“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Sunday, June 14, 2015
The Stabilizer (1986)
How bad is it? It's a Troma-released Indonesian cop film (yikes). Should you see it? Surprisingly, yes!
I'm a bit behind on the East Asian film world, discovering Weng Weng after everyone else, for one thing, and this film escaped me until just recently. It's bad guy Rainmaker vs. good guy Stabilizer due to drug trade and revenge. The star has the most 80's look imaginable, and that includes the Asian Mr. T that's in this film. There's a rape scene that's funny (I'm really sorry I laughed at such a time) because of a poster in the background. A guy eats a lizard - and then another one. There's ridiculous stunts, weird fights (our hero defeats attackers with his hands tied), a very cheap boat chase and women martial artists. It's quite watchable.