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Plot: An elite Special Forces operative is chosen to assassinate an anti-Communist rebel leader, but defects after witnessing the brutality of his comrades, leading the resistance against their oppressors. Runtime: 105 mins Release Date: 24 Dec 1988
If there is something I connect to the 80's more than anything it's movies like this one. It came at the shivering end of the decade, when the cold war was nearly over. But it shows a technique honed through literally dozens of cold war action movies. A genre of it's own.The Russian KGB-agent Nikolai Dolph Lundgren is sent to Africa to kill a native revolutionary. However he is betrayed by his own people and instead befriends the man he was to kill. Soon he exacts his vengeance on his deceitful commanders.Dolph Lundgren is known from cold war epics like Rocky IV and Pentathlon. <more>
It seems his blonde Swedish looks are very Russian in the eyes of the American audience. Also his garbled accent might be appropriate as a substitute for real Russian. Here he shoots, explodes and slices half the Russian and Cuban armies in his quest for vengeance on the men who betrayed him. The machine of the communist party just needed one small deceit to see the error of his ways and instantly team up with natives and guerrillas to fight for their freedom.A touching story if you don't think about it. So, you've seen Rambo II and III? You've seen Missing in action with Chuck Norris? You've seen dozens of other cold war action movies where Russians are killed in the hundreds and the hero hardly flinches when he is shot? Then you KNOW what this is about. And this might just be the best of the lot. This is simply 80's propaganda-action in it's most purified form. Entertaining to say the least. Rating is 1/10 for quality, 7/10 for entertainment and 10/10 for accents.
There are four rules that seem to be required for a "great" movie:1. Acting Dialogue2. Excitement Explosions3. The Russian is not allowed to be the hero4. There should be romance, even when irrelevant to the storyRed Scorpion is one of my all time favourite movies, precisely for breaking all of these rulesThis is a brilliant, well paced movie. Well acted by Dolph Lundgren, who is one of the few actors with the ability and charisma to succeed with the "quiet but strong" type of hero.9 out of 10
Welcome to Reagan's America (by retrozoid)
This film captures the essence of the American experience during the Reagan administration. A time of evil commies, senseless violence and stuff getting blowed up. Seeing this movie gives you a sense of the patriotic glee that was such a big part of life in the 80s. Dolph Lundgren gives a great performance as a soul-searching death machine whose disenchantment with communism leads him on a rampaging kill-o-thon. This was one of many movies with a theme that good Russians can escape a bad Soviet system and become heroes and allies to freedom so long as they don't run out of bullets . <more>
Seeing this movie is like seeing history written with grenades. Don't miss it.
If you have ever seen Bridge of Dragons or Men of War, Red Scorpion is what both of those movies should have been. This movie is Ivan Drago from Rocky IV combined with the sniper Dolph plays in Silent Trigger.In Red Scorpion Dolph plays a Soviet agent Nikolai who has been trained to be a state of art killing machine that follows orders and is ultra loyal to his country. He has been fed propaganda all of his life so he really believes in his country and its leaders. He is sent to Africa to kill the leader of a band of rebels having been told that they are the bad guys. Eventually, he <more>
realizes he is on the wrong side of this conflict and joins the rebel army. There is a scene where a Bushman rescues Nikolai from certain death in the desert. I think the Bushman character is awesome and actor who plays him is fantastic. He seems so sincere. The whole movie may be more relevant to people who are familiar with Africa, the Congo/Angola in particular and the past political situations there. Dolph doesn't really have that many lines, however, he does deliver the action and convey the emotions. His costars the guys who play the bushman, one of the rebel leaders and a reporter are excellent.
excellent pile of junk!!!!!!!!!!! (by vocal_warchild)
OK now I'm not going to try and say that this film is by any means a true classic, BUT it is a type of classic.in so much as that it has the man Dolph, mostly half nude, and it has guns, and some really nasty ones at that. so the plot is really weak, nobody is going to buy into the fact that one guy can save a nation but thats not the point, its really just a vehicle for Dolph to do his thing, which is to look tough and sound funny in a monotone kinda way.i really like the torture scene where the guy is sticking large needles through Dolphs anatomy, actually looks pretty realistic <more>
considering its not a big budget film, and also i like the scarification that Dolphs little tribesman friend does for him while he is drugged.the highlight of the film for me is probably the goofy relationship that is forged between Dolphs character and the little bushman, its really fun. the language barrier is well played out but the writers and actors have enabled this element to flow very well and their means of communication is really very effective at translating the messages of the relationship for the film.so do yourself a favor and go rent the DVD as it has at long last been released, and sit back and enjoy some cornball action for all its worth.just don't expect any special features cause their isn't any.
Surprisingly very enjoyable Lundgren flick *Possible Spoilers* (by callanvass)
Surprisingly very enjoyable Lundgren flick. This is very underrated in my opinion with a good story even though it's pretty dumb at times. But come on what did you expect! It's action people learn to enjoy it!. It had TONS of explosions, destruction and plenty of violence to keep you entertained. I thought Lundgren was excellent in this but more on that later . This is not a very popular movie but i checked my brain at the door and enjoyed myself very much. Lundgren has a quite a few funny one liners too. Throughout the film you begin to see Dolph becoming more human. Loved the <more>
scenes between him and that African voodoo guy.The Direction is very good. Joseph Zito does a very good job here, with good effects, cool story, and keeping it at a very fast pace and overall doing a solid job!. There is TONS of violence!. we get TONS of bloody gunshot wounds, a bloody broken nose, a person sticks pin needles into someone's flesh, HUNDREDS of very graphic but non bloody gunshot wounds, very bloody wound on a leg, an arm shot off nasty scene the arm literally comes off. The acting is great. Dolph Lundgren deserves more credit then he has been giving he is a GREAT action star and very entertaining to watch, he gave a very good performance here and was very likable plus was he ever buffed up ! and he kicked that butt!. M. Emmet Walsh annoyed me at first but turned out to be a likable guy in the end. Al White was awesome here i remember him from Airplane 1 and 2. he gave a very good performance and was very likable. T.p McKenna is good as the main villain and was menacing. Overall i highly recommend this give it a try! ***1/2 out of 5
What part of "Dolph Lundgren video" did you not understand when you rented this? (by roybatty-1)
I have a special place in my heart for this movie. OK not really --- but it *does* have FX by Tom Savini and that alone makes it watchable. And who can resist Blade Runner alumni M. Emmet Walsh AND Brion James --- together again for the first time! Seriously, a solid actioner with many extra frills to make it worth your while.