Prey of the Jaguar (1997)





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In this action-adventure, former Special Operations agent Derek Leigh seeks revenge on the fugitive convicts who killed his family. Leigh dons a costume and arms himself with darts dipped in a sleeping potion. The Jaguar then sets off, leaving a trail of dart-covered sleeping bodies.
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Hit Entertainment


Maxwell Caulfield
as Derek Leigh
Linda Blair
as Lt. Cody Johnson
Stacy Keach
as The Commander
Trevor Goddard
as Damien Bandera
Paul Regina
as Bentley
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Seemingly what you would get if you gave seasoned professionals the task of making an 10-year old, action-film-watching child's fantasy into a real movie fashioned after 1980's b-grade action, "Prey of the Jaguar" is quirky, fun, and intentionally hilarious. There's a tepid martial arts quality to the fight scenes. The acting seems deliberately cheesy from beginning to end, with the exception of a tender father-son scene that's too realistic and too irreverent of being on camera to be good Hollywood dialogue. If you're looking for strong camera work, get in line: the camera man is stationary the entire film, so get in the mood for lots of zoom, with plenty of pan, tilt, and some pretty wacky rotation thrown in. There are some funny, larger-than-life supporting characters that provide decent comic relief. The director's skill starts to really show in the scenes depicting the mental breakdown and re-invention of the main character as The Jaguar, after which out come some high quality sets and props, some decent special effects and colorful lighting, and one memorable costume. The clean body, clean mind, "regular hero" theme ties in well with the Tai Chi Kung Fu master-lineage story channeled by John Fujioka in a bit role.

Gabriel Arthur Petrie
Gabriel Arthur Petrie

A descent movie, could have been better on the writting but it was good anyways for a low budget movie. Wish they would have made a sequel to it.

Anthony Petry III
Anthony Petry III

In this hilariously absurd direct-to-video 90's actioner, imprisoned drug-lord Trevor Goddard (whom I'll always remember as Kano from the Mortal Kombat film. Also, I had no clue he died in 2003, which makes me sad) escapes in a deadly breakout and is eager to resume his drug empire, as well as destroy retired Special Ops agent Maxwell Caulfield. In the middle of enjoying his new secret life as a construction worker alongside his beatuiful (and pregnant) wife and charming superhero-obsessed son, his life is crushed as Goddard and his goons kill the entire family, his co-workers, and presumably Caulfield himself. Filled with hatred and vengeance, Caulfield goes back into training, enlisting the help of fellow former Ops guy Paul Bartel, a toymaker who also has every weapon imaginable (lol), his former sensai, and cop Linda Blair. All of this in order to become one of his son's imagined superheroes, the Jaguar. Soon, the Jaguar starts dishing out crime-fighting, low budget, 90's action in this hilariously campy and extremely corny film directed by usually horror-focused director David DeCoteau. Stacey Keach also shows up briefly as Caulfield's former boss. With an eclectic cast of B-movie icons, one would think this would be fun and entertaining in a good sense, but ultimately, the film becomes fun and entertaining in a much different way. Loads of lol moments of campy and all around corniness. Lots of 90's action aesthetics, including random kung-fu, lots of neck breaking, and laughable dialog. Good for a laugh, nothing more.

Jason Duron
Jason Duron

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