Movie of the Day – Street Fighter

Alright seriously, what kid in the early 90’s wasn’t excited when they found out that Hollywood was going to turn the now iconic arcade fighting game, Street Fighter, into a major motion picture?  Don’t lie cause you were all excited for this ultimate in cinematic enjoyment.  How pumped were that the “Muscles from Brussels” Jean-Claude Van Damme was going to be high-kicking his way on to the big screen as Guile?  You are lying to your past kid self if you  weren’t excited that the dude from Hard Target, Timecop, Bloodsport, Lionheart, Double Impact and Universal Soldier was going to be playing the best character in a fighting game ever (fuck you and your love of Ryu or Ken).  The best kicker of this cinematic masterpiece was that it was being directed by Steven E. de Souza, who written some of my favorite action movies of all time (Die Hard and Die Hard 2, Running Man, and Commando).  This movie blew my mind back when I was 10, but now looking back on it as a man in his mid-twenties, it fucking sucks.  My nostalgia and childhood feels like it was taken out back to an alley and beaten mercilessly.

Nothings more patriotic than an American Flag Tattoo

Let’s start with the plot of the movie.  Evil warlord M. Bison, played by Raul Julia (RIP sir), holds hostage a group of aid workers and demands that the Allied Nations led by Guile, give up a ransom of $20 Billion.  Guile with aid of a bunch of shoehorned actors that represent the video game characters, try and find a way to rescue the hostages.  You know what, screw it.  I don’t even want to get into the whole side story of creating super soldiers or the double agents that are used to infiltrate Bison’s fortress.

I realize that when this movie came out, it was outright panned by critics, but who gave a shit cause it was an action movie based on a video game.  Those are two of my favorite things and I couldn’t care what anyone said about it.  But wow, time and snarkier sense of humor and this is the ultimate in B-movie enjoyment.  First, since my film experiences have been expanded further than Van Damme and Seagal movies, it is kind of sad to know that Raul Julia made his final movie appearance in this Street Fighter. I guess not much of a high note for a prolific career, but holy shit did he chew the scene in this movie.  He made a terrible script and terrible dialogue into something unique and downright fun to watch.

The kick that ended Raul Julia’s career…too soon 😦

Second, the camp factor.  There is a reason why I look fondly on this movie.  Mainly it was a part of my childhood movie viewing.  I mean I rushed out to the movies when Mortal Kombat hit the big screen so it had some sort of nostalgia feel to me.  Now that I can go back and review the movie again, it is just dripping with terrible one-liners and decent action sequences.  Street Fighter is one of those movies that you will watch, knowing that it is bad, but will watch it none the less and marvel at the fact that this got made. The single best part of the entire movie, is the final hoorah speech that Jean-Claude gives to the troops before they all give a big “fuck you” to diplomacy and decide to risk the hostages lives and storm the fortress.  Bravo Allied Nations, show those pussy real life NATO troops that you won’t take shit from a warlord.

I got to give credit to the movie though, in the sense that it helped really usher in the whole video games as movies trend.  And it has even given me another campy Van Damme movie, so it has that going for it.  If you watched the trailer, you are going to want to watch this movie.

About Nick
I am just another blogger putting his thoughts into a website. My love is movies so most of my musings will be movie related. I work as an online marketer for an advertising company and when I am not earning a paycheck, I moonlight as a vigilante film blogger.

5 Responses to Movie of the Day – Street Fighter

  1. Ipodman says:

    wow, I watched this movie so long ago, I remember very little of it… I think it’s better then the next Street fighter movie tho… o.O Maybe…

  2. Ipodman says:

    Lol…

    Legend of Chun Li is a bad movie… but it’s not THAT bad… haha…

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