Reviewed by (winner55)Vote: 9/10/10
Author: plazma_dragon wrote 'The makers of this film tried to combine acomedy movie with an action movie'.
no, that's not what they did. what the wonderful folks at troma did inthis film is to take all the conventions of all Hollywood action filmsset in the contemporary era, and push them to their logical extremes.
the action film is inherently illogical - that's exactly why we watchthem. in the action film you identify with the hero and blow away acriminal as soon as you can, and move on to the next criminal to blowaway.
in real life, if you shoot someone you think is committing a crime, youmay miss and get shot; you may only wound him, in which case you haveto listen to his squeals of pain, and later, in most states, he has theright to come back and sue you for aggravated assault with a deadlyweapon - no joke. and if you do kill him, then you have to justify itto the police, and sometimes to a judge, and you have to listen to hismom weep in agony, and then she sues you for 'wrongful death' and youhave to wonder - was causing so much pain to others and one's selfreally worth it - a question that may haunt you the rest of your life.finally, there's the possibility that he may shoot you - setting asideyour possible demise, there's the problem of getting crippled for therest of your life. you can sue the criminal, but if he's just thecorner thug, you'll never see a penny.
this doesn't mean that you don't shoot the criminal - you may need to -if he's threatening a loved one, and i got a good shot, i certainlywould. but what all this does mean is that you're stuck with all kindsof consequences that never happen to Stallone or snipes or Jackie Chan.
troma takes this basic principle - shoot the guy and move on, hero - tothe extremes. any of the airliner survivors who show compassion aredeemed wimpy and abandoned. the Rambo-wannabe wades into a wholeregiment of enemy soldiers and doesn't get shot. the pacifist priest issadistically tortured and shot in the goriest fashion, condemned to dieby a neo-Nazi for being Jewish - even though he's clearly not - simplybecause the Nazi thinks everyone he kills must be Jewish, since he's aNazi and Nazis kill Jews.
as for the nudity - it is rumored that steven seagal actually used tohave it in his contract that there would be at least one female nudescene in any movie he made. nude scenes are pro-forma to the genre -but since this is troma's war, of course they need to be done asineptly as possible.
one can say that 'this is not my kind of comedy', and leave it alone.however, don't for a minute think these people don't know what they'redoing.
personally i think this movie is a jaw-dropping, over-the-top satire ofthe best kind. i hold back one star because there's no doubt theediting could have been a little tighter.
Reviewed byJakealopeVote: 8/10/10
This movie is a spoof of all those Rambo/Norris/Ahnuld commandobloodbath movies from the 80's. It is very unsubtle, full of cartoonishshootouts where the same bad guy terrorists get mowed down by the goodguy plane crash survivors, some cheesy sex and boob scenes, with anoriginal hard rock background music score. Basically, a random bunch ofpeople crash on a Caribbean Island: punk rocker, Wall Street yuppie,hysterical woman, priest, etc etc; owned by Cuba. The island is aterrorist training camp for a motley bunch of cartoonish terrorists,loosely based on the 80's Communist types. There is a pig snoutedredneck terrorist, a psycho Nazi Jew hating one, Russians, Arabs, aninja, and even two Siamese twin leaders. They are going to land in theUS and undermine us with AIDS and random violence, ala "Invasion USA",I guess. So this motley bunch of survivors, led by an ex AirborneVietnam vet, start kicking some serious butt instead.
There isn't too much of a plot after that, but plenty of gratuitousviolence on the level of Monty Python, with more shootout scenes thanten action movies put together. But the same bunch of terrorists keepgetting mowed down by our heroes. It is funny yet the overkill grows onyou after a while. But it definitely is chock full of special effectsand weapons, especially for a low budget flick.
To call this a politically incorrect movie is a euphemism for a totallybad taste movie. But it does have it's charm, in a cheap, exploitativebut not a stupid way. Definitely not for the weak at heart, while notgory compared to modern horror movies, it has some real bloodyhamburger scenes
Reviewed byMisterWhiplashVote: 6/10/10
Troma's War, about a group of refugees from a plane crash stranded onan island with wild Commandos led by a two-headed politician planningthe extinction of America... is some ridiculous s***.
But for the first two thirds Kaufman and Herz and company manage tofind a balance between the one liners and gags, and the more seriouselements (or at least as serious as a goofy cartoon like Troma can get)such as the commandos on the island who are, behind the jokeySchwarzenegger captain who is funny every time he speaks and the (JesusChrist!) AIDS guy who is out to rape women so they get it, its a warmovie that is intentionally BIG and MANIC and just nuts, but with apurpose.
When Troma's War is at its most impressive and eye catching whenKaufman skewers 80s action movies and Regan era militarism. As an exhippie it's clear he didn't like what he was seeing, in bloated Bmovies and over the top spectacles, so... why not make his own, theTroma way? Where it lost me a bit was in the last third. There is whatfeels like a natural climax like two thirds into the movie, where someof the heroes (like Lost they're not all likable but their bond is aplane crash) save the others from being killed and raped and maimed bythe commandos. and then it just keeps going. And the acting doesn't getbetter.
And not that one should be looking for a totally consistent tone inthis junk food, but there was a better grasp of what the film was andtrying to do for a while. By the time it nears its real climax, there'sstill some more mayhem, relentless violence, all shot and edited withflair even as its with little to no budget (outside of the specialeffects - the highlight for me is a montage of soldiers in trees whoall get shot down and fall off the same way, tree after tree). But itkind of devolves into dumb antics and one liners (and I mean DUMB for amovie by these f****rs), though it's almost saved by a side charactersstunt from a truck onto a boat.
I want to like it more - it's shot with more competency than otherTroma movies, has ambitious and exciting stunts and effects, and up toa point has some really good music (up to a point as in not too muchbut still there crappy 80s songs put over scenes unnecessarily) andthough some of the acting is cheesy and over the top, some of it reallyworks for it being a ludicrous mockery. There's even some arcs forcharacters, like the guy who gets his truck onto the boat at the end.And yet there is a line that, sometimes, Kaufman and Herz have to notcross but do a lot of the time which is the film being the same carnageextravaganza with bullets flying and guts spilling and squibs poppinglike there's no tomorrow and became something like Commando.
But... if you wanna get some buddies together, and are in the mood forsome comic book characters and set ups and pay offs (including aBritish dude who talks like Peter O'Toole and has a shtick with poisondarts), this ain't bad. It's just not AS memorable as Toxic Avenger andNuke em High.
A small group of typical Tromaville citizens find themselves in the path of a terrorist army controlled by the power elite. The freedom of Tromaville and the world is at stake! Troma's War creates new kinds of heroes. A used car salesman, a handsome environmentalist, an obese junk-food gourmand, a seventy-year-old housewife, some sensational young women, a year old jingoistic baby and more sensational women all become deadly soldiers...