Tuesday 25 September 2012

DVD review: American Eagle (1989)

Twenty years ago, Vietnam turned three American boys into men, but amidst the horror Johnny Burke (Vernon Wells) cracked. When his friends, Max (Asher Brauner) and Rudy (Robert F. Lyons), stop him from torturing an innocent Cambodian girl, he wheels on them and, aflame with hatred, vows vengeance. Now, two decades later, Johnny Burke´s day has come. he masterminds the kidnapping of Rudy´s beautiful sister, Angela, and six other gorgeous models from a sleepy tropical town. Rudy calls Max, now a CIA mercenenary exhausted with death, and togheter they follow a blood-bathed trail into the heart of a madman´s cunning revenge. American Eagle is written by Asher Brauner and is directed by Robert J. Smawley. The acting is pretty decent, Vernon Wells plays another bad guy (a role he´s played in several movies) and does a good job. The camerawork and editing is good. The action-sequences are uneven. There´s no gore in this except for squibs when peple get shot. There is no T & A in this.
This review is based upon the region 1 DVD release from Platinum Disc.
Rating: 4½ out of 7. This could easily have been a prequel or a sequel to the similar themed Merchants Of War (also written and starring Asher Brauner) that came before it but it is not eventhough it seems to have been released as Part 2 to that movie in Germany. If compared American Eagle has a better plot, better acting and is just plain better...


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