Sunday, October 6, 2013

1985 - REMO WILLIAMS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS, and apparently ended with this film


An attempt to star a new film franchise based on a crummy paperback book series called The Destroyer, some of which I have read.  Remo Williams is a former marine and New York City cop whose death is faked so he can become a member of a secret spy agency called CURE.  Remo is retrained in the martial arts by a Korean master called Chiun.  He then goes on a lame spy mission to stop an arms manufacturer from selling defective weapons to the military. 

The film was written and directed by a couple of James Bond veterans.  Christopher Wood had written The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.  Guy Hamilton had directed Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die and The Man With The Golden Gun.  These guys should have been able to juice this film up a bit but the whole thing seems a little tired. 


Fred Ward played the lead Remo Williams although he seems a little to rough to be an action hero.  Joel Grey the musical comedy star is the real show in this film as Chiun the martial arts character who trains Williams.  Chiun is probably the most interesting character in the film, teaching Williams to dodge bullets while watching American soap operas. 

The action set pieces are OK with lots of stunt men dangling from high places but nothing really spectacular.  The film does have a sense of humor and clearly none of it was to be taken seriously, it's just nothing special.  I've seen worse.

121 minutes

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