More in-depth film festival coverage than any other website!
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 

Overall Rating

Awesome: 0%
Worth A Look: 30%
Average: 10%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap60%

1 review, 4 user ratings

Latest Reviews

Road Not Taken, The by Jay Seaver

Great Battle, The by Jay Seaver

True Fiction by Jay Seaver

Pick of the Litter by Jay Seaver

Fahrenheit 11/9 by Peter Sobczynski

House With A Clock In Its Walls, The by Peter Sobczynski

Life Itself (2018) by Peter Sobczynski

Unity of Heroes by Jay Seaver

Hanagatami by Jay Seaver

Predator, The by Jay Seaver

subscribe to this feed

Strike, The
[] Buy posters from this movie
by Scott Weinberg

"Look what I made with a Camcorder and three kickboxers!"
1 stars

The Strike (a.k.a. Fighting Chance) most resembles a home movie culled together be a few good friends, most of whom are kickboxers. That alone doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie, but the atrocious acting, painfully derivative and generic plot, and laughable screenplay go a long way to convincing you that it’s fairly awful.

I hate to bash on such a clearly low-budget affair, but I owe a miniscule shred of honesty to my devoted reader(s); The Strike is, at every conceivable turn, hilariously bad. Hey, I guess that means it DOES have some entertainment value…

The plot revolves around two kickboxing brothers, one an ex-cop with inner turmoil, and one an aspiring fighter who ends up mixing with the wrong crowd. This plot comes courtesy of about 14 scenes of seemingly endless exposition, all of which is offered by actors who clearly have no aspirations of quitting their day jobs. Every 25 minutes or so, a kickboxing brawl breaks out.

Note to filmmakers: if your audience can see five inches of oxygen between your hero’s foot and your villain’s’re not very good at directing action sequences. Most of the henchmen in this flick seem to drop to the ground through the sheer force of foot-induced wind and forward momentum. Fight scenes shouldn’t induce peals of laughter.

Then the movie takes...a nasty turn. When the younger brother’s girlfriend is kidnapped (in order to blackmail the fighter into...oh, never mind) by a vicious Asian gang, we’re then subjected to some decidedly unsavory rape sequences. How nice. All this in an effort to get our heroes into ‘infuriated kickboxing’ mode…and this they do.

If you’ve ever wondered what a movie created entirely by amateur kickboxers would look like, ponder no further.

Written, directed, and performed by nobody you’ve ever heard of before, The Strike is so low-rent, it’s unlikely you’ll ever picket. (Ha, sorry.)

link directly to this review at
originally posted: 08/15/02 04:59:01
[printer] printer-friendly format  

User Comments

10/02/03 Mike Low budget but ok. I have seen a lot of low budget film and i think it's ok. 4 stars
3/28/03 b-b gun some guy gets killed with a b-b gun in that movie 4 stars
11/05/02 Madmax Seen the film and could tell it was a low budget film. But for a low budget film not bad 3 stars
Note: Duplicate, 'planted,' or other obviously improper comments
will be deleted at our discretion. So don't bother posting 'em. Thanks!
Your Name:
Your Comments:
Your Location: (state/province/country)
Your Rating:

Discuss this movie in our forum

  02-May-1999 (R)



Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About Australia's Largest Movie Review Database.
Privacy Policy | HBS Inc. | |   

All data and site design copyright 1997-2017, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast