Monday, 19 December 2011
DVD review: Troma's War (1988)
A small group of typical Tromaville citizens find themselves in the path of a terrorist army controlled by the power elite. The freedom of Tromaville and the world is at stake! Troma's War creates new kinds of heroes. A used car salesman, a handsome environmentalist, an obese junk-food gourmand, a seventy-year-old housewife, some sensational young women, a year old jingoistic baby and more sensational women all become deadly soldiers... Troma's War is directed by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz and it´s a a entertaining low budget parody of films like Invasion USA and Delta Force with Chuck Norris which were popular in the 1980s. In Troma's War you get exaggerated patriotism, ridiculous dialogue, nudity, incredibly cheesy sex, lots of cheesy special fx, bad taste, piss poor acting, a lot of hilarious characters, bad camera work, badly constructed action, scenes that randomly shifts between day and night (happens at the beginning of the film) but most of this are things that you should reckon with when viewing a film from Troma. There is a total lack of suspense or atmosphere in the film and the action almost immediately becomes repetitive and becomes tiresome. The film is over 2 hours long which in my opinion is way to long.
There are some really crazy and enjoyable characters in the film, I´m especially fond of Parker (a vietnam veteran who quickly goes into combat mode, starts killing terrorists and collecting the ears) and Capt. Schweinfart who a psycho Nazi jewhater.
Rating: 3½ out of 7. Troma's War doesn´t take itself serious and is a better than the average Troma film, but that does not necessarily mean that much. It´s a matter of taste, to like this movie you really have to appreciate bad movies and have a high tolerance for inept film making..