Lethal Force

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Lethal Force Review


Alvin Ecarma knows cheese. He knows it so well he might want to get a job at Kraft.

Lethal Force, his low-budget action movie, takes the genre and stands it on its head with 70 quick minutes of rock-'em, sock-'em violence, kung fu style. As best I can make out, the plot involves a gangster who is forced to betray his fellow gangster /friend in order to rescue his kidnapped son from yet another gangster. Many, many fights ensue, with fists, guns, knives, or all three.

Ecarma is obviously aware of his budget, and he uses blood-spurting gear to great effect. The story is a throwaway, bordering on nonsense, but Ecarma's bloody effects make for such good clean fun (okay, dirty fun) it's a lot like enjoying an old Friday the 13th splatterfest. That one gangster can take two industrial drill bores through his head and survive with no ill effects should give you a clue as to Lethal Force's realism.

Goofy action has of course been done before, and what always pushes it from mindless fun to camp classic is the quality of its jokes. Too bad then that Lethal Force opts to have its splatter effects do double duty as its humor, which ultimately makes much of the film feel like it's retreading over itself (even in its super-short running time). The rest of the film is just filler to take us from one chopsocky scene to the next, but it's in the interim moments that the true cult classics are made.

Mindless fun. Emphasis on mindless.



Lethal Force

Facts and Figures

In Theaters: Sunday 7th July 2002

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
Fresh: 3 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 6.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Jack, Patricia Dugueye as Rita, Cash Flagg Jr. as Savitch, as Mal Locke, J. Patrick Collins Jr. as Patrick, as Big Bertha, Ron Lincoln as Rocco, Lori Boyd as Linda, Judy W. Chen as Sarah, Carolina Hoyos as Roxy

Also starring: ,

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