Lots of stocking stuffers hit the shelves this week which included a huge present for baby boomers wondering what happened to ‘the Destroyer.”
MINIONS – Fans of the ‘Despicable Me” films will enjoy this showcase for his yellow hued helpers. Here the main minions(Stuart, Kevin, and Bob) are followed as they take a job with another evil scientist, Scarlett Overkill(voiced by Sandra Bullock). Lots of laughs ensue as the nasty villainess puts the minions through their paces. Think of ‘Madagascar’s Penguins” without an intelligible language.
ANT-MAN – The latest Marvel Comics movie focuses on a super suit which lends the wearer the ability to shrink to microscopic sizes while enhancing strength. An added bonus is the ability to control those mighty picnic wreckers as well. The film follows inventor Hank Pym(Michael Douglas) as he recruits a thief(Paul Rudd) to break into his old company and steal tech from an evil shareholder/protégé. Fun stuff that includes a bonus scene during the credits which offers a moment with two other Marvel heroes.
KNOCK-KNOCK – A married man gets the house to himself one weekend and is surprised when two flirtatious young ladies stop by for aid after reporting their car broke down. Turns out these ladies are up for some fun and games but these gigs get deadlier as the night progresses. A decent remake of “Death Game,” that is well orchestrated by director by Eli ‘Hostel’ Roth. Suffice to say this guy gets in way over his head.
REMO WILLIAMS:THE ADVENTURE BEGINS – Finally back on DVD. This is an excellent adaptation of the “Destroyer” series of books ,by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir. Fred Ward stars as a New York cop who is apparently killed . Turns out he has just been recruited by a secret agency that answers only to the President. His new job is to survive being trained by a master of the Korean art of Shinanju, by Master Chiunn(a marvelous Joel Grey under convincing make-up). If he makes it through the rigorous training he will be unleashed on problems facing the United States. Think of him as the final option . One who has a license to kill because, legally, he no longer exists.
Great stuff with hair raising stunts, awesome training sequences, and hilarious comic repartee between Ward and Grey. Should have gone on to become a series (the leads are still alive and kicking and there were over a hundred novels to play with)but MGM blew it.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.