Action Jackson (1988)
Note from the author: This is the first in a series of tributes to cheesy action movies of the ’80s and early ’90s. Rather than in-depth recaps or straightforward reviews, these will contain a brief synopsis followed by a longer list of highlights, notes, and observations.
This movie is a real anachronism: it has the look of an ’80s action epic, but the style and tone of a ’70s action film, the kind that would probably star either Fred Williamson or Jim Brown. Carl Weathers plays Jericho “Action” Jackson, a one-man wrecking crew who’s been taken off the streets after nearly tearing off a sex offender’s arm. When reminded of this, Jackson’s excuse is, “He had a spare!”
Yep, we’ve got another Dirty Harry clone on our hands here, only this time, unlike some other action films of the era, it’s played pretty much for laughs. No one takes this movie overly seriously, one of the things that makes Joel Silver a lot better than the Cannon guys. Well, that, plus talent, money, and creativity.