Eye of the Tiger Reviews
A better than expected 1980's mid-budget action movie. Gary Busey really is more than good in this, as he is a decent actor that could and should have been a much bigger star. The movie is as simple as milk and cornflakes, but very watchable throughout, and the really silly elements (the super high-tech, James Bond style pick-up truck being the best) make the movie even more fun to watch, despite the tragic and quite dark things that happen on screen. Overall this is a largely forgotten little gem that's worth tracking down.
It does use the awesome song (a bit too much) and like I said Busey was cool but to be honest his home was raided by bikers who killed his wife in front of his infant daughter who in turn became somewhat catatonic, he didn't actually seem that angry. If this was done today it'd be a bloodbath movie, yeah he kills a few of them but damn surely you'd be angrier than he was! There wasn't even a scene where he broke down or cried etc it was pretty emotionless. Maybe that was the point, he was an ex con and a Vietnam vet so maybe he'd become a bit jaded I don't know but seriously you'd be angrier. I was hoping to see more of his Tony Montana style cell mate but sadly we on;y see him at the start.
But this film's failure doesn't rest solely on his shoulders as everything about this reeks of blandness. The script is weak, as are all of the characters. In order for any action movie to be successful, it needs a good villain, and once again this forgettable flick drops the ball. The biker gang here, led by a duller-than-usual William Smith is more laughable than menacing. Why they chose to terrorize this vacant wasteland of a town is a complete mystery. Busey doesn't even really seem to mind when they murder his wife, even going as far as to hit on the nurse in the hospital right after her death.
And despite the film's lack of originality, it does feature some odd and laughably bad murder scenes, such as the death by overdose and the infamous dynamite stick up the ass. If only the screenwriters had that much imagination with the rest of "Eye of the Tiger". That badass truck might have given K.I.T.T. an inferiority complex back in the day, but today, it's just as silly as everything else in this lame revenge flick.
this movie was so awful it's funny. i wish i could give it a negative star
Buck Matthews has recently been released from jail and returned to his home town. Buck has no further ambition than to live with his wife, raise his daughter, and work a simple job that allows him to make ends meet. Buck quickly discovers that the small town has big city problems including drug trafficking and biker gangs. The problem lands on his front door when his wife is killed and his daughter is hospitalized by the bikers. Buck will seek revenge on those responsible for ruining his family.
?I know I look sharp.?
Richard Sarafian, director of Street Justice, The Next Man, A Killing Affair, Gangster Wars, The African Queen, Sunburn, and Andy, delivers Eye of the Tiger. The storyline for this picture is a bit uninventive and on par with subpar action films from the 80s. Sarafian seemed to rely more on the popular 80s songs to make this film work rather than having a reliable premise. Gary Busey delivered his role well, but it wasn?t enough to make the film work.
?You?re already dead.?
Eye of the Tiger aired on the Extreme Action Channel this morning and I decided to watch this since I had never heard of it and Gary Busey was pretty bad ass in the 80s (Lethal Weapon). However, the film turned out to be as cheesy as the title (like most things from the 80s). Nevertheless, I recommend skipping this film even if you are an action genre junky like me.
?Where do you go to surrender??