Jim Brown in Slaughter mode, Jim Kelly fresh off Enter The Dragon, Fred Williamson in his Black Caesar prime. Blaxploitation cool meets low-fi Bond action, shotguns and roundhouse kicks instead of gadgets.
Three The Hard Way rarely goes a few minutes before another chase or shootout, only stopping for topless torture experts and the genocidal gloating of neo-nazi mad scientists. Compared to Shaft or Truck, the film is more muted in style, more conventional, but compensates with a threefold action explosion across Detroit, DC, and LA: fairway shootout, car wash ambush, parking garage pursuit, the finale’s armed-to-the-teeth guns-blazing compound assault. Come for the supercool charisma of its leads, stay for the top-tier stunts and bloody spectacle.
Nazi scientist manic: “No power on earth can stop us now”
Cut to Brown, Kelly, & Williamson with a small army’s worth of weaponry
It’s that kind of movie