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Lone Wolf McQuade
The 'Mad Dog' Criminal...The 'Lone Wolf' Lawman...The Ultimate Showdown.
The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his wits and martial arts after a gun battle leaves his partner dead. All of this inevitably culminates a martial arts showdown between the drug lord and the ranger, and involving the woman they both love.
This is Chuck Norris in full on, pissed off, one man army mode.
And it fucking rocks.
Dr. Seuss once said, "Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You." He obviously hadn't met Chuck Norris. Here is a man willing to risk his job, his ex-wife, his daughter, and even his hard-earned refrigerator of beer in the pursuit of criminals. Not just any criminals - they are cocaine-running, tank-smuggling, karate-wielding criminals - the sort of criminals that represent the most primordial part of our collective human psyche.
In this masterpiece, we are assaulted with the basest of emotions, and reminded of the experiences of infancy: learning to walk, learning to speak, and learning to kick butt. The lead character is a man of few words. His…
Reto Chuck Norris, Primera Estación (como en el Via Crucis): curioso predecesor de la muy superior "Traición Sin Límites" de Walter Hill pero con Chuck Vs Kunfú.... digooo ..... David Carradine.
The opening scene has Norris scouting out some horse rustlers. On cue with the music swell, he gets up and into frame comes his Texas Ranger star. He then goes to the back of his truck to get his rifle and vest. The vest has another star on it. He is literally wearing two stars at this point. He then goes back to his position, but not before closing his truck door to reveal yet another Texas Ranger star.
This is obvious symbolism to show he is three times the lawman.
"Where is my beer?"
I never cared for Chuck Norris. If anything I thought he was immensely overrated. He always was the guy who just for inexplicable reasons was able to do anything. He just wasn't as cool as let's say Schwarzenegger or Stallone and most definitely didn't act in very interesting films. I don't think I have a single film starring Chuck Norris on my nearly 2000 titles long watchlist.
This film is like a buddycop film without the jokes, with a running time that's way too long and pretty underwhelming action scenes.
I didn't really care for the general plot and was depending on the characters and action scenes to entertain me. None of the main characters had…
The copycat Morricone score is laid on like chunky pasta sauce, so it has the feel of a Spaghetti Western even with its contemporary urban settings sitting alongside the desert locations. While there's plenty of gunplay, the final showdown is hand-to-hand, the Kung Fu adding another exotic layer to the standard cop actioner. Chuck's line deliveries are as stolid as ever, but he moves well. He's also given an advantage by acting opposite a sleepy, stilted David Carradine playing the main villain. Also on board are Peckinpah stalwarts R. G. Armstrong and L. Q. Jones, as well as a maniacal midget in a wheelchair who seems like he's just rolled off the set of a James Bond film.
What a turd of a film. LWMcQ showcases the worst elements of 80s action flicks like Commando and Rambo 2. Heavily armed bad guys wait around for their turn to get shot, important bad guys run out of ammo at the same time as the good guy so that they can fight it out (or in this case they PUT DOWN THEIR GUNS), and one stupid decision after another after another.
It was a little bit fun to see Chuck Norris punch people though.
Una de las últimas patadas del western gringo con algunos elementos que se anticipan al cine de acción (inteligente) de los 80, como las películas de Walter Hill por ejemplo. Aunque la idea de tener a dos íconos como Norris y Carradine enfrentados, ciertamente éste último luce un poco desdibujado en comparación con el títular McQuade.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Justo en la mitad entre los westerns old-school y la rimbombancia de acción explosiva de los 80. Se toma su tiempo antes de hacer explotar un carro con una ballesta.
Hay un cast diverso racialmente, que incluso vocalmente critica los "tokens" en las películas. Buenos personajes que fácilmente pudieron haber mantenido una saga (McQuade, Curtis Jackson y Kayo contra el mundo).
Hay un enano villano llamado "Sinhor Falcon" que es adicto a jugar. Lo que sea. No, en serio, está en una pequeña silla de ruedas y en su oficina tiene una maquina de pinball, un arcade y en su escritorio una vaina pa lanzar dados.
Y encima de todo, Chuck Norris y David Carradine pelean musicalizados con un organo de iglesia.
Hilariously cheesy in every way. But it's fun at times, a bit.
This film comes in at an hour and 47 mins! It could easily be an hour 30 or less. It just goes on and on and what's weird is while it should be tons of fun to see Norris kick cartel ass, it's realistic in the sense that he and his partner have so much trouble doing so. You can't send two men in to fight an army, but that's not why we tuned in.
Anyway, the film title is amazing and the shots of the wolf at the beginning and I *think* the end make one think they are about to see a better film than this is.
"Lone Wolf McQuade" is part modern update of the Spaghetti Western, part buddy cop film, and filled to the brim with traditional 1980s action movie excess before that was really a thing. Lots of typical Norris elements here: Norris' "lone wolf" cop/marine/martial artist takes on sinister terrorists/mobsters/drug lords. He's often butting heads with military or police authority because he doesn't play by the book, and quite often he's forced into taking matters into his own hands because the bad guys fuck with his friends/family/dog. The family and the dog thing both happen, and he actually seems more upset by his dog being killed. Later it's his daughter getting hit that sets him off. I guess it's nice to know where…
the story is not bad, but chuck norris is, as always. the actors around him saved his butt. he should have stuck with just his martial arts. but instead highlighting it in his movies, they stage it badly and only few and far in between. his movies are really a waste of time to watch. my dog has more talent then he dose.
Norris holds his sawed-off shotgun like it's his dick and Carradine's license plate says "CARATE." Awesome shit.
On the day I post this review, the night before was the heavily hyped (and I understand heavily disappointing; I did not watch a second of that clownshow) boxing fight between a fighter some don't like due to his conservative ways and how he has at least a few illegitimate children (Manny P.) and a man who has physically assaulted several women he was in a relationship with and never apologized for his actions (Floyd Mayweather). Between those two and how I just don't like boxing in general, I am so thankful I did not even try to illegally stream a fight I heard was full of the garbage that makes me think that sport is unwatchable. Instead, I saw…