Firewalker

1986

Action / Adventure / Comedy

47
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 30%
IMDb Rating 5 10 5066

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Cast

John Rhys-Davies as Corky Taylor
Chuck Norris as Max Donigan
Louis Gossett Jr. as Leo Porter
Sonny Landham as El Coyote
720p.BLU
806.17 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 45 min
P/S 0 / 7

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dch48 8 / 10

I disagree with the one who said Pathetic

I actually think this movie is Norris's best effort to date. I enjoyed it. The interplay between him and Gossett was good stuff and it didn't have much of the martial arts nonsense I hate so much. I give it a 9 out of 10. I liked the story and to me, Chuck was funny. He's a far better actor than Seagal, but then, who isn't? It's kind of a pity Chuck didn't continue along the lines of this movie and went in other directions. None of which, in my opinion, were as entertaining. As a rule, I never watch any movies made by Martial arts people turned "actors" but I made an exception for this one and was pleasantly surprised. Not a classic by any means, but worth watching.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 4 / 10

Fun fights, but the rest is a predictable join-the-dots enterprise

FIREWALKER is a disappointingly pedestrian action-adventure made in the Indiana Jones mould by Cannon. Like other Indiana Jones copies of the mid 1980s including KING SOLOMON'S MINES and ROMANCING THE STONE, I found it a cheesy disappointment, content to emulate rather than doing anything new or fresh. Chuck Norris and Louis Gossett Jr. play a couple of adventurers who come into possession of a treasure map and head south of the border in order to make themselves rich. Unfortunately they find their way hampered by the antics of a larger-than-life bad guy (Predator's Sonny Landham) as well as various low rent thugs who line up to get kicked in the face by Norris. Melody Anderson, of FLASH GORDON fame, is the token female role. This film boasts some fun fight scenes involving Norris's character but bad acting (also from Norris) and generally cheesy join-the-dots style scripting. Despite being a huge fan of the 1980s, I couldn't really get into it.

Reviewed by Wuchak 6 / 10

Low-budget "Raiders of the Lost Ark" in Aztec/Mayan territory

RELEASED IN 1986 and directed by J. Lee Thompson, "Firewalker" concerns two happy-go-lucky fortune hunters (Chuck Norris & Louis Gossett Jr.) who partner with a cute blonde (Melody Anderson) with a treasure map to an ancient Aztec/Mayan/Apache hoard of gold in Central America.

Whether or not you can appreciate this flick depends on if you don't mind low-budget, comic booky Grade B adventures. Right out of the gate it's clear that the soldier-of-fortune buddies don't take grave life-or-death situations seriously, which kills any legitimate sense of realism and suspense. That said, the movie's fun if you can roll with it rather than against it. It's energetic, colorful and genuinely adventurous with lots of action and actors who are obviously having a blast. I've never seen Melody Anderson before, but she's a winsome delight who's easy on the eyes, to say the least. I wish they did more with her, but they do enough.

Towering Native Will Sampson appears as an aged Apache shaman. He was only 51 during filming and surprisingly thin (compared to previous roles), but palpably happy (as opposed to his typical grimness in previous roles). Unfortunately, he would pass away two years later due to complications from heart & lung transplant surgery.

Let me close by saying: While this pales in quality compared to "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), I'd view it before any of the three sequels because, while it lacks their production polish, it's simply more entertaining IMHO.

THE FILM RUNS 104 minutes and was shot in Mexico. MAIN WRITER: Robert Gosnell.

GRADE: C+/B-

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