Lethal Force (2001)

Genres - Action  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Lethal Force is a unique entry in the world of no-budget filmmaking because it bypasses the horror and exploitation genres to focus on action. The end result suffers from some of the problems that typically hamper no-budget films: the big flaws are some weak performances (namely Frank Prather's emotionless lead turn) and the fact that the end result often feels disjointed in terms of tone and storytelling. That said, Lethal Force will entertain any fan of no-budget filmmaking because it makes up for its flaws with plenty of energy and action. Writer/director/star Alvin Ecarma wisely limits his story to 70 minutes and packs every minute with color, offbeat characters and plenty of action. The action sequences are the highlight, making up for their lack of polish with plenty of audacity and an endearingly demented style of action that falls halfway between a John Woo movie and a Tex Avery cartoon. All in all, Lethal Force probably won't travel well outside of cult movie circles but anyone who can appreciate a homegrown, fan-made genre effort will find something to enjoy here.