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