You know, I watched this movie back in 1991 or 1992 and remember being very disappointed with it. Well, I used to drink and I’ll chalk up my original opinion to that fact, because after just watching it again, I am pleasantly surprised on how much better a movie it seems to me now.
Toy Soldiers tells the tale of a group of students at a boarding school that are taken hostage by the son of the Colombian Cali Cartel’s leader after his father is captured and extradited to the United States for prosecution. Demanding the release of the Cartel leader or they will start executing the students, the terrorists quickly get control of the school and booby trap it against an incursion. A small group of students , led by Billy Tepper (played by Sean Astin) and Joey Trotta (played by Wil Wheaton) decide to try and fight back by collecting information on the terrorists and getting that information to the authorities on the other side of the school’s walls. Using that information, the authotites decide to move in, but only after The Dean, Edward Parker (played by Lou Gossett Jr.) convinces the military that Billy Tepper can be trusted.
This is an action packed movie with plenty of drama and suspense. Not an award winner or anything, but still a solid film. Like I stated at the beginning of this write up, I didn’t even like this movie when I first saw it, but I am glad I gave it a second chance.
Check out the trailer here:
Peter Jackson… You know the, the guy that made Lord of the Rings – that guy made this movie. Wow… just wow.
Released in 1987 in New Zealand, this film is probably best described as a cult horror/science fiction film. Low budget, this is Peter Jackson’s first full length feature film. The effects are done by Jackson himself who also stars in the film on screen.
Basically, a New Zealand town’s residents all disappeared and a team of 4 paramilitary/anti-alien fighters are sent to root out the danger.
Turns out the dangers are aliens disguised as humans, who have packaged up the residents of the town as meat for the intergalactic fast food market. Our heroes must defeat the aliens and stop the slaughter.
As stated, this is a low budget film that I read took about 4 years to complete (due to the stated low budget). It definitely feels low budget, but don’t let that stop you: Peter Jackson created an interesting and original, if gross film here. gore and humour interspersed, if you are not easily grossed out, and actually enjoy the kind of movies I write about on this blog, then you might like this. It definitely is interesting to see the expanse of Peter Jackson’s film making skills when you compare this to the Lord of the Rings trilogy that the rest of the World knows him for.
Definitely recommending this one – to those without a weak stomach. Check out the trailer here: