One Man Force (Trevillion, 1989) takes all the rogue cop movie tropes we have ever seen, turns them up to 11, blows out their back windows, shoots them in the face, ties a rope to them, throws them off a cliff, jumps off the cliff after them, douses them in kerosene, and lights a cigarette over their smoldering ashes. Yes, it is that insane.
You might be inclined to think that it must also be terrible. You would be wrong. The writer and director Dale Trevillion clearly had a cockeyed vision. And in star John Matuszak he had a man-mountain able enough to achieve that vision. In a world awash in drugs and money, one man stands alone against these evil forces. Who cares if he doesn’t have probable cause, or a search warrant, or proof, or backup, or a safety on his gun? (We all should care.) Give yourself over to the movie’s pleasures and go with it. You’re welcome!
What you’ll find in this episode: observations on art versus entertainment, whether Lyle Alzado and John Matuszak were the same person, and why it is so fun to cruise with the Tooz.
Links and Recommendations:
Check out One Man Force on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of Chuck Norris vs. Communism.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Fateful Findings.
Herbie Hancock demonstrates the Fairlight CMI to some special audiences.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s 1989 Annual Report.