Friday 27 July 2012

DVD review: Shadow Fury (2001)

After discovering a way to control the minds of cloned humans, Dr. Oh (Pat Morita) is cast away from Nova Corporation and has his license revoked, Vowing revenge on his former business partners, Dr. Oh secretly creates "Takeru"(Masakatsu Funaki), the ultimate human weapon. As the establishment attempts to fight back, Takeru is unleashed with orders to kill! Shadow Fury is written by Eric Koyanagi and Makoto Yokoyama who also is the director. The acting is bad but Sam Bottoms is hilariously bad as Mitchell Madsen and provides a lt of unintentional comedy. Its professionally shot and edited, the pace is pretty slow... There is plenty of martial arts and the choreography is nice and includes the use of wirework.The evil Nova Corporation creates a new perfect killing machine, named Kismet. As a child it´s played by Taylor Lautner, as a teenager by John Stork and by Bas Rutten as adult (he´s a clone). There are some weird lapses in continuity, character has one gun, then another and then the same gun as before. Guess they´re switching between nonfiring replicas and a blankfiring replicas. It´s violent but here is no gore in this. Only brief nudity in this.
This review is based upon the region 1 DVD release from Lions Gate Home Entertainment.
Rating: 1½ out of 7. The fights is the only thing that made Shadow Fury worth watching, the fightchoreography is good and Taylor Lautner is without a doubt the highlight of the movie, too bad that he´s in it for only a few scenes but the fightscene with him against another clone is the best in the whole movie.


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