Terminal Justice (1996)
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Lamas is especially meatheady in this one, almost to Evan Lurie levels. But we've yet to see Lurie display the type of emotion Lamas does here, he even cries, showing that he has a sensitive side and isn't all long hair and comically over-sized bathrobes. His new partner, played by Thawley, is sort of a hybrid Keanu Reeves/Don The Dragon/Jerkface, who starts off as arrogant and unlikable, but you sort of come around. Kudos to Thawley for bringing us along on his character's arc. Connecticut's own Kari Wuhrer has never looked better, and though fans know her as Kari Wuhrer, for this movie she took her current husband's surname and is credited as Kari Salin. Who did she think she was fooling? Regardless, it remains one of Salin's best roles to date. She even has a talking house (in this case named Ludmilla), much like Ed Marinaro did in The Protector (1999). It should only be a matter of time until we all get our own talking houses.
Director Rick King, who brought us Prayer for the Rollerboys (1990), as well as arguably the best Kickboxer movie, Kickboxer 3: The Art of War (1992) - which singlehandedly saved that series from going into the doldrums - here delivers an unfortunately junky-looking final product. That it's another "shot in Canada but we're going to pretend it's somewhere else" production is one thing, but the constant close-ups don't really do the movie any favors either. But there is some energy and ideas, which is good, but the fact that it was released as a Platinum disc doesn't bode well for potential viewers. At least he started the movie on an exciting note, with Lamas shooting a machine gun and screaming - and later got into talking about things going "online" with illegal VR games and such.
Despite some of the typical DTV pitfalls, Terminal Justice isn't that bad. It can proudly stand with all the other Terminal movies of the 90's.
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