Saturday, 29 September 2012

DVD review: Animal Protector (1988)

A group of animal rights activists get wind of an island where the military is conducting horrific experiments on animals in the hope of developing new biological weapon. They travel there with the mission to free the animals, but not everything goes as planned and soon realizes them that they are perhaps the only thing that can prevent a global disaster. Animal Protector is written by Anders Nilsson and Mats Helge Olsson who also is the director. It´s a swedish production that tries to pass itself off as American. The acting is pretty bad but I´ll have to say that I wasn´t expecting much and neither should you. David Carradine plays Col. Whitlock (the main bad guy) and he is actually pretty good as a baddie, he gets to shoot people and kick some ass and is suitably ruthless. The camerawork and editing is pretty good. The pacing is good and there is hardly a dull moment in it. I´ve never seen so many non-military looking soldiers in any movie, it´s quite obvious that the filmmakers must have had contacts with some local military surplus dealer as there is a wide range of uniforms, web gears and insignias. Somewhere it is said that there are marines on the island but according to their insignias they are Green Berets, Special Air Service and so on.  But I shouldn´t be nitpicking. There is a lot of gunplay, explosions and stunts. There are even some martial arts but the fight choreography isn´t very good. When our hero means business he decides to fight wearing only a  tank top for the rest of the flick, yup it´s that kind of movie. There is no gore and surprisingly few squibs in this. There is no T & A in this.
This review is based upon the swedish region 2 DVD release from JGS AB.
Rating: 3½ out of 7. I enjoyed this, Animal Protector is a decent and entertaining b-action but it isn´t a new The Ninja Mission (which is insanely violent).


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