Rated: R For nudity and violence. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: January 15, 1993 Released by: Columbia
A stranger comes to the defense of a pretty widow and her two small children against some menacing bullies. It's the same storyline we've all seen before especially in Westerns.
The woman, played by Rosanna Arquette (Desperately Seeking Susan) lives on a farm with her young daughter and son Mookie (played by MacCauley Culkin's younger brother, Keirnan).
A condo and golf course developer hires dome thugs to force the last holdout into selling their land to him. They burn barns, pour oil on farm land and kill their animals, yet the feisty Rosanna refuses to knuckle under.
Jean Claud an Damme plays Sam, a muscle-bound stranger who befriends Mookie and helps his mom with the bad guys. Sam is the strong silent type, which with Ban Damme's limited acting ability, suits us just fine.
When Sam won't go away easily, the developer hires the big gun, played by Ted Levine (the psycho serial killer in Silence of the Lambs). This guy looks scary even without make-up.
What can you say about an acton picture when the action scenes are few with long, boring stretches in between, and the best acting is done by little Keirnan who does a good job looking at Sam with awe.
The fight scenes are predictable and the one chase scene uninspired. Even die-had Ban Damme fans are gonna find it hard to get enthusiastic about this one!
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