(out of 5)
Enjoyable sci-fi action flick has Arnold Schwarzenegger doing what he does best, flexing his muscles. He plays a wrongly convicted police officer who is sentenced to prison after he disobeys his commanding officer’s orders to open fire on a group of innocent, hungry protesters. This results in him being placed on a futuristic game show where contestants are convicts who are forced to fight for their lives against trained murderous professionals. The allegorical nature of the story isn’t all that difficult to decipher, but it makes up for its lame-brain moralizing with some fun action scenes and a cutely romantic relationship between Ahnold and Maria Conchita Alonso as a fellow contestant. Our hero would make way better science-fiction flicks in the future (Total Recall, Terminator 2), but you could do a lot worse than this one.
Directed by Paul Michael Glaser
Cinematography by Thomas Del Ruth
Music by Harold Faltermeyer
Production Design by Jack T. Collis
Costume Design by Robert Blackman