The movie opens with your standard post-apocalyptic narration where we are told that it is the year 2025, almost 40 years since the nuclear holocaust, and mankind’s last frail hope lies in a fabled object that is rumored to be able to turn back time, and perhaps undue the evil that has befallen the world. That object is the Spear of Longinus aka The Spear of Destiny.
Note: I wonder why Indiana Jones never bothered hunting this thing down, especially if it can allow time travel, and the fact that Nazis are also after it would have made Indy feel right at home.
This spear, the one that pierced the side of Christ, not only has the power to move one through time, but apparently holds the very power of creation itself. Jeez, the things they don’t teach you in Sunday School. So we are then told (this narration does go on for quite a bit) that a small band of rebels have crossed deep into the Forbidden Zone, a wasteland ruled by the cruel warlord Zaar (David Light), in an attempt to retrieve the Spear of Destiny so that they can go back in time and prevent the nuclear holocaust from ever happening, “Now the lone survivor in this deadly quest is a man called Matthew.”
Richard Norton is truly mankind’s last hope.Using a badass gun, that is clearly more impressive than the titular weapon of Equalizer 2000 that Richard Norton will use the following year, Matthew (Richard Norton) is able to blow several of the warlord’s flunkies to kingdom come, but eventually he is surrounded and captured. He is brought to the fortress of the warlord but before they can lock him in his cell he takes out his guards and escapes to the temple that holds the Spear of Longinus. Zaar and his men charge the temple and the warlord yells out, “Matthew, you cannot succeed in this. Give up. Accept death, Matthew, you know it has been coming to you for a long time.” I hate to Monday morning quarterback evil warlords but if his death was a long time coming why didn’t you kill him earlier, what was the point of bringing him back to your fortress? As it is this just allowed Matthew easier access to the Spear. Great work guys.
Linda Carol) and her boyfriend Slade (Robert Patrick). She’s investigating some ruins that look a lot like the temple from the future, but then she is attacked by some bikers because this wouldn’t be a Cirio H. Santiago film if there wasn’t at least one attempted rape scene (this film has two). Slade tries to fight them off but he is knocked out, then just as she is about to be raped out of the ruins steps Matthew and he kicks some serious ass. He kills the last dude by stabbing him with the Spear which turns that guy to ash.
So the Spear has the powers of creation and cremation.Unfortunately for us Matthew took a round in the chest from one of the bikers and thus he exits the picture. So not so much the savior of humanity as we were led to believe. Before dying Matthew was able to tell Michelle and Slade that he was from the future and informs them that, “This is the spear that pierced the one called Christ. Through the ages only evil powers possessed it. It must be joined with its shaft and held in open view for its dark powers to be broken.” He warns them that bad men will be after it, and that they must find a man by the name of Hightower (Paul Holmes) and finish the mission that he had started. After Matthew dies Slade wants nothing to do with the ramblings of a crazy man, but when a group of thugs, led by white haired behemoth named Bauer (Bob Schott), show up at Michelle’s diner wanting the spear, he decides to help her look for Hightower.
Ed Crick) is willing to take the Spear to Hightower himself and promises to deliver to Hightower. Fielding is sending off “I’m the main villain” vibes so powerful they could probably be seen from space, so even an obtuse Michelle declines his offer. On the drive home they are attacked but armed men in a chase care, but they escape when it turns out their assailants were driving one of those cars that if it slightly jarred it will explode.
Even Pintos were built better than this.So our heroes fly to Hong Kong for their first leg of the journey in finding Professor Hightower. They are met at the airport by an old friend of Slade’s named Liu (Bruce Le), who Slade had asked to look into a temple that Professor Hightower was last seen at, and when Slade and Liu go to check it out they are confronted by a Kung Fu master (Jang Lee Hwang). This standard white haired Chinese Kung Fu master tells them that this is a place for the dead, and if they stay they will both be dead, but Slade is your standard ugly American and he responds, “This is my only chance to see this place. I’m leaving tomorrow, and we’re not looking for any trouble, and besides I was in the Marines.” And Slade than proceeds to get his ass kicked by the Kung Fu master until Liu steps into save the day.
This is a Kung Fu Master.Liu happened to have a set of nunchaku in his socks, as I assume every guy in China does, and is able to hold his own for a while, but then out of the blue a sniper takes out the Kung Fu master. Liu tells Slade they better run as that shot was meant for him. Overall this scene adds nothing to the plot and is basically there so we could het a martial arts scene. This of course could be said of many scenes in this movie.
Meanwhile back at the hotel Michelle is attacked by some Chinese thugs who want the Spear and plan to rape the information out of her. Slade and Liu arrive in time to prevent things getting to ugly and lay a beat down on the thugs; they interrogate the head thug (as in beat they information out of him) and find out that the place Professor Hightower was heading was the fabled Venus Valley. Michelle has heard of this place informing the guys that, “It is said to be fiction not fact, it is said to be located somewhere in South East Asia. Inhabited by Amazon female like warriors called Kasady, they are a newly founded tribe.” Wait, how can you have a newly founded tribe of mythical Amazons? And aren't Amazons by definition female? So what the hell does “female like warriors” mean?