|Copyright 1994 Capcom Entertainment Inc.
| Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 5 June 2005
- Col. Guile - Jean-Claude Van Damme! He is about as understandable as a low quality sound clip.
- Chun-Li - Reporter and ninja. I think that description stands on its own nicely.
- Ken & Ryu - Scam artists who learn a very valuable lesson.
- Balrog and Honda - Both had their careers (boxing and sumo wrestling) ruined by Bison and now they assist Chun-Li in her quest for revenge. Honda apparently went on a diet after leaving his sport of choice.
- Zangief - The bearded Russian wrestler is painfully stupid and frighteningly strong. He wants to be one of the good guys, but is too brainless to figure out which is which.
- Blanka - Bison's experiments turn Guile's buddy into Carrot Top (if the "comedian" were stung in the face by bees).
- Sagat & Vega - An arms merchant and his pretty boy pit fighter.
- General Bison - Raul Julia with lots of padding! I guess that he does a good job of portraying a megalomaniac, but Raul Julia? Killed by exploding televisions.
|Open with a tense news report about a civil war in the fictitious Southern Asian nation of Shadaloo. The megalomaniac warlord General Bison has trained and equipped a private army. Despite intervention by the "Allied Nations" (AN), it appears that the situation will only grow worse. In fact, it already has. General Bison's forces have captured a large number of hostages and a few AN peacekeepers. The hostages are tossed into what looks like a giant metal ashtray, but the peacekeepers are killed by Bison. (Except one, who is taken away to undergo mental and physical experimentation.) As this occurs, Bison watches news reports on his giant multi-television array. The news is mostly Guile raging about how he is going to kick Bison's ass.
We are already in dangerous territory here, folks. Not only is the fantasy country of "Shadaloo" annoying for some intangible reason, but it is also devoid of South Asian people. Genocide? I think not; they were just too lazy to put any work into the setting. The easily identifiable as, but name changed for some unknown reason, UN forces are another mystery. Just call them the United Nations for crying out loud! Then we have Van Damme as Col Guile, leader of the AN forces. Woooooowwwwwwww. (Imagine me shaking my head back and forth.)
Elsewhere in Shadaloo, Ken and Ryu manage to get on Sagat's bad side. Sagat is an arms merchant who also runs a illegal club with a fighting pit. That is where Vega practices dicing people with his metal claw. A big bonus in this scene is that the spectators actually appear to be from Southeast Asia. Anyway, Ken and Ryu tried to sell useless weapons (unless you are ten years old) to Sagat. He discovered the ruse, which means the two hustlers find themselves in the pit with Vega. Before any blood can be spilled, Guile crashes through the wall and places everyone under arrest. Ignore the fact that the Colonel uses an APC with large missiles on its sides (maybe they are pontoons) to smash through a wall.
The plot needed Ken, Ryu, Sagat, and Vega in prison at the same time so that Guile could pick the scam artists for a secret mission. He stages a prison escape (endangering the lives of dozens of the AN troops in the process) that puts Ken and Ryu into Sagat's trust. Bison's too, because the Commander is apparently shot during the escape. Do not worry, Guile is not dead. They were just squibs; the UN always embarks a few squibs. The news makes the evil general so happy that he pauses from designing his new capitol city. Specifically, he was thinking about enlarging the food court.
Chun-Li gets wind of the plan to go after Bison and uses the opportunity to attempt her own revenge. She tracks Sagat to a massive flea market for weapons, then pushes a vehicle full of explosives into the general's tent. The ploy does not work, but Chun-Li, Honda, and Balrog are all captured. Oh, I should also mention that the VBIED distracts Sagat and Bison from a nasty argument. The gun runner had delivered a shipment, only to be paid in "Bison Bucks." The dispute was on the edge of becoming a shooting match when the truck crashed the party.
The captured trio are taken back to Bison's secret lair, where the men are subjected to torture and Chun-Li is dressed out in that absurd outfit and hairdo she wears in the game. I have to say that Chun-Li's appearance in the game being the result of some weirdo fetish of Bison's was quite funny. However, the writers commit an absolute crime during the bedroom encounter between the wronged woman and the megalomaniac. Chun-Li monologues her entire story, laying out why she hates General Bison. Boy, that is lazy writing. Gah!
While Chun-Li is reciting her life story, Ken and Ryu blow their cover by attempting to free Honda and Balrog. This results in hilarity, because the prisoners have already freed themselves and put the would-be rescuers in headlocks. All four go looking for Chun-Li. They find her kicking Bison's butt, until the warlord activates an intruder suppressant system. Everybody falls to the floor, unconscious, as Bison chuckles.
The AN forces are mustering for their assault on Bison's secret hideout (revealed by the tracking device with Ken and Ryu) when a diplomat arrives to negotiate with the insane warlord. The envoy also carries orders to relieve Guile of command. Well, just guess what happens. Come on, this is easy. You got it! The colonel disregards the orders, inspires his men with a quick speech (boy, that was the worst inspirational speech ever), and climbs into his super stealth attack speedboat. The AN negotiator is left on the dock, quite flustered.
Perked your interest with the super stealth attack speedboat, didn't I? Not only is it invisible to radar and possibly to the naked eye (the latter capability is a little uncertain), but it also carries a gatling gun that fires explosive rounds! Guile uses the gatling gun to destroy Bison's river scanning radar, though he alerts the bad guys that something is out of the ordinary. Bison responds by using a sonar system to pinpoint the speedboat and attacking it with mines. In a nod to video games, the mines are controlled by an arcade-style setup. Little quirks (I refuse to call them jokes) like that made me resent this film. Sometimes movies can get away with it, like almost anything starring Leslie Nielsen. Hey, there is an idea! Leslie Nielsen should have played the part of Bison. Makes as much sense as Raul Julia and some of the jokes might have turned out funny.
