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Classic. Yall trippin. R.i.P. the beautiful Vanity
Totally bonkers from the word "go," the movie is so tonally disarranged and so narratively ludicrous that it becomes impossible to guess where things are going next-unpredictable, but not incompetent or unclear. Though I won't say the filmmakers "deftly" mix comedy with action, both are so cartoonish and over-the-top (and all-over-the-place) that the tones bleed into one another even as they feel disharmonious. Whatever its faults, the movie is energetic and unapologetically absurd, stylistically somewhere between 007 (just look at the poster), 70s blaxploitation, and 80s cop comedies-baby, that's one hell of a stew you got going.
Here we have Carl Weathers and Craig T. Nelson, stalwarts of 80s action flicks, going head to head as a Detroit police officer, Jericho Jackson, and a devious industrialist. Carl Weathers must save the industrialist's mistress (Vanity) from a drug-smuggling plot and kicks it into high gear by kicking ass and taking names later. The action scenes are quite good; however, the plot is utterly pointless. Watch for Sharon Stone as the ill-fated wife of Nelson's character. A true over-the-top 80s genre staple that doesn't provide anything we haven't seen before.
Four stars hands down.
I found this to be just awful. It had potential, but it never really grabbed hold of my attention. I would certainly recommend that you skip this one.
Lol. I did not expect to enjoy this one so much. Action Jackson is the epitome of comic, shut-your-brain-off, '80s, action... and it's fun as hell. It's Apollo VS Coach!
Detroit Michigan Police Detective Sergeant Jericho Jackson (Carl Weathers), known locally as "Action Jackson", was a celebrated lieutenant in the police force but demoted (nearly two years prior) because of a case he headed involving the criminal son of successful businessman Peter Anthony Dellaplane (Craig T. Nelson). The fall out over the case also collapsed Jackson's marriage and put the law school educated, star athlete and hometown hero at odds with the public. Even after his demotion, Jackson's continued interest leads to conflicts with his commander, Captain Earl Armbruster (Bill Duke), but he begins investigating Dellaplane's professional exploits, eventually uncovering the string of murdered trade union members connected to Dellaplane's company. He discovers Dellaplane is secretly maneuvering his way into a "behind the throne" seat of power and has been using the group of assassins, dubbed The Invisible Men, to kill uncooperative union officials. Jackson is then assisted by Dellaplane's mistress, Sydney Ash (Vanity), a local lounge singer and heroin addict whom the businessman has assisted financially. He is eventually framed for murdering Dellaplane's wife Patrice (Sharon Stone) (killed by her Dellaplane after she discovers his plot and goes to Jackson for help). On the run from the police, Jackson is helped by friends from his old neighborhood, kid Sable, a local hotel owner and retired professional boxer, and Dee, a lively local hairdresser (and gossip informant) who gives Jackson a way to discreetly get to Dellaplane...
This is just a classic formulaic and stereotypical 80s actioneer with everything you´d expect, but it´s also an attempt to revive the blaxploitation genre during the 80s, which obviously failed. Carl Weathers said he hoped the film would become a franchise "but Lorimar sold the lot to Sony and sold the library to Warner Bros., and that was that. It never resurfaced again, unfortunately." The action is over the top and "I can see the stuntman" bad, the acting very standard (even if the ensemble of actors/actresses contains all sorts of known names), the action hero is portrayed as a superhuman and the script is very mediocre. Why did I re-see this trashy 80s action movie? Well, I still got my massive teen crush on Vanity and that will never fade away. Yes, hardly a fantastic actress, but that charisma, looks, moves, voice and presence gets me every time. Every time after so many years. And that was the only reason I did re-see "Action Jackson". And that is pretty much the only reason to see it at all...
There hasn't been any pussy at your house since your mother helped you move in.
A corrupt business man has a grudge against former Lieutenant Action Jackson after his son was busted for sexually assaulting children. The incident led to Jackson being demoted. Jackson and the businessman run in some of the same circles, especially when it comes to women. When Jackson discovers the businessman is abusing some of his favorite dames, he springs into action for both revenge and justice.
"Have you ever had your head forcibly rammed up your ass?"
"Well, mark your calendar...that day is coming."
Craig Baxley, director of Twilight Man, Stone Cold, Bad Day on the Block, Sniper 2, The Glow, Twisted Desire, Revenge on the Highway, and Deconstructing Sarah, delivers Action Jackson. The storyline for this picture is just okay but contains some unique characters and character interactions that make this worth a viewing. The acting is cliché action genre and the cast includes Carl Weathers, Sharon Stone, Vanity, Craig Nelson, Bill Duke, Robert Davi, and Bob Minor.
"You nearly tore that boy's arm off..."
"So? He had a spare."
I must have watched this one hundred times as a kid as this was another film that was always on cable/HBO when I was a kid. This is very average and cliché but contains some great one-liners and action sequences. The film is a very mediocre action genre addition, but is a "so bad it is good" action picture for diehard fans of the genre.
"If that's for me don't answer it."
This may be the most stereotypical 80s cop action film (think Beverly Hills Cop, Lethal Weapon, 48 Hours). All the tropes are present here: a cop with relationship problems and a temper has a boss who wants to rein him in despite being close to breaking a case. Coach plays the stereotypical sleazeball bad guy. The Black copper takes down an evil White capitalist in the over-the-top style popular in films of the genre and time. Vanity was hot. Apollo Creed as a BAMF was cool to see, and I'd love to take acting lessons from him. I wish he would have ran for governor.
Easily one of the best action films of the 80s. Legendary actor Carl Weathers stars as Jericho "Action" Jackson, a cop who is investigating a corrupt Detroit industrialist when Sharon Stone shows up and Vanity sings a song or two. Like scenes involving testicles in jars with a strong Jesus message? This film is the one you're looking for!