When a South American country steps out of line, the world calls on the MegaForce to step in and blow stuff up in this action romp from the 1980s.
The summer of 1982 was a fantastic one for big action movies that were entertaining and so strong that they resonate today. “Blade Runner” springs to mind and then there is always “Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan.” Excellent sci-fi flicks that established directors like Ridley Scott, or guaranteed the continuing life of an epic series. Trek would go on to spawn countless movies and even land back on television to spin off four more series.
Then there is “MegaForce.”
This film was the big budget bomb that vanished from theaters before most kids got to see it. That situation has been rectified on DVD and the film is back. Unfortunately, it isn’t any better, but it is still fun to watch.
The team is composed of 60 soldiers from all over the globe. They have no ranks to speak of, but they all get to rock spandex jumpsuits that leave little to the imagination and probably hurt like heck after a few days of filming in the desert.
The leader of the group is Ace Hunter. Thankfully, he has a tough name, because he looks like a Vegas lounge dancer. He sports a “Bee Gees” style beard and long locks that have been bleached and poofed out. He is played by Barry Bostwick (“Spin City”) who looks pretty uncomfortable in his unitard that makes him move awkwardly as if he was chafing like a bear.
The MegaForce operates out of a desert base that is several stories underground (perhaps out of embarrassment) and chockful of the latest high tech equipment. The team goes into action when the crazed Gen. Guerera begins crossing over international borders.
They attack Guerera by landing outside his city and storming the place on their high-tech motorcycles that are clumsily outfitted with rocket launchers and machine guns. They blow up everything in sight, only to find out they have been betrayed by the international community in a way that makes them mad but is never properly explained.
This means they must sneak up on the General’s army while their rescue planes approach from the front as a diversion. It all leads to more stuff blowing up and one of the planes getting damage before they over run Guerera’s forces, so they can get out of this movie before the lights come up and those 1980s audiences realize they have been had.
This is all quite bad, but that’s okay, because they throw a lot of money at it. The retrofitted motorcycles must have set them back the most.
The plot required four writers, but it is obvious they didn’t talk to each other. This basically consists of one long set up scene in which we meet the force and see their hideout before jumping into the action-packed ending in which it is hard to figure out what is happening.
Credit Hal Needham with the action stuff. He was an excellent stuntman who got a chance to direct the “Smokey and the Bandit” flicks before crafting this big-budget disaster.
If you like action scenes in which people you don’t care about are placed in danger for reasons you don’t understand, then I have to recommend this to you. You’ll laugh and you might even cry, but I kind of doubt you will be able to explain what just happened to whoever you force to watch it with you.
On that note have a happy New Year. I guarantee that every movie you see in 2013 will feel like a classic after having sat through “MegaForce.”
Best line: “The good guys always win. Even in the 1980s.”
1982, rated PG.