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Last Man Standing  (1995)  -  5/10


Direct-to-video action flick starring Jeff Wincott as LAPD detective Kurt Bellmore. When he arrests bank robber Snake Underwood (Jonathan Fuller), Bellmore stumbles into a web of police corruption that goes to the top, forcing our hero to go rogue to bring down the bad guys. With Jonathan Banks, Jillian McWhirter, Ava Fabian, Robert LaSardo, Steve Eastin, and Michael Greene. This is the kind of movie that showed up on video several times every week in the mid-90's. Canadian martial artist Wincott became a minor B-movie star by featuring in several of them. There's a lengthy vehicle chase scene in the middle of the movie that looks a lot more expensive and elaborately staged than I would have thought they could pull off at this budget, but they do. Not to be confused with the 1996 Bruce Willis film of the same title.



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Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019)  -  4/10


Terrible action flick starring Sylvester Stallone as Ray Breslin, veteran escapologist and penitentiary and security expert. The deranged son (Devon Sawa) of Breslin's deceased ex-partner kidnaps a Hong Kong executive's daughter in order to lure Breslin into a revenge scheme to destroy him once and for all. With Dave Bautista, 50 Cent, Jaime King, Russell Wong, Daniel Bernhardt, and Jin Zhang.

This is the third part in the series. The first film wasn't terrible, but the second film was a complete trainwreck, marred by budget issues and production delays. This third installment was rushed into production at the behest of the Chinese backers who salvaged the second film from bankruptcy, and it features several Chinese characters who seem to be operating in their own separate film. The end result is only slightly better than part 2, but it's still atrocious, and worth avoiding.

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