McBain (1991)

McBain (1991) 103min | Action, Drama, War | 20 September 1991 (USA) Summary: Santos attempts to lead a people's revolt in Colombia to overthrow the oppressive El Presidente. When his revolt fails and he is killed, his sister Christina goes to New York to find McBain... See full summary¬†¬Ľ
Countries: USALanguages: English

The team at RiffTrax kindly joined us once more for this nostalgic walking simulator set in the early Nineties. Christopher Walken is McBain, Bobby McBain in fact, but hardly anyone calls him Bobby except for the guy who dies very early on in the movie.

Once more, dear reader, I find myself hardly knowing where to begin in describing this movie. But of course, you know I will try to do so anyway.

Santos saves McBain’s life in Vietnam, so he owes him a favour. Many years later, when McBain is working in New York, that man’s sister comes all the way from somewhere in South America to find him. The man to whom McBain owed the favour is dead, killed by an evil dictator whilst trying to overthrow the despicable regime.

Luckily, despite having no real assets to speak of, McBain is able to throw together a crew, steal a large amount of money and buy enough military supplies to enable a complex subplot involving some aeroplanes and somewhere to land them. I’m not entirely certain about what happened there, but it just did, okay?

Eventually, the sister is able to lead a successful revolution and is hailed as the new hero of the vaguely referenced country. I guess that it’s just a shame that Santos didn’t call in his favour from McBain before he went and led a desperately unsuccessful revolution in the beginning…

I would like to say that watching this movie was like playing one of the Far Cry games, but actually only if Far Cry was inexplicably made into a walking simulator and played on easy mode. McBain himself does almost nothing except connect people and then saunter through each scene, often without much dialogue. I rather liked it, but in a weird way.

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