John Tucker is the notoriously feared leader of the Civilian Operated Police State, a ruthless band of bounty hunters formed to restore order in a city overrun with crime. In the name of the law, and armed with an arsenal of weapons, he will stop at nothing to capture each bounty. But when corruption is exposed within the C.O.P.S. organization--instead of upholding the law--John Tucker will be forced to fight it.
Directed by: David A. Prior
. Starring: David Carradine
, Robert Tessier
, Anna Rapagna
, William Zipp
, Patrick Culliton
, Dawn Wildsmith
, D.C. Douglas
, Kimberley Casey
, August Winters
, John Cianetti
, Brian Edward O'Connor
, Don Scribner
, Blair Presser
. Music by: Tim James
, Mark Mancina
, Steve McClintock
A quick look at the pictures could already give you an idea about the quality, or lack thereof, of this movie. But make no mistake, this is one of the most entertaining flicks ever made for a lot of reasons
Futuristic cop, I mean C.O.P. John Tucker, the legendary David Carradine, sweeps the mean streets of a crime infested LA with no big troubles whatsoever. It's just daily routine to him, the best gunman in the city. But when Marion Sims, a brave reporter (Anna Rapagna before her breakthrough in Hollywood) publicly accuses Jason Adams (William Zipp), powerful businessman and head of C.O.P.S. (the bounty-based private law enforcement corp Tucker works for) of being a criminal, she's immediately marked as "traitor" and finds all the money hungry C.O.P.S. chasing her. Tucker finds her first, and it becomes the two of them versus ALL of them.
that's for the summary, I don't want to spoil no more for you because you have to watch this movie. You. Have. To. Directed by David Prior, a man who's quite gotten a hand for action, this movie opens with David Carradine against two nasty criminals Mano a Mano. First thing you'll realize is the fact the future LA looks suspiciously similar to the 1990 LA. In fact, even 1985 circa LA. I believe the authors went for the cheap "Let's make it a not too distant future in which the men have become like cowboys, style and fashion are things of the past, and nostalgia really kicks in big time" which is the poorest excuse for trying to hide a dangerously low budget. Next thing you'll think is "Hold on, is Carradine that fat for real?". Yeah, he is. He sports a supreme beer belly with perfect aplomb here, not even joking about the fact he's out of shape. He's really convinced he's menacious looking. After a quick series of badly choreographed moves, delivered as slowly as possible by lumpy David, we're introduced to movie's biggest feature: the power glove. It's not the Nintendo one, but it's possibly even lamer. When Carradine wears it, it releases a stream of superimposed blue intersected lines Prior wants us to think it's electricity. Oh well. Then the two criminals want to run, but not before they run over our man with their crappy car. Bad idea. Tucker makes quick work of the guys, and shoots a beam which flips their car upside down. And that's just the first five minutes!
Billy, played with - I must admit - some honest effort by DC Douglas, is the wheelchair-bound tech whiz. Billy spends his life surrounded by computers and keyboards, and gives Tucker all the info he needs to cash the bounty in before the other C.O.P.S.
then we have Jason Adams, superbly played by William Zipp, enjoying his criminal life when Channel-3 reporter Marion Sims (Anna Rapagna, who's quite cute) tells everyone he's a bad bad man. Adams loses his temper and sends his best man Becker (hunky Robert Tessier) to put..a zip on her mouth, possibly forever. After this intense prelude all you get is car chase after car chase, Tucker gunning down every single C.O.P. with no effort whatsoever, Adams dead, Becker dead, Tucker's quasi girlfriend Roxanne dead, Billy dead
funniest moments: I'd like to say the whole movie's a big laugh, and indeed it is. But just to satisfy your curiosity: the sound effects are comically poor. When Tucker grabs the two guys' car at the beginning with the PG, they floor the accelerator and wheels spin like mad. The sound they produce is 100% the same from The Flintstones, when Fred uses his feet as brakes. Or when Becker suddenly pulls his gun to assassinate Father Grimes' bodyguard, its identical to the SCHLOCK sound you make when you open a jar of marmalade. Acting is miserable. Carradine's undoubtedly drunk most of the time, and he moves as slow as my grandpa after the last stroke. If I ever seen a shabby human being, that's Dave in this flick. Plot doesn't make any sense. Tucker rescues Marion and finds out all the C.O.P.S. are on fire trying to find and kill them. Then he goes to the only bar every C.O.P hangs in and obviously everyone wants to kill him. Why the hell does he go there then? Adams orders Becker to slap a bounty on Marion's head, and watches his henchman typing and tapping on his PC for two minutes. Then he tells him he wants to take care of it "personally". Then why does he let Becker write it down if he wants to do it alone? Becker watches Roxanne letting Tucker go, since she loves him (she must be blind), then he kills Roxanne after telling her she's a sentimental beep. It would have been logical to kill Tucker instead of waiting for Roxanne and kill her..who cares about her? But no, Becker is a precise guy and wants to discuss Roxanne's behavior first
-and let's not forget the PG's remote, which has ONE button but can do a variety of things like send the glove wherever you want it to fly, punch, grab, hold, strangle, shoot and so on. Conversations that go like "Becker you're head of security, how could it happen?" "I checked the offices 2424, trust me its a bluff"" Then what's on that tape?" "Well nothing" answers the confused Becker
paraplegic Billy being shot down and suddenly raising his legs like an acrobat before dying, the multitude of Z-costars, Tucker shooting through a cardboard TV, Carradine's too tight jeans and so on.
In a word: awesome. Get a VCR and the VHS, you're going to laugh for a long, long time.
Review by maris1 from the Internet Movie Database.