Video | Review by Dan Taylor
The story involves a bunch
of kids on a Naval base. Their dads are
all Navy Seals, a crack squad of specialists
who have been called in to rescue the crew
of a sub in North Korean waters and then
destroy the sub. Being the crack squad that
they are, they get caught by some guys who
haven't worked since M*A*S*H went off the
air and thrown into some rathole prison
until their trial/conviction/execution as
Now here's where the kids
come in. When they learn that the Navy can't/won't
try a rescue attempt, they steal the TOP
SECRET rescue plans and decide to carry
it out themselves. Naturally.
There are several large problems
with the flick. First off, do you remember
THE WRAITH, where everyone was either the
offspring or sibling of someone famous?
Well, the producers of RESCUE couldn't afford
that, so they got people who look like someone
famous! There's the Eric Stoltz-a-like,
a chick who closely resembles Phoebe "Miniseries"
Cates, a little kid who you'd swear was
Fred Savage and someone who looks like he
could be Matt Dillon's brother. Oh right,
I forgot...he is Matt Dillon's brother!
Throw in "Skippy" from 'Family
Ties' and we're all set.
Second, the flick (allegedly
based on an idea by Sam Fuller!) makes it
all look far too easy. That a group of high
schoolers can steal TOP SECRET plans with
ease is a scary thought. That they can succeed
where the US government fears to go is even
more depressing. Then, of course, they DID
have a leather-wearin', beer-drinkin', motorcycle-ridin',
earring-sportin' Kev Dillon on their side.
He broods and bravados his way all over
the screen as the rebellious kid who just
can't cope with dad Edward Albert's demands.
But when the group of kids
infiltrate the prison compund and release
their captured daddies, all is well and
they receive a hero's welcome. Oh, did I
spoil it? Did you think that maybe the kids
were all captured and slaughtered in a hail
of gunfire? Shit man, this is American cinema
we're talking about. And during the Reagan
era to boot!
Well, this Jr. RAMBO/MISSING
IN ACTION/UNCOMMON VALOR is an entertaining
(if ridiculous) enough way to spend 90 minutes.
Grab some beers, get a bunch of friends
together and play "Hey Isn't That (Fill
in Name of Star Here)?"