Let me say up front that I really, really wanted to love this movie. To hear that it was a film shot in South Africa that was banned by the apartheid government made it a film you wanted to watch to find out why. After watching all I could think of was why they found this film to be the least bit subversive.
The story is fairly simple. A local soccer team, the Eagles, has a chance at winning the championship. The problem is that local gangsters want to make sure they don't, going so far as to murder their coach. With the police no help they turn to the only man who can save them, Joe Bullet (Ken Gampu).
A sort of combination of Superfly, Shaft and Superman, Bullet is someone who knows how to deal with mobsters. In addition to becoming a protector for the team he also becomes their trainer, making sure they stay in tip top shape. With his expert martial arts skills and wily ways he will make sure that they not only get to the championship playoffs but win as well.
But you can't be in all places at all times. Eventually the mobsters kidnap not only two of the best members of the team but Bullet's love interest as well. Never a smart move when it comes to going after a hero. Now Bullet must use all his skills to find the team members and save the girl before the game begins.
I understand that the budget for this film had to be nearly non-existent but it shows on screen how low it was. Not only that but the locations are not the best looking spots in the world, which doesn't say a lot for South Africa. More dirt is on display here than any movie I can recall. Even the soccer field offers little color to the film.
The acting isn't much to talk about either. Even Gampu, who had roles in major films like THE NAKED PREY, ZULU DAWN, THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY and KING SOLOMON'S MINES, comes off pretty bad here. He may have known martial arts in real life but what you see on display here leaves much to be desired.
Still the film received some notoriety due to its ban in South Africa. That alone makes it a film worth at least taking a glance at. And honestly there are much worse films out there (look for my write up on THE CREEPING TERROR soon). Action fans might enjoy a few moments here and those who love to take a look at world cinema will find something to watch. As for most the odds are you won't enjoy it.
When local soccer team The Eagles fall prey to a series of onslaughts from a mysterious gangster only a week before the championship final, the team turns to the one man that can help save their chances at victory - Joe Bullet (Ken Gampu). Joe will have to battle against villainous henchmen, escape booby-trap bombs and bring his martial arts expertise to the fore in order to survive an attack from a deadly assassin. In the end he will have to infiltrate the mysterious gangster's hide-out in a dangerous cat-and-mouse rescue mission to save not only The Eagles' two kidnapped star players, but that of his beautiful love interest, Beauty (Abigail Kubeka). The odds will be stacked against him, but he's the man that fights crime, the man that no one can tie down! Joe Bullet!
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