Firewalker (1986) Chuck Norris, Louis Gossett Jr., Melody Anderson, Will Sampson, Sonny Landham, John Rhys-Davies Movie Review

Firewalker (1986)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Firewalker (1986)

Chuck and the Stone

Max Donigan (Chuck Norris) and Leo Porter (Louis Gossett Jr.) are a couple of treasure hunting adventurers who are persuaded by Patricia Goodwin (Melody Anderson) to go a new adventure following a treasure map which she has. Their adventures get them in to a variety of scrapes be it with locals in a bar or evil "coyotes" but between Max and Leo they are able to deal with most issues which come their way. But when they eventually make it to the temple they come face to face with the Firewalker who does not plan to let them get the treasure.

I wish I had watched "Firewalker" back in the 80s as back then things such as storyline, believability of action and all those things I want in a movie now would not have bothered me. But as such having watched "Firewalker" for the first time some thirty plus years after it was released I have to say that whilst amusing it didn't win me over as well as it has some. And in truth it is the tongue in cheek nature of it which ends up making it entertaining rather than because of anything which happens in the story. In fact comparing it to the better known adventure movies of the 80s which this is made like the storyline is simply weak.

But as I said it is the tongue in cheek nature of "Firewalker" which entertains and that starts with the double act of Chuck Norris and Louis Gossett Jr. who certainly share good timing when it comes to the banter. But they also nicely deliver the fun of the action with Louis' Leo often being the stooge for Chuck's heroics. On the subject of which a bar room brawl scene where he kicks the butt of many men is wonderfully comical yet also shows off Norris' action skills. In fact watching this for the comical action is what it is all about now but Melody Anderson also has great comic chemistry with Norris as well.

What this all boils down to is that "Firewalker" is still entertaining thanks to all the tongue in cheek action and dialogue with Chuck Norris, Louis Gossett Jr. and Melody Anderson all playing their parts well. But the actual storyline is weak and if you want something which is interesting as well as entertaining then this might be a little weak.