Action / Comedy / Crime / Thriller
Action / Comedy / Crime / Thriller
Jericho "Action" Jackson is a Detroit police sergeant who was demoted from lieutenant for almost tearing the arm off of sexually violent sociopath Sean Dellaplane, whose father is Peter Dellaplane, a major car manufacturer. But Dellaplane himself is violent as well. Dellaplane kills his wife Patrice by shooting her. And then he plants her body in Jackson's apartment, framing Jackson. Dellaplane won't miss Patrice very much, because he has a drug-addicted mistress named Sydney Ash. He keeps Sydney hooked with a free supply of heroin. Jackson suspects Dellaplane of masterminding a murder spree against local officials from the auto workers' union. Dellaplane's mission is to gain a political power base and choose the next president of the United States. Because of what happened to Dellaplane's son Sean, Dellaplane has taken a particular dislike to Jackson. Jackson gets Sydney's help in going after Dellaplane.
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Blaxploitation on the 80'
Action Jackson could be a comic black hero,nothing in the movie is real,glass blast,cars climbing the stairs,big explosions, whenever they do are overblown,Vanity and Sharon stone in hot and breathtaking scenes are gorgeous in they best shape than ever,even the characters in small roles is funny with a lot of gags,actually the picture is pure entertainment and action that certainly you do not be sorry to watch!!!but Don't wait a serious movie!!
First watch: 1990 / How many: 3 / Source: TV-DVD / Rating: 6.5
An Honest Review
It was not a good movie...but that doesn't matter. OK, fine, it sort of matters now, but, honestly, it came out when I was 8.
I saw it when I was 8, mainly because Carl Weathers was Apollo Creed from "Rocky" and one of the guys from "Predator" and I loved both of those movies so...mommy, daddy, let me see it, let me see it...
And being the '80s when parents considered "Robocop" a child friendly film, of course I got to see it.
And when you are 8 this movie is awesome and "Action Jackson" is a total hero and you are going to wait in line to see Action Jackson 2, and 3, and they never made any more because it wasn't that good to start with.
None of that matters. Not when you are 8 and movies like this fit into the "Cop Adventure" mold...and "Action Jackson" fit perfectly into that. So kids like me loved it.
And let's be totally honest like "Robocop" it was rated "R" and like so many other films in the '80s it was totally inappropriate for little kids to see--by today's standards--but back then movies like this were made for kids, made to appeal to little boys too.
So honestly, it's an 80s kids movie that was made for adults and it sort of was just taken over by kids...falls under "Childhood Classic." And you can't rate movies from your childhood the same way that you do movies you like as an adult. Totally different standard. Kids movies should have kid movie ratings.
It's a shame they don't do that anymore.
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Campy Yet Completely Lacking Atmosphere
If one were to take all the ridiculously over-the-top action parodies from Family Guy (1999-Present), The Simpsons (1989-Present) and South Park (1997-Present) and put them into a blender, you might frappe something resembling the 1988 police action turned post- modernist parody of itself Action Jackson. The 1980's was a weird decade in film. Yet the one thing all popular genre flicks had in common is when they went for it, they really went for it, giving the audiences gobs of what they wanted; in this case, explosions, nudity, bloodsport and homoerotic muscle flexing. Now granted they couldn't get Arnold Schwarzenegger to make it to the carnival that is Action Jackson, so instead we got Apollo Creed himself to play the titular hero. Pardon me if my jubilation seems muted.
Sgt. Jericho 'Action' Jackson (Weathers) is a no-nonsense cop from the tough streets of Detroit. who has become notorious for putting the law into his own hands to get results. Jackson investigates a bloody corporate murder spree all pointing to car magnate and psychopath Peter Dellaplane (Nelson). The nefarious Dellaplane has not been a fan of Jackson since his sexually violent son was nearly beaten to death by the infamous cop. Thus he conspires to frame Jackson for murder and cobble together a political empire based on corruption and probably Kung-Fu.
Starting with the good; the action in Action Jackson is too ridiculous to not recommend. Director Craig R. Baxley started his film career as a stuntman and it's easy to see. The tactile voracity of the stunts and the cavalcade of completely unnecessary self- created mayhem gives the film a dumbfounding glee. One could get completely wasted playing a drinking game revolving around redemptive cop null, derivative car chases and things that go boom; to say nothing of Sharon Stone's constant need to parade her jiggly bits. In addition, the dated soundtrack provided by The Pointer Sisters, Bernadette Cooper and Vanity (who also plays Jackson's love interest) are sure to leave those who sniffed the Colombian dancing powder in the 80's in a cold sweat.
Unfortunately despite it's inspired campyness and ironic offerings, Action Jackson looses so much steam in-between points of action hero machismo. When actors are required to, you know, act, the camera stays frustratingly static and sucks the life out of all the performances. Bill Duke, who plays the overused gruff Captain cliché gets off worst of all often shot like a guy doing a Skype interview. Then their's Thomas F. Wilson who seems like he walked off the set of Police Academy (1984).
Yet for every bad supporting performance there's an inspired take, like Bob Minor's perma-smirked henchman and Al Leong as Dellaplane's obedient chauffeur. As for Carl Weathers; well there are some decent moments of pool cue-breaking tomfoolery that makes his action star credentials beyond reproach. Unfortunately as an overstated force of nature; let's just say there's a reason Weathers wasn't retained for The Expendables (2010-2013).
As a movie, Action Jackson is a boring, atmosphere-less trifle that is on par with lesser brain-dead muscle epics like Only the Strong (1993) or Double Impact (1991). Yet as a super-dated 80's throwback, Carl Weathers's best chance at action hero stardom is the kind of entertainment that can give anyone the giggles. Check it out only if you must.