Wednesday, May 03, 2006

"Gladiator Cop" review

Gladiator Cop (1995)

Directed by Nick Rotundo
Writing credits Nick Rotundo Paco Álvarez

Christopher Lee Clements.... Jodar
Heather Gillan.... Attractive Escort
James Hong.... Parmenion
Lorenzo Lamas.... Andrew Garrett

I bought this one from Blockbuster for three bucks. A sword is stolen from a museum. Not just any sword, Alexander the Great's sword. It's all done in the name of money. Anyone who wields the sword can't lose. So the greedy museum director bets it all on his fighter in many secret sword fights. Meanwhile, Lorenzo Lamas is a cop investigating sword deaths. Lamas is plagued by visions from long ago. Apparently he is the reincarnation of Alexander the Great. The sword is calling him. Then there is another character who wants revenge for being killed thousands of years ago. He wants his fighter Mongol to face Lamas so he can get the sword and blah blah blah...

It sounds like there is a lot going on in this movie but there isn't. Basically there are six or seven gladiator fights. Lamas isn't involved in any fighting until the end. The fight scenes are OK. They are interesting in a B-movie kind of way. You've got guys dressed in black executioner outfits, guys with S&M masks wielding gigantic battle axes etc. As a movie, it's scatterbrained and goofy. But the fights are decent. Just don't see it if you have to pay more than three bucks for it.

SCORE: 1.5 out of 4 Lamas - A man's man. A renegade. A Gladiator cop. Could kill you with one look. Lorenzo the Great wants his mighty sword. You going to go against him? Don't even try.

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