Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bridge Of Dragons (1999) * * *

Cast: Dolph Lundgren, Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa, Valarie Chow, Gary Hudson

Directed by Isaac Florentine

Dolph reprises his killing machine role in Florentine’s admittedly imaginative, often bizarre action fest which takes place in a burned out kingdom where dictator Ruechang (Tagawa, with a Hitler hairdo) complete with an army that has 666(!) on the side of their vehicles plans to marry the princess, though the princess knows he killed her father and Dolph plays the warrior out retrieve her only to fall for his prey and turn his killing machine tactics on Ruechang. Bridge Of Dragons is a mostly fun comic-book sword and sorcery pulp that works due to the well staged action and the creative plot that while stupid, manages to serve the backdrop to the action fairly well. Also the European locales also make the viewing very pleasing to the eyes. If anything else Florentine keeps the pace fast and the action plentiful, while also delivering his signature action sequence in which the hero shoots a crate with big letters saying “EXPLOSIVES” on them.

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