they go to play The Game... the ninjas quickly shoot one one of the competitors off
of the first rope obstacle. But instead of shooting Jonathan down, Zamir
sets the rope he's climbing on fire and says "Burn you bastard!"...
giving him plenty of time to reach the top before getting burned. They
could've easily shot him down, but you know how movies like these
go... the hero must be given every possible chance to survive for some
reaches the top of the rope and finds a flag ninja. He complains to
the flag ninja, "Hey! They broke the rules, kill them!" and the
flag ninja looks at him as if to say, "Dude, I'm a fucking flag
ninja, my life is obviously worthless. So what the hell do you want me
to do about it?" Classic. So Jonathan keeps running
...and then we see
yet another sad flag ninja. Poor fella.
contestant is killed in action with a spear to the back. That's what
you get for wearing a hideous jogging suit to a big competition like
this, pal. And then guess what we see? That's right...
...another lonely flag
contestants start making it to the deadly gorge one by one, and while
some of them make it across, others get hacked apart by ninjas when
they reach the other side. I think one of the rules of this movie is
that if you wear a jogging suit, you have to die at some point. These
rules apply to real life as well mind you. Jonathan manages to make it
across even though Zamir cuts the rope he's climbing across. Then with
an awkward hook kick, he knocks one of the ninjas into the gorge.
we find Mr. Wondergauntlets himself, Thorg, fighting one of the other
competitors. This competitor is good at martial arts, but he's no
match for the power of Thorg. The fight is unsettling to watch (filled
with the same 2 or 3 sound effects that we've heard throughout the
entiremovie) with Thorg eventually removing his belt and you wonder if
you're about to witness a scene from Deliverance. But no, Thorg,
being the good sportsman that he is, is just using his belt to choke
the poor bastard to death. And man, does Thorg enjoy his dirty work...
seeing that Thorg killed one of the other competitors, Jonathan is
finally fed-up. It's time to bust out some Gymkata on the Thorgster!
Unfortunately for Jonathan, Thorg basically starts pounding the crap
out of him right after he says "The finish line for you is right
here, Cabot." Jonathan then remembers his wise martial arts
masters words about listening to the sounds around you or some shit.
He then ducks just as an arrow from a ninja goes whizzing by his head,
and it hits Thorg right in the heart. Thorg is wounded, but don't
count the big lug out just yet.
prepare for a complete shift in the movie—Jonathan and Thorg are now
headed for The Village of the Crazies! Yes, that's the actual
name of this village, for all of the people who inhabit it are both
cannibalistic, and yes... crazy. Just how crazy are they?
THIS GUY! HE'S CHOPPING OFF HIS OWN HAND! WOOOOO! HE SURE IS CRAZY!
WHY HE'S NOT JUST CRAZY... HE'S CAH-RAY-ZAY!!!
Apparently there is never any sunlight in the Village of the Crazies
either, just a lot of smog. The director is really trying too hard to
make this look like a horror movie, but it's not scary at all. There's
dead competitors and dogs who enjoy drinking their spilled blood
oooooh! But what about crazy people? Sure, there's plenty of them
laughing and cackling from their windows with all sorts of cheezy
horror movie effects, but I want to see some real crazy action.
Oh wait, who's this guy? Could he be crazy?
I'VE SOMETHING TO SHOW YOU!
YES! THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN' ABOUT! PURE UNADULTERATED CRAZY!
I <3 THE VILLAGE OF THE CRAZIES!
fighting his way through some more crazies and boobie traps, Jonathan
runs into what I like to call "the pig room" because... well... it's a
room filled with pigs. Thorg chases him in there, but Jonathan manages
to climb up to a window. Then it's just Thorg versus a bunch of the
crazy villagers in the pig room, and needless to say, they stick him
with their pitchforks. Even his silver gauntlets couldn't save him.
But don't worry about ol' Thorg anymore, for one of the true
highlights of Gymkata is upon us.
runs desperately through the village as more of the crazies chase him
down, and just when it looks like they have him corned... he finds it.
A POMMEL HORSE THAT JUST HAPPENS TO BE RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF TOWN
SQUARE! WHAT LUCK! I couldn't believe it when I first saw it, but
there it was... in the middle of a town of crazies was a piece of
stone gymnastic equipment. And you know what happens next right? Of
course you do...
busts out his über gymnastic whiz-kid skills and goes to town on the
crazies, all of whom are nice enough to take their turn attacking him
one by one. That's what crazy people do... they wait their turn to
attack. The scene goes on and on, and it's one of those things that
makes me proud to be an American. Wait, do "proud" and "embarrassed"
mean the same thing?
realizes that he could spend all day on the pommel horse and the
crazies would still keep attacking him, so he decides to try making a
run for it. He attempts to climb up to the roof, but he starts to get
tired and makes some of the girliest whimpering noises that I've
EVER heard an action movie star make. But wait! There's a flag
ninja up there, minus the flag, and he's helping pull Jonathan up! Who
could it be? Why, it's Jonathan's dad! It turns out his dad was an
undercover agent who was forced to play The Game. Well, they
make a run for it and escape the Village of the Crazies, and then they
have a warm teary-eyed embrace. This gives Zamir plenty of time to
shoot Jonathan's father in the back. Then just before dad passes out
he gives Jonathan all the motivation he needs... "WIN JOHNNY!"
yeah, it's go-time baby. America's gymnastic hero against Parmistan's
#1 bad guy.
American, Jonathan naturally underestimates the power of Zamir and
gets manhandled for the first few minutes. Zamir calls him a "Bastard"
onc again, I guess that's just his favorite bad guy insult. But once
he takes a moment to think before he acts, Jonathan pulls out one of
the most absurd moves in history out of his ass...
eyes do not deceive you my friends... he actually did that.
Jonathan starts flipping around all over the place like a monkey,
knocking down Zamir left 'n right. And then he hops onto Zamir's back
and wraps those mighty olympic legs around his neck...
that's when The Fury of Kurt Thomas™
is unleashed once again. Zamir's neck snaps like a twig and with that,
the future security of America is safe. Jonathan returns to the
village with his dad somehow still alive, but instead of tending to
his father's wounds... he just leaves him suffering on the horse. Why?
Because he wants to be with his lady.
Wars defense program my ass. Gymkata is quite possibly the worst
martial arts action movie you'll ever see. Horrible acting, horrible
directing, horrible sound effects, and a plot that most elementary
school kids would dismiss as being "bullshit". Amazingly, it
somehow played in theatres and had a total domestic gross of
$5,730,596. And as bad as all of
these things about the movie are, that's not even the worst of it. No the worst thing about this insane movie is that
it's actually based on a book.
"The events, characters and firms depicted in this photoplay are
fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or to
actual firms is purely coincidental."