No need to worry about the AN commander and his team. The super stealth attack speedboat is destroyed by a mine, but they all bail out (the writer thought of the idea while watching "GI Joe"). Guile sneaks through spider and snake infested tunnels before emerging into Bison's secret genetic laboratory. Why do they not have a pest problem in the lab? No idea, because big hairy tarantulas should be crawling out of that grate every now and then. Maybe the general bought one of those ultrasonic pest control devices.
There is a brief encounter between Guile and his old friend, now the mutated creature called Blanka. Nothing much comes of the meeting, so Van Damme goes topside to personally beat the bejeezus out of Bison. The fight is lackluster until our archfiend activates his glowing anti-gravity boots. That allows him to fly back and forth, in an easily predicted parabola. The tactic proves incredibly effective, until Guile realizes that he is fighting a piñata. Bison is thrown into a huge wall covered with televisions, causing the entertainment devices to explode. Time for the happy ending.
Meaning all the characters hugging and looking happy that the battle is over, not the type of "happy ending" other military types might associate with Southeast Asia.
You know, I always seem to notice the movies that are based on video games. This is probably due to the fact that they are pretty much doomed from inception, but they do not have to be. "Street Fighter" suffers far worse than it should have. Whoever did the casting is not without blame, because I was completely floored by some of the choices. However, the writer is who absolutely massacred the film. As a video game movie, the production was already a baby playing with an electrical outlet, but the script floods the room and gives the child a fork. One redeeming factor was that some of the characters did attempt to emulate moves from the game. Granted, they were using artistic license, but the results were not all that bad (well, except for Bison flying around).
I am still waiting for the live action "Dig Dug" movie. A little dude in a biohazard suit inflating giant moles until they pop, what fun!
|Things I Learned From This Movie:|| |
- Never sell tennis ball guns to the mob.
- Safety glass is bullet-proof.
- You can get some really great deals on complex weapon systems if you shop the flea markets.
- Sumo wresters are immune to pain.
- Halon gas systems are intended to suppress fires, but they can also suppress intruders.
- There is a mysterious connection between Martin Luther King and dolphins.
- One hero with a pistol can hold off thirty bad guys with assault rifles.
- Multiple CRT displays are extremely volatile.
- 5 mins - "Way to highlight me. Thanks a lot, sir. I am so freaking dead..."
- 11 mins - You have to wonder what company manufacturers those IV drips for "DNA MUTAGENS."
- 18 mins - The results of this GNC test were never published.
- 42 mins - Please, please, please, please - let the boat's captain be Hulk Hogan.
- 50 mins - Just how many farmers has this guy killed?
- 69 mins - He wants to sniff butts in greeting.
- 86 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A DOUBLE END BAG!
- Bison: "Tell you what. After I've crushed my enemies, we'll see about getting you published. That should cheer you up, hmmm?"
- Dr. Dhalsim: "It was Bison's scientists who warped his body. I did what I could to preserve his mind, to keep him human."
| ||Audio clips in wav format||SOUNDS||Starving actors speak out|| |
||Sagat: "This money isn't worth the paper it's printed on!" |
Bison: "On the contrary, every Bison Dollar will be worth five British Pounds. That is the exchange rate the Bank of England will set, once I've kidnapped their queen."
||Soldier: "A single boat against everything he's got? The pilot would have to be out of his mind." |
Guile: "Luckily, Bison has driven me crazy, so I'm going to do it."
||Guile: "What will prevent him from taking more hostages next month and asking for fifty billion, one hundred billion?" |
AN Envoy: "Colonel, have you lost your mind?"
Guile: "No, you've lost your balls."
||Cammy: "Stealth mode compromised, sir! We're busted. They know we're coming."
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|Jean-Claude Van Damme going manno-a-manno with Raul Julia. Yeah, that sounds like a fair fight.
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Reply #1. Posted on June 14, 2005, 01:09:34 AM by Todd Phillips
One thing to add: the official language of Shadaloo is Esparanto.
Reply #2. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by TheBard
Its rather sad that this is Raul Julia's last film. Even sadder is that a half dead great actor managed to out-act an entire cast.
Reply #3. Posted on June 07, 2005, 07:06:41 PM by Torgo
I still want my 5 dollars back that I wasted seeing this in a theater back when it originally came out.
Reply #4. Posted on June 09, 2005, 11:12:17 PM by Wolf99x
I only dropped the 10 bucks for this movie so that I could deliver an MST3K treatment to it. Needless to say it greatly increased my enjoyment for the film.
Reply #5. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Mick Garris
The best game adaptation ever made (the best computer game adaptation, anyway)! In fact, it's the only decent game adaptation so far. "Kvik! Shange ze shannel!"
Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Neville
The only thing funnier than Jean Claude Van Damme in a videogame adaptation is Jean Claude Van Damme talking about it. I remember watching a TV interview with the man when this film was released and he stated that it was "a combination of Apocalypse Now and Ben Hur". I guess he took the AN part from the Asian setting and the boat up river, but I'm still trying to figure out what he meant with this movie being like Ben Hur.
And no, he didn't look on coke in that particular moment.
Reply #7. Posted on June 05, 2005, 08:50:15 PM by Shane
As owner of the Special Edition DVD, I can say I some what liked this movie. It is just so corny it works, in my humble opinion. I always wanted a more serious fighting Street Fighter close to the game but I guess the complete opposite is just fine!
Reply #8. Posted on June 05, 2005, 08:08:45 PM by Sean
Jean-Claude Van Damme: The Saturday Afternoon Movie King.
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