The Bottom Line: In under 30 words, what is your final recommendation on Soldier Boyz and why? - works for me
Years after the conflict in Viet Nam ended, a group of militants dont realize they actually won this conflict and continue their blood-letting ways. They shoot down an American plane, a Red Cross plane mind you, believing it just might have arms on it although it is covered with the Red Cross symbol. Fools.
Just imagine their surprise when they find on board the daughter of a billionaire, Gabriella (Nicole Hansen). Just think of the arms they could get offa this dummy, buying his daughter back from them. Will daddy come through and bail his tree-hugging uber freak daughter out, or leave her to rot in the pit inVinh Mocs (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) intelligence camp? Whats a daddy to do?
Why, call on his buddies that appreciate the disbursement of money under the table, the good old military, and have them get one of their old Rambo-types out of retirement and go get my daughter, no matter the cost! And where do we find this Rambo wanna be? As a group leader, guard, whatever, in a youth correctional facility, of course. Not a typical correctional facility, but one holding the bad of the bad, the dirty of the dirty, the mean of the mean.
So good old Toliver (Michael Dudikoff) gets recruited once again and leaves his chinos and tees behind and becomes Major Toliver all over again. And who are the Soldier Boyz? Isnt it already obvious? The prisoners, of course, his cream of the crop killers. The ones he hand picks, just because he can. Right! Oh, and one Girlz, as well. Doesnt it have to be that way? Havent you seen movies before?
Heres the breakdown: Butts (Tyrin Turner) killer, dope pusher, apparently explosives savvy Vasquez (Jacqueline Obradors) killer, hates men, very knife savvy Lamb (David Barry Gray) killer, supposedly murdered parents while sleeping, intelligent, leader Brophy (Channon Roe) killer, dope pusher, doesnt like blacks cause they killed his brother, has girl back home that hes gonna marry Lopez (Demetrius Navarro) killer, dope pusher, doesnt like blacks Monster (Cedrik Terrell) killer, really doesnt like women Prescott (Hank Brandt) killer, Nazi follower, doesnt like anyone
All kidding aside, what the Hell was up with this film? In the first place, no one except Toliver had any training. Secondly, they drop them in the middle of Nam and say they will be back in 3 days, take it or leave it. Thirdly, they spend the entire following day in war training (apparently one day is enough). Fourth, the conflict is basically over, ka-put, so wouldnt Vinh Moc hear the practice shooting going on a mere few clicks from his base camp? After all, his group is the only ones still fighting this conflict!
Fifth, they take 1-1/2 days to reach Vinh Mocs camp, am I the only one that noticed the timetable seems to be off kilter? Damn that stopover so the Boyz could get their ashes hauled in the local bordello.
Well, I could go on forever. Naturally they meet disaster, they are kids for Gods sake! They have no war training, especially in the guise required here. I mean, we are needing a desperate intervention of Special Ops here, not 7 kids that just happened to shoot a 38 one night in a fit of rage or survival. And their attitudes, I could have written the friggin script myself show a bunch of kids with a ticked off attitude against the establishment, each other, and the world in general, give em guns, let em loose to kill. End of story.
So, do all the ner-do-wells make it? Does Toliver (who by-the-way gives us a flash back for no reason to his wife and child being killed in a driveby shooting)? Does the tree hugger Gabrielle get rescued and returned to her pampered life? Does anyone really give a flyingratsass?
There are times, in cinema history, that movies are so bad as to be likeable. Some so predictable to even be acceptable. Unfortunately, that is history and has no basis here.
Acting was way outta the park here, or what they were passing for acting. The story just blowed, there is simply no way any part of it except the bordello scene could be in the least believable. The bad guys were too damn bad, everyone tried to turn into team players and give you a warm fuzzy, Vinh Moc was no terrorist and trust me here Prescott was no Nazi kid!
Dont know where it was filmed but the fly over shots were the only redeeming quality of the movie.
Written by Darryl Quarles, directed by Louis Morneau. Skip it.
Could there be Bacon here? No friggin way damn Novocaine!
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An ex-Marine in charge of a high-security youth prison accepts an assignment taking him back to Vietnam to rescue a kidnapped heiress. With a half-dozen of his most lethal--and undisciplined--prisoners in tow he sets off to either free the heiress or die trying.