Friday, March 11, 2011
Harley Davidson And The Marlboro Man
The shooting really pissed me off. It is just so bad even by b-grade standards. I mean at one stage Rourke has a pistol with a .454 calibre, by any standards it is a canon. He accidently shoots Johnson in the arm with it and yet Johnson virtually gets up and walks away. A .454 bullet in the arm would blow it clean off!!! I mean come on!!! The guys in black light weight kevlar coats are armed with Steyr rifles and have to be the worst shots in history. They couldn't hit the side of a barn if they tried! This is the rifle that the New Zealand Army uses for god's sake!! The amount of lead they let loose with could have won a small war.
All in all the action sequences are very poor. To be sure it is an action flick and some artistic license has to be given but this stretched it too far. I just felt angry at the sheer absurditiy of it all. And with this came the inability for this a movie to be anything but rubbish. It is so disappointing because it could have been a real cracker of an actioner. It is hard to believe it has a'cult' following. Sure the bikes are great but it isn't a great 'bike' film. Neither Johnson or Rourke are convincing enough. If you want convincing then Ray Liotta in Wild Hogs at least looked like a mean bad-ass bikey. And it can't hold a candle to the ultimate bike film Easy Rider.
This movie is garbage and it flopped at he box ofice. Deservedly so. A good premise is wasted with poor acting and rubbish action scenes. It feels more like a made for television movie than one made for the big screen. But believe it or nor I would watch it again, but only if it was because hell had frozen over! Seriously though it has got a certain appeal as a b-grader and a no brain drainer for a rainy day. This is a 'watch the once to say you have seen it' movie and nothing more because.... it really is crap!! Rango didn't have to fear his boots being filled from this clanger did he?!
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