The Delta Force (1986) Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin, Martin Balsam, Joey Bishop, Robert Forster, Lainie Kazan, George Kennedy Movie Review

The Delta Force (1986)   3/53/53/53/53/5

The Delta Force (1986)

Chuck Terrorists off the Plane

When two terrorists hijack a commercial flight heading to Rome but redirected by the terrorists to Beirut, the Delta Force commanded by Colonel Nick Alexander (Lee Marvin) and Major McCoy (Chuck Norris) are assigned the mission to take control of the situation. But they discover it is not going to be as simple as they planned as not only does the plane head to Algiers before returning to Beirut but more terrorists board the plane making it doubly difficult for are heroes.

Ignoring for a moment that "The Delta Force" is a Golan-Globus Production, I know that is very hard to do and just focus on the storyline and you have a reasonable idea for an action movie. Part of the reason for that comes from the initial set up which tries to emulate the disaster movies of the 70s as we are introduced to various passengers on the doomed flight. And like with those disaster movies "The Delta Force" certainly features a few famous faces showing up in the roles of the passengers. Although some of the ideas in this first half, such as the terrorists forcing a German flight attendant to separate the Jewish passengers passports from the others is a little bit too on the head.

But then as I said "The Delta Force" is a Golan-Globus Production and as such what we get after the semi decent set up is heralded by some triumphant synth music as are indestructible American heroes come in to save the day and kick the bad guy's butts. And the annoying thing is that whilst the action is ridiculously over the top, and basically too triumphant, it is entertaining but does a disservice to Chuck Norris and some of the actors by being too over the top. In the simplest of ways "The Delta Force" could have been a decent action movie, an update on those 70s action and disaster movies but ends up over the top because of the sort of stuff which they would throw in to a Golan-Globus Production whilst making the characters unbelievably heroic and indestructible.

What this all boils down to is that "The Delta Force" is a movie of two halves with a semi dramatic build up which is reminiscent of the disaster movies of the 70s. But the second half is then dominated by the over the top action you would get from a Golan-Globus Production which whilst entertaining is now a bit too cheesy.