If there’s trouble in the world, if democracy is threatened, and if bloodshed is the only answer, who are ya gonna call? That’s right, MegaForce! This autonomous team of highly trained soldiers, commanded by the incomparable Ace Hunter (Barry Bostwick), is secretly funded by all free nations, and uses state-of-the-art equipment to get the job done.
When the team is asked to help defend a small country, threatened by a rogue general, they leap at the chance. Little do they know that this mission will be their most dangerous yet.
They sure don’t make ’em like this anymore, and with good reason. If you’ve seen Cannonball Run, you’ll be familiar with director Hal Needham’s style. Substitute the celebrity highway shenanigans with gratuitous explosions and a lot of driving through the desert, and you’ve got a decent idea about MegaForce.
This is the kind of movie where killing and war are cartoonishly consequence free, and regardless of the conflict every altercation is followed by a goofy grin and a thumbs-up to your buddies. I don’t recall seeing anything with a similarly juvenile, militaristic attitude since Heartbreak Ridge.
The plot – not only thin, but also terribly unfocused – is so nonsensical that at times it seems like whole pages of the script where simply tossed away in favor of another explosion. The film suffers a total meltdown after about an hour, when it does a complete 180, directly contradicting everything laboriously established in the first act.
But who cares about the story anyway, right? The star of this film is the hardware. Specially designed motorcycles and beach buggies decked out with guns and rockets, painted with not-so-subtle lightning graphics. They have lasers, they jump out of planes, and in the climactic showdown one of the motorcycles even flies! I remember seeing MegaForce when I was a kid, and for the next couple of months the only thought in my mind, every waking hour of the day, was the pure awesomeness of flying motorcycles.
None. English subtitles available. Disc is region 1.
If you ever wanted to watch the guy who played the mayor on Spin City in tight spandex, with Bee Gees haircut and bandana, riding a motorcycle, leading a bunch of futuristic circus performers you’ve come to the right place.
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