(Originally reviewed: 14/02/2017) It's stupid it's unoriginal it's hilariously implausible but unlike most modern action films; I enjoyed it for its sheer fun level. Drop Zone steals material from film's like Point Break and Passenger 57; but that does not necessarily mean it cannot be a fun if stupid little action picture. Snipes (Pete Nessip) is hilarious in the lead role; sometimes I can't tell if he's playing himself or actually acting, but he is tremendously likable anyway. Busey (Ty) plays the villain and he looks like he's enjoying himself and personally I think he was decent; then there's Yancy Butler (Hard Target) who plays Jessie; a skydiver on parole that Snipes's character becomes diving buddies with; and she is pretty good. The supporting cast are fairly decent and John Badham's action sequences are entertaining and well filmed.
However there are plot holes and flaws all over the place; including the opening scene which not only shows an amateur criminal prison break but also shows Busey getting shot twice in the back, and there's no sign of a bulletproof vest but moments later he is okay, not a scratch on him; I can't just put this under the rug and I feel it's stupid, poor and should be pointed out.
There's some noticeably bad dialogue and a joke at the start involving Cat Protection which wasn't funny like the screenwriters thought it was; there's even a scene where a parachute does not open and the guy somehow survives; which is scientifically impossible considering the height he fell from; but in the end I just went with it, because the film knows it's stupid but can still deliver a brisk pace; some good action sequences; (including Snipes beating up some arrogant skydivers in a toilet) and strong entertainment value; all in all I enjoyed Drop Zone; sure it rips off better films; however it at least keeps It's aims clear and it's sense of humour during the action very subtle and its action sequences entertaining; I've seen better but I've also seen much worse; Drop Zone will bring out the 90's action nostalgic in those who remember when action films were mostly fun, unlike some of the drab we get nowadays.
A team of skydiving crooks led by DEA-agent-turned-bad 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.
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