Well, we watched the 1985 action film Remo Williams, the Adventure Begins, last night and like a number of these films I’ve watched over the last few months, I find myself asking the question: why have I not seen this movie earlier.
Based on the paper back book series, The Destroyer, the film is a bout a police officer, Sam Makin (played by Fred Ward that has his death faked (without his knowledge), and is forces/recruited into a secret organization named Cure that gets justice against big shots that appear to be above the law. Sort of like an Equalizer against guys like Bernie Madoff.
Our Hero, Police Officer Sam Makin, is given a new name, Remo Williams (I laughed so hard during the scene where he gets his new name) and is sent to live with Korean martial arts master Chiun who is to teach Remo on how to be a martial arts killing machine. Chiun is a lean, mean bullet dodging machine who seams slightly racist against non Koreans. This Chiun is a great character. Remo learns the ways of ”Sinanju” despite a rushed training and is set out to take care of the antagonist George Grove, president of an arms company ripping off the Government and producing weapons that are almost as dangerous to the soldier using it. Throw in an inquisitive Major Rayner Flemming (played by Kate Mulgrew) and some bad-guy
lackeys and you have a fun film. That and a pretty cool scene that takes place on and in the Statue of Liberty.
One of the coolest things about this film is the fact that the good guy, Remo doesn’t use a gun – he uses his new found prowess in martial arts to defeat opponents that are armed.
This is something that you don’t see too often outside of Jet-Li films nowadays. There’s some star power (kind of) in the fact that Wilford Brimley as Harold Smith, leader of Cure
I say watch this film if you like action adventure films, as it really does seem fresh compared to most. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Check out the trailer here: