REVIEWS: Action & Thrillers — May 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

REVIEW: Texas Payback (1996)

Louis Gentry (Sam Jones) is your hero – a tall, handsome Texas Ranger. He’s a great shot too, and he’s in love with a Las Vegas singer Angela (Kathleen Kinmont). Gentry is chasing bad guys one one side, and building a nice little ranch for his soon-to-be family on the other side.

Since this is no love story, we’ve also got a ruthless villain in the face of Cody Giles (Gary Hudson) – a convicted killer, who has recently escaped and now plans his revenge on Gentry who put him behind bars in the first place.

Cody of course has his allies to rely on: his trigger-happy crazy brother Jimmy (Patrick St. Esprit) and a mountain of a man, mercenary Billy (Nicholas Oleson).

Cody compiles a plan of attack on Gentry and his fellow Texas Rangers, while Gentry, along with his friend, Sheriff Bishop (Bo Hopkins) have to figure out where Cody would strike first, and try to stay a step ahead of the killers.

Prior to “Texas Payback”, director Richard W. Munchkin directed “Deadly Bet” with Jeff Wincott in 1992 and “Fists of Iron” with Matthias Hues and Michael Worth in 1995 – those I consider his best films.

Compared to these martial arts flicks, “Texas Payback” is a simple action movie, which doesn’t pack that much action in the first place.

While Munchkin’s directing is just as good as in his previous movies, the film itself doesn’t offer much of the “b-movie” entertainment that we expect.

Sam Jones, who previously worked with Munchkin on “Fists of Iron” started to slowly get out of shape after 1995, and “Texas Payback” shows it. Bo Hopkins on the other hand is just as good as in any other film I’ve seen him in.

Michael Delano, Sam Jones and Nicholas Oleson all worked with Munchkin a year before on “Fists of Iron”.

Among Munchkin’s movies, this is a rather weak entry, as he’s still better at making martial arts movies (Ring of Fire, Deadly Bet, Fists of Iron) than simple action flicks like “Texas Payback”.

For this kind of film, there are not enough shootouts, and even less fights, which are less than impressive, since there are no martial artists involved. Forgettable.



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