Director(s): Jun Gallardo
Country: USA, Philippines
IMDB Rating: 3.2
An American military advisor becomes disillusioned by the brutality and corruption of the Central American government which hired him. When his shift in sympathies becomes known, hes arrested and tortured but soon escapes, along with a beautiful American woman, in order to join the rebels.
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(15 May 2013)
"The Firing Line" is one of the worst films to be made in the recent past. Essentially it involves Reb Brown ("Space Mutiny") as an American military advisor on a mission to some fictitious South American country with a rebel problem. Made five years after the Iran-Contra affair, and at a time when the "Rambo" series was extremely popular and profitable, the film may have seemed reasonably topical (though still wretched) at the time: it is now merely another overacted action film. The film starts by showing Reb Brown picking up Shannon Tweed in a bar. It turns out she's there on business selling "sports equipment" to hotels. (Ponder.) The two of them hit it off, but before long Brown is in trouble, and Tweed gets kidnapped in an attempt to find out information about Brown. The next 80 or so minutes are filled with implausible escapes, lots of gunfire, helicopters, explosions, and Reb Brown yelling "Move!" in the same manner he perfected in the infinitely better (though more comical) "Space Mutiny." Shannon Tweed's assets are largely squandered here, although she does turn in the best performance, and has plenty of time for a relatively immodest swim in the middle of a combat zone. Saying she gives the best performance here should not be confused with an endorsement, however: the scene where she stares slack-jawed at a dead body for several minutes in horror is overwrought enough with pathos to make any reasonable viewer's eyes roll back in their head. For sheer discomfort, watch carefully for the scene in which smarmy Reb and disinterested Shannon run off on a romantic interlude under a waterfall during hostilities. The film has terrible production values, and makes the most of the limited footage they had of helicopters, things blowing up, and people falling down dead. Despite this, the film manages to be abjectly boring. Making it worse is the fact that the soundtrack sounds awful, there are large audio dropouts, and the sound effects frequently don't match the onscreen action. The music is equally annoying, consisting as it does of nearly constant trumpet and drum military fanfare refrains of low quality. After all the running, all the fighting, all the endlessly repeated helicopter footage, the obligatory stuntman on fire for some reason, and Reb Brown yelling "Move!" more times than I want to think about, the movie comes to an abrupt, unfulfilling train-wreck of an ending, which, while welcome, seemed like the filmmakers had simply run out of ideas and money."The Firing Line" is in every way a terrible movie. It has no redeeming qualities: it is too awful to be entertaining, and too boring to be funny. Just say no.
(15 May 2013)
The picture and audio quality are the worst I have ever seen on DVD except for another movie by this same company.Save your receipt; you'll want your money back.I have never seen a commerical movie this bad and that includes VHS tapes.
(11 May 2013)
No plot, not acting, just people running around shotting each other. Boring!!
gridoon (11 May 2013)
In yet another case of misleading marketing, this film is included in a10-movie DVD set called "Women Who Kick Butt", but even in its originalcover it seems to promise Shannon Tweed in an action role. Actually,during most of the movie Tweed plays the typical whiny and prissyfemale character who has to be rescued by the male lead, and even whenshe's trained in jungle warfare she still has to be dragged around byhim! There is one female rebel who is a stronger character, but she'smostly kept in the margins of the movie. The male lead is Reb Brown,and he does have some (unintentionally, I think) funny moments (likewhen he gets electrocuted). The action scenes are badly directed andpoorly acted: some of the stuntmen needed a few lessons on "how to getshot and die convincingly". I suppose if you're in the right mood youcan find some things in "Firing Line" to laugh at (at one point, we canhear Tweed speaking but her lips are not moving!), but mostly I wasjust bored. (*)
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