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Friday, 5 June 2015

Red Scorpion (1988)

Rocky IV (1985) made Dolph a Russian in the minds of movie-goers. In the minds of producers, too, it seems. In RS they gave him the most Russian name ever: Nikolai Petrovitch Radchenko. He’s a Soviet Spetsnaz agent made from Russian steel, sent into Africa on a solo mission by KGB superiors to kill an anti-Communist revolutionary. As you’d expect, after he arrives there’s gunplay and explosions, but during the quiet times the story delivers a few things that you don’t often see in the action movie genre. Those emotional moments (really!) coupled with one of the best performances I've ever seen from Dolph make the film a hell of a lot more watchable than many other 80s actioners.

3 very large pins out of 5

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