Thursday, January 29, 2009

Guilty pleasure alert: Double Dragon

Tonight on the Encore Action cable network: Double Dragon, a brash and scrappy 1994 B-movie -- loosely based on the enduringly popular video game -- that emphasizes slaphappy jokiness over bone-crunching mayhem. As I noted in my original review, the movie gains a lot from the genial exuberance of lead actors Scott Wolf and Mark Dacascos, who behave as though their semi-heroic characters -- martial-arts champs in the 2007 city of "New Angeles" -- aren't too many rungs above Beavis and Butt-Head on the evolutionary ladder. And Robert Patrick is a genuine hoot as the villanous Shuko, a billionaire business tycoon with an unbridled ego and a high-rise, two-tone hairdo. Pop some popcorn, turn up the sound and enjoy the cheese.

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