Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Delta Force (1986)

Director: Menahem Golan. Cast: Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin, Martin Balsam, Robert Forster, George Kennedy, Robert Vaughn, Shelley Winters. 125 min. Rated R. USA/Israel. Action.

In all fairness. every sub-genre has its first walking steps, and for every terror hijacking masterpiece like United 93, you need a movie like ... Delta Force? No, no. no. This ludicrous movie is beyond any justification. Even by Rambo-driven 80's standards, a movie where every bad guy is either stupid or ugly (man, they're ugly!), and every plot-hole is impossible even by sci-fi extremes, is worthy of a "Mystery Science Theater 3000" session. I was smiling throughout, and 48 hours on, the horrendous soundtrack of its good composer, Alan Silvestri, has become my earworm. The sacrifices we make for movies.

PS: Check out Ebert's review. He points out the movie's numerous stupidities, but then sheds a positive light on each, and gives the movie three stars. In his autobiography, Ebert claims he gave a film a positive review at the request of its producers on only one occasion (Robert Altman's last film). I think it happened more than once.

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    1. The worst kind. Still, I recognized Robert Forster as the Arab terrorist after the fact.