Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA/France, 1999. Long Road Productions, KPI Productions, Lomax Productions, PM Entertainment Group. Screenplay by Tom O’Rourke. Cinematography by Ross A. Maehl. Produced by Evzen Kolar, Lawrence Levy, Jean-Claude Van Damme. Music by Bill Conti. Production Design by Michael Novotny. Costume Design by Mayes C. Rubeo. Film Editing by J. Douglas Seelig.
Jean-Claude Van Damme stops in the middle of the desert to get drunk and pass out which, unfortunately, means he’s too wasted to fight off a group of trashy guys from the nearby town who beat him up and take his motorcycle. Thinking him dead when they leave, the bad guys go back to their dusty town where they are drug dealers in a rivalry with another family, while Van Damme is fixed up by his native best friend (Danny Trejo) and restored to health. When he is ready to get his bike back, he decides to clean up the town by setting the two gangs against each other in a simplified remake of Yojimbo (which the film shamelessly references). A few fun supporting characters and a handful of good fights are a plus, not to mention that Van Damme is his usual spry and winsomely likeable self, but the dialogue is bad even for a film of this kind, and John G. Avildsen is barely trying while sitting in the director’s chair.