Friday, 5 October 2012

DVD review: Rapid Fire (1989)

Please note that this review is based upon a italian language only DVD release, it seems to be the only legit DVD release of this film, and my knowledge of italian is nil. I don´t understand a word...
Mike Thompson (Ron Waldron) is a former U.S. government agent whom is called on by his no-nonsense ex-employer Hanson (Joe Spinell) to stop a terrorist named Mustapha who breaks out of a maximum security military prison aboard a battleship with the help from his aide Eddy Williams (Michael Wayne) a former agent-turned-mercenary using a new prototype weapon that is capable of firing six different types of ammunition that the U.S. government wants back at any cost. Mike is forced to rely on his former partner-in-crime Pappy, and a CIA agent named Corle, to help him try to track down Eddy hoping to lead him to Mustapha before they can plan their next terrorist strike. Rapid Fire is written by William Zipp and David A. Prior who also is the director. The acing is pretty bad, the camerawork and editing is pretty good but the action, which is the main reason that I wanted to see this, is uninspired, badly staged and just plain boring. The pacing of Rapid Fire is actually pretty good for the most part but there are recurring prolonged flashbacks and dreamsequences which is kinda annoying as it very obvious that they are there just to increase the running time. That futuristic 1980s gun would make Stallone and Schwarzenegger green of envy or perhaps not...
There are some decent squibs in this but that´s all. There is no T & A in this.
This review is based upon the region 2 DVD release from USA Home Entertainment, it´s uncut and italian language only.
Rating: 1 out of 7. Rapid Fire is a pretty bad and fails to entertain, the actionsequences (with one or two exceptions) are quite awful and boring.


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