Owen Gleiberman
March 29, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Perfect Weapon

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
83 minutes
performer
Jeff Speakman, Mariska Hargitay, John Dye, Mako
director
Mark DiSalle
distributor
Paramount Home Video
author
David C. Wilson
genre
ActionAdventure, Drama

We gave it a D

The gimmick in The Perfect Weapon is that the kick-ass hero (newcomer Jeff Speakman) practices a form of karate known as kenpo, in which the traditional arm and leg thrusts are broken up into lots of tiny machine-gun movements. During the fight scenes, it sounds as if a hundred watermelons were being clobbered at once. Other than that, it’s business as usual, with the all-American Speakman proving the most generic vigilante this genre has spawned yet.

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