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What utter crap! The muscle bound ape in the lead role ( a numbskull who was apparently once Grace Jones boyfriend - that figures) is clearly in love with himself which is all this narcissistic moronic movie is about. The local actors meanwhile are clearly total amateurs and only there for the cash - they look bored and disengaged most of the time which perhaps is not surprising. All in all this a childish bang bang you're dead movie without a single redeeming feature other than than the scenery. How low can movie makers sink!
One of the best action movies around, because the virtually silent protagonist just does what he does without campy useless dialogue.
The Message is relevant to all people in all places: "When your assumptions and allegiances are shown to be wicked, don't just abandon them and walk away. Fight for the new truth you've discovered." And This message is delivered without a word.
Stunning movie, everything in pictures with barely a word. The exact and polar opposite to My Dinner With Andre.
The critics can go jump off a bridge.
One of the worst movies ever! Crap acting and unbelievable plot consistent with the Universal Meatheads stable of movies and actors.
The first time I watched this was, either at my tenth or eleventh birthday party. Over a quarter of a century later and I revisited it and it certainly didn't disappoint. A glorious piece of 80's action/anti communist propaganda. Lundgren might not have had the pedigree of the decades action superstars like Stallone, Schwarzenegger, or Norris but he holds his own here. Final shot in this and line from Dolph nearly killed me.
Action-packed, very laughingly quotable Dolph Lundgren flick.
Ivan Drago is part of a joint Soviet/Czech/Cuban mission in Africa to stop an anti-communist rebel group. Ivan worms his way into the rebel group, tries to kill the leader, but fails (like he did in Rocky IV). After being lambasted by his command, he wanders the African wilderness, becoming delirious, then traitorous, suddenly joining with the cast of The Gods Must Be Crazy in order to fight the pinkos he once loved. M. Emmet Walsh adds a few curses.
A different 80's action movie setting, but it's fairly standard in how its presented.
This movie considers itself an action/adventure and it's kiss of death is it's dullness.
It was better when I was little.. It hasn't held up that image. I found it really long for an action flic with so little action..
Produced and written by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, this 80s action vehicle for Dolph Lundgren casts him as Soviet special forces soldier fighting in the middle east who, of course, decides he's fighting for the bad guys (i.e. the dirty commies). This film was at least smarter than the similar cold war action in "Rambo 3" where John Rambo goes up against the commies in Afghanistan, fighting shoulder to shoulder with the Taliban. Abramoff at least had the sense to set it in Africa and not get caught up in arab politics where allies and enemies change on a at the drop of a hat. To this film's own merits, Dolph is a solid 80s action hero, you also get the great M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting part as an American reporter, and competently directed by Joseph Zito ("The Prowler" and "Missing in Action"). It's not an 80s classic, but if you're Jonesing for some 80s style action, this is a pretty solid bit of entertainment.