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God, will the stupidity never end?

  • Apr 9, 2000
Pros: It was only 96 minutes long

Cons: It was 96 minutes long

Back in the old days, before I joined Epinions Anonymus, when I toasted a turkey this bad I switched the channel so fast I got rug burn on my fingers. Please, let me add this one to your list of DO NOT BOTHER TO WATCH. Now, of course, I am required by Epinions to finish watching a turkey so I can give it the thrashing it deserves (except She's The One, I bailed on that). I even watched all of Titanic (ugh) just to give it it's due. So, on to Recoil so I can let this turkey go.

It starts with a bank robbery (we are in LA). The first 8-1/2 minutes involve every policeman in LA showing up at the bank and the longest shootout I have ever watched. DIGRESSIONI have several questions regarding bad guy versus good guy shootouts: 1)Why do only the bad guys have the protective gear? 2)Even with the protective gear, why do the police not shoot them in the leg, arm, etc., to disable them? 3)Why, since being trained to be police, are the good guys always such bad shots? 4)Why, when there are grenades, bombs, AK-47's, pistols, rifles, etc., does one cop always stand up and walk through all the mele without getting shot and shoot the one bad guy?END DIGRESSION I think every policeman in LA was killed at least twice, except the 5 you will hear about later, but only 3-4 bad guys.

Now we start the chase scene. I kid you not - 15 minutes! We have 5 police in five cars chasing one guy on a motorcycyle, through all of LA. They end up in some type of huge warehouse where it is entirely possible for everyone to dodge all items stacked around but still get their vehicles through. We are driving approximately 4,000 mph here but yet the bad guy nimbly manages to toss grenades over his shoulder, without looking or loosing control, and land one under a police car every time! He should be playing for the Cincinnati Reds (Hell, anyone should be playing for the Reds! Sorry, slight digression). Well after 15 minutes the bad guy (excuse me but these people do not have names) just flat out runs into a wall and flys off the bike. Start foot chase ..... sigh ....the 5 police catch up with him, give him the old "Stop or I will shoot" and he does! LOL....did it occur to them to try that before?

Unfortunately, he makes like he still has a weapon and all five of them shoot him...many times I might add. (Did I mention that until this point there had only been about 10 sentences of dialogue?) They take off his mask and he is just a kid (20 or so).

Cut to next scene, TV reporter telling about the entire incident and guess what? Someone had their video camera there.....only in LA! So, the police are now the bad guys. And who is watching this video on TV but, you guessed it, the Mafia Don of LA and guess what? His son! Yep! Go figure.

Cut to next scene, wife of Don and mother of Dead Boy, (still no names yet, sorry). She does some of the poorest acting known to man or God. Someone should have just taken her out of her misery! Fortunately she only has two scenes in the entire movie and I can't tell you her name because it wasn't even in the credits! She is begging the Don for the killing to stopppppppppp!!!!!!!! Jesus, save me from this movie......

During funeral (for which they have no body because they can't claim it or the police will know who the bad guys are) the Don concocts the plan to get rid of the 5 police that killed his son. The first couple they take out very easily, while they were driving down the street, but then they decide to just go the the police station and kill everyone. Figure that way they will get the guys, too bad for the bystanders.

Four of the five are dead now, leaving the STAR (?) and HERO (?) of this story, Gary Daniels(who?). They would have got him too but of course he was at home with the wife and kiddies. Now I don't know much about police pay but I really don't think this guy could swing that crib he was living in on it. And the wife (save me!!!!) looked like last years idea of a 16 year old cheerleader. No one should wear clothes like that for one thing nor should they look like that after having 2 children! It should be a rule.

The police chief tells them to get out of town for a while and of course since they are filthy rich they can go to their mountain cabin. In route, surprise, surprise - the Don's buddies - another frigging chase scene. They get wrecked so many times there is nothing left of the car and then a 18 wheeler rams them at full speed (more Don's guys driving this one too) and get shoved over the side of the cliff. Mans entire family killed, he survived....so you know what is coming next don't you?

Gary is off to the Don's house and surprisingly kills all the guards, the bad guys, half the staff and never gets a wound himself. Cut to Don's drug factory in some gloomy warehouse, Gary is after the Don himself now. Kills everyone there too (all this with only one gun and at no time did I see him reload), shoots the Don in both knees...Don pleads for him to kill him - Like I did your Family - but Gary walks away. Of course, there are broken tanks of gasoline that have been patiently waiting all this time for him to finish his chores and they blow up....giving you a beautiful and colorful background as he walks away.....victorious!

Now, I usually don't give the complete story in a review because I think you should have some surprises for yourself, but I am trying to save you some pain here.....I watched it for you, please don't! Stick the fork in baby cause this turkey is done!


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Trouble brews in the City of Angels when an LAPD detective follows a lead right into the den of a powerful crime family.
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Release Date: 1997
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: Victory Multimedia (August 07, 2007)
Runtime: 1hr 36min

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