A secret organization has a cop officially declared dead so that he can be recruited into their organization and renamed Remo Williams. The organization, which consists of Conn and Harold and now Remo, is essentially an autonomous assassination group providing security for the country. After being recruited Remo is trained by Chiun in the martial arts for assassinations.
Fred Ward (Remo Williams), Joel Grey (Chiun), Wilford Brimley (Harold Smith), Kate Mulgrew (Maj. Rayner Fleming), Patrick Kilpatrick (Stone), J.A. Preston (Conn MacCleary).
The plot of this film is apparently from a pulp fiction series called ‘The Destroyer’. A simple description of this movie is Fun. Although the plot is somewhat dark and serious, the movie is light and silly, even during the butt-kicking action scenes and is a good sample of 80’s action films. You just never know with this one if there will be drama, action, or comedy. Although the film is showing some age at this point it is still good casual fun that doesn’t require much from the audience.
Ward does a good job of overacting in this one, flipping between happy, silly, and serious but at the same time the chemistry between him and Grey is wonderful. Grey does a great job as Chiun, the Korean Sinanju Master, and teacher to Remo with good bits of humor between them both. Mulgrew also did a good job and Kilpatrick was interesting as the terminally angry and menacing henchman.
Special effects were well done but nothing exciting by standards today. Camera work and sets were both good, particularly scenes on the statue of liberty. Dialogue was both corny and serious which would be expected in a film like this. The soundtrack was low budget and even annoying in some parts.
Fans of older films, dry campy comedy, or Fred Ward will enjoy this the most while others may find it sillier than they can handle. If you like 80’s action films put this one about middle of your Must See list.
Some violence but no nudity or foul language so this one should be fine for younger teens and above.
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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