The Octagon Reviews
I mean this film is basically worth watching for yucks only. There are some incredible unintentional laughs (ie Chucks inner monologue (that appears an absurd amount) posseses an echoey whisper to it that just kills me). I never realised how gentle souled Chuck seems either. Plus, in 2008, the presence of ninjas in a film is just ridiculous.
This sucker was a hoot, but I know I didn't miss much with the lack of Norris in my childhood.
P.S. The joke that Chuck has no chin, that under his beard is just another fist, is sadly debunked in this film as he only has a creepy mustache.
Pass, unless you have buddies to poke fun at it with, or you are more of a fan than I appear to be.
If they could make "The Octagon" more like a B-movie and lessen the seriousness of things, it could at least be better.
"They wern't terrorists, they were ninja."-Scott James (Chuck Norris)
Ninjas are cool, I some day wish to become a master ninja, but I dislike ninjas who can be taken down it two moves or be shot.
Scott James has experienced an array of tragic events in his history that have left him disconnected from society and a bit eccentric. Scott is an expert martial artist and protects a female from a group of terrorist ninjas that are hell bent on spreading across the globe. When Scott discovers the ninjas are lead by two individuals that helped ruin his life, he will stop at nothing to bring them down.
"I'd like to believe you."
Eric Karson, director of Opposing Force, Black Eagle, and Angel Town, delivers The Octagon. The storyline for this picture is awful as the hero seems to be a schizophrenic, former military, former martial artists, and current terrorist expert. I'm not sure what direction this film was heading. The script was atrocious and so was the acting. The cast includes Chuck Norris, Lee Van Cleef, Karen Carlson, Art Hindle, and Richard Norton.
"Are you less than inspirational?"
The Octagon was a film I came across while looking for Lee Van Cleef movies. I couldn't believe he starred in a picture with Chuck Norris so I had to see it. After watching this; actually, I didn't need to see this. The inner monologue was hilarious at first but a bit tedious as the picture dragged on. The plot was painful and the acting was dreadful; however, the action scenes were better than average and worthwhile. Overall, skip this picture unless you are a huge Chuck Norris fan...and even then I still might recommend skipping this.
"Have you hugged your rifle today?"
(1980) The Octagon
Chuck Norris as Scott sent to some camp to infiltrate a band of ninjas! Lee Van Cleef also stars!
The movie has potential to become a great martial arts/ action film with somewhat of a bigger budget which is a slight improvement than his other efforts professional martial artist Chuck Norris had done such as "Forced Vengeance" and "Silent Rage"! Best described as a good looking picture that has potential to become better!
2.5 out of 4