Avenging Force (1986) Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, James Booth, William Wallace, John P. Ryan, Karl Johnson - movie review on The Movie Scene

Avenging Force (1986)   3/53/53/53/53/5


Steve James and Michael Dudikoff in Avenging Force (1986)

The Hunter Games

When his parents died Matt Hunter (Michael Dudikoff) retired from Military Intelligence to look after his sister, putting his passed behind him. But on a trip to see his old friend Larry Richards (Steve James), who is running for Senate, he discovers that Larry has been on the receiving end of some death threats from a right wing group who call themselves Pentangle. Using his old contacts Matt learns that these men have a penchant for hunting men for sport. But when Pentangle discover that Matt has been helping Larry and his family they target him and his little sister.

Classic Michael Dudikoff; now for some that might be a good thing and for others not so, it all depends how much you enjoy the 80s action of Golan-Globus Productions. And as I have said before, back in the 80s when "Avenging Force" was released it would have been the sort of movie I would have gone out of my way to watch as I was a teenager who like car crashes and action where one or two guys take down several despite the odds. In fact I might have even enjoyed some of the creativity in the action sequences whilst finding the whole humans hunting humans for sport aspect quite thrilling.

But I have to admit it is more than 30 years since "Avenging Force" was released and watching it now for the first time the entertainment of the action and heroics is a little corny in places. And to be honest I still found "Avenging Force" entertaining but trust me if you want an intriguing plot or even acting which doesn't make you grown or want to shout "He's behind you" then maybe you should look elsewhere. But when you have the double team of Michael Dudikoff and Steve James busting butt together and giving each other cheesy nods and thumbs ups much of what I want in a movie doesn't seem to matter as much.

What this all boils down to is that "Avenging Force" is exactly what you expect from a movie starring Michael Dudikoff and Steve James from the 80s, fast action, some cheesy buddy stuff and a simple plot which is just a vehicle for that action.


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