Category Archives: Action films

Really Awful Movies: Ep 330 – BMX Bandits

On this week’s episode of the podcast, BMX Bandits! This one has a VERY young Nicole Kidman (in her second role, but first major one) and is directed by friend of the site, director Brian Trenchard-Smith.

In BMX Bandits, three kids happen upon some hidden walkie talkies/police scanners, stashed by some seedy bank robbers. Soon, the Bandits find themselves being chased on two fronts: by the thieves, but also by the cops, who need to get their hands on the devices as well.

BMX Bandits is a silly joy ride, full of bike chases through Sydney Harbour. The dialogue is whip-smart, the villains suitably bumbling, and the direction, action-packed.

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Really Awful Movies: Ep 328 – Recoil

Stone Cold Steve Austin stars in Recoil, a Canadian-lensed revenge action film.

And to up the glowering ante, there’s also Danny Trejo as the chief antagonists.

Somebody quick, flash a smile!

Austin is Ryan, a Texas cop (what else?) whose family has been murdered in ostentatious fashion (basically, a shootout with five gang members bedecked in clown masks firing hundreds of rounds into a suburban home. Talk about overkill!).

He tracks down the culprits, a North American biker gang stupidly called The Circle. They’re holed up in Washington State, because British Columbia is a cheap place to film bad action movies like this.

There’s an almost-love interest, a crooked cop, some people who are the eyes and the ears of the gang (who seemingly run the whole show in the town of Hope, Washington), as well as some goofy explosions, one-liners, and scores to settle. You gotta love those scores. And when they’re settled.

The WWE star Austin gets a chance to show off his brawn and ability to beat down bikers in this entertaining enough production. And there’s someone thrown through a plate glass window. Plus, an explosion where the protagonist walks away like a badass.

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