If you are reading this review, then that means you either found "The
Devastator" in someone's old VHS collection still in the giant plastic
collectible rental box (faded sticker that still says: "Be Kind,
Rewind"), or you remember seeing it back in the 80's when
action-adventure cheese was in it's prime and you want to reminisce.
Either way, this lost action misfire never saw the light of day for all
the same reasons that many other low-grade rip-offs of Missing In
Action, Rambo First Blood II, and Southern Comfort never did. But there
was something peculiarly fun about the stereotypical macho war-buddy
mentality that found its way into thousands of video rental shelves in
the 1980s.. This one ended up in the grocery store VHS rental section
or even the local seven/eleven, and it fits prominently into a category
I like to refer to as "Warsploitation". This has every characteristic
of the typical 80s cheesy warsploitation flick; The bad acting, forced
profanity, macho lame one-liners, guns, explosives, crazed Vietnam
vets, drugs, nudity, and starring names like Richard Hill.
The story isn't much to get into. War buddies get together to avenge the death of a fallen comrade, and along the way stop a greedy tyrant that is controlling a small Northern California town by the marijuana farming industry. The bullets and bodies fly (as well as the bad voice overdubs), so fans of mindless violence will be pleased. Don't expect much on the special effects side, since a budget is almost non-existent here, except that which went towards destruction.. Highlights include: The antics of a poorly portrayed maniac named Ox, who burns down the pot field all the while screaming and inhaling the smoke, the hero of the films dramatic climax and all of its ridiculous glory (and toy helicopter explosions). This will be remembered by the few and the proud.
Action / War
Action / War
This war's in your own backyard. Violent warfare erupts in Northern California when Vietnam vet Deacon Porter reassembles his Combat Strike Force to avenge the death of a commanding officer.
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