Scorpion (1986)

Nomination Year: 2008
SYNOPSIS:  International Karate Champion and low-budget Chuck Norris rip-off is elite DIA counter-terrorism expert code-name Scorpion. He and his partners are assigned to guard terrorist defector Faued, who is scheduled to give testimony which will bring down the entire domestic terrorist network. Of course, Faued and one of Scorpion's partners are immediately gunned down and Scorpion must find the killers and seek revenge. Unlike certain movies starring international kickboxing champions, this movie DOES have karate. Really badly choreographed karate, but karate nonetheless. It also has a laser-like focus on the minutia of everyday life -- nearly every interaction between two characters starts with one calling the other's secretary for an appointment, the Pentagon briefing wherein the plot is explained devotes at least a minute of screen time to who's going to run the lights and projector, etc.

"Wanna Run That By Me Again?"

It's Good To Have Goals
His dead partner's lifelong dream was to push over the statue in a park. Wanna guess what the last scene of the movie is? Also, that bug needs a better agent.

Worst Acting

Bug-Eyed Terrorist
The bug-eyed snarling terrorist leader. After re-watching the relevant parts several times, I've identified him as Ari Barak.

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Tonny Tulleners International Karate Champion and low-budget Chuck Norris rip-off 
Tom McFadden  
Ari Barak  
Director Claim to Fame
William Riead before going Hollywood, he was a member of the White House Press Corps, and it was his camera crew's footage of the assassination attempts on Gerald Ford that was shown nationwide ... there is probably a lesson in there somewhere, but I don't know what it might be 

Greg Pearson

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