down the bad guys.
impressions: It was standard 1980s action, from that magical time when any reasonably fit guy could get an action movie made with him as the star. Some worked out (Arnold, Stallone, Van Damme, even Dolph Lundgren and Carl Weathers) while others only got the one starring role. For John Matuszak, 1973 #1 NFL draft pick and 10-year veteran defensive end, this was that movie. In his case, unfortunately, it was because died the same year this movie came out. What would his action-movie career have looked like? Hard to say, but at 6'8" and almost 300 lbs, he definitely had the physical presence to be a star. Not many actors can pick up a refrigerator and use it as a weapon to crush bad guys, or burst free from beneath a pile of goons during a fight. The plot was pretty basic (rogue cop's buddy gets killed, rogue cop decides to take down the bad guys no matter what) and there were some notable other actors.
another cool review of this movie: Explosive Action!
acting: Matuszak was a big dude, and had some acting ability and actually seemed like a nice guy. There are some other veteran actors here, too. Ronny Cox is the police chief who gets ignored. Sam Jones (who was in the 1980 classic Flash Gordon) is the partner. Richard Lynch is the main bad guy. Staple bad guy and large-chin-owner Charles Napier is also in this one.
final word: Basic 80s action movie, worth seeing.
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