Sunday, 19 May 2013
DVD review Karate Cop (1991)
In the future with no law and order, John Travis (Ron Marchini) is the only honest cop left. In his future, there is only crime, corruption, andviolence around every corner. Gangs rule the streets and stage underground gladiator battles. Crime pays, until Travis makes a decision to put things right. Karate Cop is written by Denny Grayson, Ron Marchini, Bill Zide and is directed by Alan Roberts. The acting is pretty terrible with the exception of David Carradine who makes a short appearence. The camerawork and edting is pretty good. This is the sequel to Omega Cop (1990) and it is better in almost every department, better made, better plot and better action. There are some bizarre elements in this but I won´t go into any details due to spoilers. The action consists of shootouts and martial arts, there are several fightscenes and the fightchoreography is decent but yet better than in previous flick. A highlight is when Travis takes on the character Dad (David Carradine) and his gang/family at a roadside diner. There´s no gore in this but there some good squibs especially when Travis uses his doublebarreled shotgun. There is also some selfsurgery, plucking out a bullet Rambo-fashion. There´s no T & A in this.
Karate Cop is also known as Dragon Cop, Omega Cop II and Omega Cop II: The Challenge.
This review is based upon the region all (Region 0) DVD release from Digiview Entertainment.
Rating: 1½ out of 7. I enjoyed this, it has its flaws but Karate Cop is actually a bit better than Omega Cop (1990), it´s better made (but I suspect that the budget was roughly the same as the previous movie about Travis) and more entertaining. If you keep your expectations pretty low (you should considering the title), if you´re a fan of the Post-apocalytic genre and mindless action in general you´ll probably get a kick out of Karate Cop.