Saturday, February 20, 2016
A former Special Forces officer, Bulletproof earned his nickname because of his uncanny ability to survive being shot 39 times (he removes the slugs from his body himself and keeps them in a Mason jar!). Played by the one and only Gary Busey (THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY), McBain is recruited by his old Army boss to parachute into Mexico and find an Arab dictator named Kartiff (Henry Silva), who has kidnapped some American soldiers and hijacked a top-secret nuclear-powered tank called Thunderblast. Wouldn’t you know that McBain’s old flame, Devon (Darlanne Fluegel), is among the captives.
Packed with intentional humor among the chases and explosions, BULLETPROOF comes darn close to parody on occasion. Dozens of bad guys, spraying the air with machine gun fire, are unable to hit their Busey-sized target, even at close range, while McBain can blast ‘em back with just a couple of shots. McBain also has the strange habit of calling people “butthorns,” a term the writers probably thought would become part of our daily vocabulary. For all the humor and over-the-top action, though, an off-screen rape seems out of place here.
Presumably meant as a directing project for Ray, BULLETPROOF was helmed by journeyman Steve Carver (AN EYE FOR AN EYE), who put the scenery-crunching supporting cast through the paces. In addition to hams Busey and Silva (MEGAFORCE), you get Thalmus Rasulala (BLACULA) as Bulletproof’s “Murtaugh,” Rene Enriquez (HILL STREET BLUES), R.G. Armstrong (RACE WITH THE DEVIL), L.Q. Jones (LONE WOLF MCQUADE), Luke Askew (THE WARRIOR AND THE SORCERESS), Lydie Denier (SATAN’S PRINCESS), Mills Watson (THE MISADVENTURES OF SHERIFF LOBO), Lincoln Kilpatrick (HOLLYWOOD COP) as Bulletproof’s angry black superior officer, William Smith (RUN, ANGEL, RUN), and the rare sighting of Danny Trejo (SPY KIDS) wearing a suit.