Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Russians are coming - RED SCORPION(1988)

For all the popularity among action movie fans for Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Scwrzenegger back in the decade of the 1980's I don't see much mention of Dolph Lundgren, an actor(and former martial arts champion in Europe) who gained lasting fame in the 1985 film Rocky IV for beating "Apollo Creed" to death and then basically beating boxing champ "Rocky Balboa" into retirement. Rocky of course won the fight against Lundgren's hulking Russian boxer character "Drago" but took the beating of a lifetime to do it.

Actor Dolph Lundgren again plays a stoic, hulking Russian bad ass in 1988's RED SCORPION - in this action movie Lundgren plays Spetznaz commando "Nikolai", a Lieutenant in the Soviet Union's special forces who is skilled in weapons, hand to hand combat and who also takes a minimalist approach to speaking and overall conversation with those around him.

In Red Scorpion(1988) "Nikolai" is given the task of infiltrating a "rebel" group in Africa and assassinating its leader, all in the name of the Russian "motherland". Nikolai's boss, a Russian general who is clearly in love with himself, misleads "Nikolai" into believing the rebels are a dangerous and formidable force. Nikolai later sees that the rebels are in fact only defending themselves and trying to prevent their own extermination at the hands of the USSR. Nikolai fails to kill the rebel leader, is knocked out and deposited on the side of a road where he's picked up by Cuban and Russian soldiers, berated by his boss and then briefly tortured before escaping into the hot, arid African countryside.

Nikolai befriends a "bushman", is later given a "scorpion" shaped tattoo by the bushman and his people, then returns to the rebels where he switches sides and helps them open up a huge can of whoop ass on the Cuban-Russian military base.

I own the Blu Ray of this film which is directed by Joseph Zito. For those action movie fans who haven't seen this movie I'd definitely recommend it as a Netflix or Redbox rental. Die hard action film fans should buy the Blu Ray which is nicely packaged and includes extras and a DVD of the film as well.

A trailer:

The Synapse Blu Ray/DVD release can be purchased at Amazon: RED SCORPION BLU RAY/DVD release