Home Video | Review by Dan Taylor
in the great period of the 1980s before
Gorbachev, glasnost and the Malta Summit,
THE SOLDIER revels in its depiction of all
Russians as slimy, raping and pillaging
scum whose only goal in life is the destruction
of "the American way of life."
In fact, the Commies in this go 'round are
sooooo evil that they steal plutonium
and make some kind of bomb which they plant
somewhere (I'd actually lost most of my
interest by this point).
The only squad that can possibly
save the day is run by a CIA operative known
only by the code name, "The Soldier."
As played by Ken Wahl in pre-'Wiseguy' fashion,"The
Soldier" is a mix of James Bond and
Rambo...getting caught in hair-raising predicaments
and then blasting his way out of them.
Klaus Kinski shows up for
about one scene 34 minutes into the flick
(okay, so I was clock-watching) as
a KGB agent named Dracha who wears a really
spiffy white ski outfit and tries to kill
Wahl by employing a ski lift and a Laaz
Rocket. Not classic Klaus, but better than
Much to my disappointment my memory
of this flick was better than the actual
product. Yes, there is a great beginning
on a Philadelphia street near my old stomping
grounds. Yes, director James Glickenhaus
includes a few good twists and exploding
heads. And yes, Steve (AMERICAN NINJA/AVENGING
FORCE) James does get to say to a redneck
in a bar: "You got two choices asshole...duck
or bleed." However, these three minor
shining points do nothing to absolve THE
SOLDIER of its looong uninteresting stretches.