The Annihilators (1985)

The Annihilators (1985)

Directed by: Charles E. Sellier Jr.

Starring: Jim Antonio, Sid Conrad, Gerrit Graham

I feel like I’ve seen a thousand of these “ex-soldiers band together to save a small town” movies, but The Annihilators is probably the best of them. Which isn’t saying much, but hey, at least it’s better than it could’ve been.

A squad that fought together in Vietnam get called in to avenge the murder of one of their squadmates at the hands of a brutal gang that’s terrorizing the small town. So they kill the bad guys, pretty much.

What sets this (ever-so-slightly) apart from the rest of the crowd is the choreography and the fact that it’s actually not an unbelievable escalation of forces. There aren’t any bazookas or exploding buildings in this film, it’s mostly knives and handguns, and people die and get seriously injured on both sides of the fight. Also, one of the guys had an interesting fighting style that mostly revolved on him throwing his entire body at people to knock them down, then kick the shit out of them. It’s funny how almost no action movies besides kung fu actually give a character an interesting style of fighting.

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