Friday, May 16, 2014

Podcast: One Tough Bastard (1996)

Lucius Malfoy takes the mound.
We return to our vague association with Kurt Wimmer (who wrote the story for the Barbarian Brothers' Double Trouble) and his 1996 revenge action film One Tough Bastard (currently streaming on Netflix). Sort of like The Crow meets Hard to Kill, OTB (also called One Man’s Justice) stars action star and washed out first round draft pick Brian Bosworth as his ex-wife and daughter are needlessly murdered by Marcus (Jeff Kober, resembling a C-Team Josh Brolin), the worst drug dealer in the world.

Members of Pearl Jam manage to steal the film's MacGuffin.
He shoots The Boz and puts him in the hospital. Once awake from his brief but refreshing coma, The Boz plots his revenge against Marcus and the skeeziest long-haired nose-pierced FBI agent in the world, Agent Karl Savak (played by Dungeons and Dragons’s Bruce Payne). Will The Boz fulfill his revenge, and exploit an inner city toddler in the process? Only one way to find out!

Some Notes:
  • "The Catcher in the Fry" is, unfortunately, not an episode of Futurama.
  • This movie exists in a horrible universe of ponytails, Sublime lyrics, and inner city murder.
  • Also MC Hammer (at this point only going by "Hammer") is barely in this movie as the Avon Barksdale type character. He mostly sits around and lets slightly better actors do the heavy lifting for him.
  • One of three movies directed by Kurt Wimmer (along with Equilibrium and Ultraviolet). He has spent most of his career writing successful and bombastic screenplays such as Salt, Law Abiding Citizen, and the Total Recall remake.
  • Congratulations to longtime listener and podcast guest Nathan Smith on the birth of his second son!
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