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Expect No Mercy
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Manufacturer: Legacy Entertainment
Starring: Billy Blanks, Brett Halsey, Jalal Merhi, Laurie Holden, Wolf Larson
Directed By: Zale Dalen
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 3.0/5Average rating of 3.0/5Average rating of 3.0/5Average rating of 3.0/5Average rating of 3.0/5

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Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: DVD
EAN: 0625282903995
Format: Color
Label: Legacy Entertainment
Manufacturer: Legacy Entertainment
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: Legacy Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2005-03-01
Running Time: 91
Studio: Legacy Entertainment
Theatrical Release Date: 1995

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Summary: [3.5] the blanks brothers do battle
Comment: Here we have another production with the ever famous duo of martial arts actors Billy Blanks and Jalal Mehri - great martial artists who are laughable actors that when paired together create a so bad its good movie. On top of it, this movie deals with martial arts combat in a virtual reality system - oh dear. Someone was smart to let Anthony De Longis and Michael Blanks (Billy's brother) be in this film because they save it - and so does the non-stop action.

I figured that any virtual reality action coming from a 1996 B-martial arts flick would be a joke, and yes it is bad. Thankfully the entire movie doesn't really revolve around that. There is a virtual reality martial arts academy, where students train through this program, but the academy is actually used as a front. The academy's leader "Warbeck" (Wolf Larson) thinks he is God, and runs a secret assination program with some of his fines men - Damian (Anthony De Longis) and Spyder (Michael Blanks). I never knew De Longis could fight, but he does ok in this film, and steals the show at times, being just dirty in the film. Michael Blanks is always a treat for me. Though he rarely has a line, he always plays a villain (Dragon Fire, Circuit, Bloodfist 6) He has longer legs than his brother, and the results are impressive leaps and kicks that look great.

There is so much action in this film its crazy. Unfortunately, some of it takes place in the virtual world and looks like pure crap. Most of it does take place in the real world. The movie even begins with some great action, and again, the charcaters Damian and Spyder get to show off as the bads guys. Later in the film, both Billy and Michael fight each other in what is probably the best fight of the film. It's a 4 minute fight that looks pretty good, and Michael Blanks kicks his brother's butt pretty good for awhile. Jala Mehri gets to fight Anthony De Longis on a rooftop in the end, which is an ok fight. The final fight is Billy Blanks against Wolf Larson. In addition to being a pretty bad actor, I didn't think Larson was all that good of a fighter and even though its a lengthy fight of several minutes, the final fight could have been better.

Yeah, this is a pretty bad movie that's very cheesy and all the usual American B-movie stuff. But it somehow still manages to be very entertaining, with tons of martial arts action and some great villains. Its a pretty easy watch when you just don't want to think.


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