Monday, March 23, 2009

Forgotten Classic?


Occasionally, HBO and other movie channels will revive action films from our past for a month at a time. Most recently, HBO had made a point of playing Die Hard 2 once a day (I watch it almost every time because I have had so many John Mclain type moments in my own life. It’s very relatable). Anyways, I have been extremely stoked by this business plan and my excitement reached a fevered pitch when I saw that Drop Zone would be playing this month. Yes, the same Drop Zone that successfully put an end to skydiving related story lines. Here is a quick synopsis;

A team of skydiving crooks led by DEA-agent-turned-bad guy Gary Busey specialize in landing on police roofs and breaking in so their evil computer nerd can steal undercover agents' files and sell them to drug lords. Federal Marshal Snipes lost a brother to this crew and learns skydiving with the help of tough-but-lovable instructor Butler so he can track them down. DIE HARD meets PASSENGER 57 meets CLIFFHANGER

That plot summary pretty much nails the general theme of the film. What the plot summary fails to cover is all the little things that make this movie, in my opinion, a classic. Some of those things include;

Wesley Snipes parachuting. The acting that Wesley did in a wind tunnel is amazing.

The computer hacker is this guy

The scenes were Gary Busey pulls up (what I imagine being pretty hi tech for 1994) a computer schematic that shows their parachuting plan. It looks like an Atari game.

The fact that there is a gang of skydivers.

The greatest part though is when Gary Busey is sick of one of the gang members not performing to his expectations. On a training jump Busey puts his feet in the top of another guys chute and directs him into power lines, effectively killing him. That in and of itself is great, but it is made ten times better when he lands and you see that he is wearing Zubaz and a black mesh tank top.
Artisic representation

Seriously, if you have a chance, treat yourself. Actors like Gary Busey are in Zubaz maybe once in a lifetime and you will be kicking yourself if you never see this.

1 comment:

chuck destruction said...

I love when busey guides that guy to the power lines making him look like a monster (gary busey should be the villain in every late 80s-mid 90s movie). I also love the wesley snipes fight seen in the bathroom and the mass jump where everyone links together.