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The Secret of the Sword

"I've got that flying horsey in my sight" He-Man & the Masters of the Universe was a massive hit toy line and a massive hit animated TV series. He-Man ruled the airwaves in the 80s and it would only make sense to not only make a feature length theatrical film but also a new spin-off series with a new character! The film follows Price Adam/He-Man as he embarks on the search for his twin sister. Turns out that a new villain by the name of Hordak had kidnapped He-Man's twin sister shortly after birth and taken here to another dimension on a planet called Etherea. No one knows what happened to the little girl, Adora. But, with this information and with a magical sword, He-Man is on his way to find Princess Adora.  What much can be said of "The Secret of the Sword", it's not necessarily a film for cinemas as there is nothing special enough about the movie for it to warrant a theatrical release, other than the length of the film. The animation remains the

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance

I like the original Samurai Cop. It is cheesy, poorly written, horribly edited, and the acting is some of the worst I have ever seen. But for all those negatives I enjoy the movie because the movie was made with a lot of heart.

Samurai Cop 2 was not. The goal here is to spend as little money as possible to goad people into thinking that lightning was struck again. It wasn't. The movie tries very hard to be a bad movie. It is apparent that the makers watched the first movie a lot because they throw a lot of references at us, but they make a very crucial error. Fans of the first Samurai Cop know the movie forwards and backwards so these references will be caught, but the makers don't think that highly of us so any time a reference is made we see the original scene just in case.

Outside of the shameful reference call outs, the movie is just bad. All of the negatives that I listed for the first movie apply here, but the heart is missing. Sure, it is nice to see the actors back, but the acting is atrocious. You know you are watching a bad movie when there are thirty plus actors in this movie and the "best" acting comes from Joe Estevez and Bai Ling.

Samurai Cop 2 belongs next to Birdemic 2 as a sequel that was completely unnecessary. The makers try to make a bad movie and fail. What they should have done was make a serious movie. They might have actually been able to do it.


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