McBain

A coma-inducing macho-fantasy action movie, with Christopher Walken as Robert McBain, a Vietnam vet and former P.O.W. who masterminds the overthrow of the drug-running Colombian government to repay the soldier who saved his life in ‘Nam. (Sounds a bit like The Exterminator, an earlier piece of shit by James Glickenhaus.) Lots of vehicles and huts blow up while Walken stands around in a white hat and underacts, stuck in a role any fifth-rate direct-to-video action hunk could have scowled through. Maria Conchita Alonso is also wasted as the gun-toting leader of the Colombian revolution. The scene in which Walken responds to Alonso’s sad tale of torture and oppression by relating a whimsical anecdote about Woodstock has to be seen to be disbelieved. There are also more illogical, improbable, and downright shitheaded moments than in most films in this degraded genre. Barely released in theaters, and with good reason; recommended only to hardcore Walken completists, and even then with caution. I wouldn’t be surprised if Quentin Tarantino liked it, though. With Michael Ironside, Steve Jones, T.C. Waites, and Jay O. Patterson. Not to be confused with the occasional McBain movie clips you see on The Simpsons, which are intentionally bad and also more entertaining. Glickenhaus was back in 1994 with Slaughter of the Innocents.

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