AKA: Marine Issue
Directed by: Craig T. Rumar
Starring: Michael Paré, Tawny Kitaen, Tony Bingham, Peter Crook, Eddie Avoth, Scott Del Amo, and Charles Napier
Scott Youngblood (Pare) is a Marine with an impeccable record - a true American hero.
When he hears that his sister Kim (Bridges) is in trouble and mixed up
with evil gangsters/drug runners Dutch (Del Amo) and Silke (Avoth), he
travels to Madrid to save her. Sadly, he’s too late. Dutch and Silke
killed her, as part of their phony modeling/prostitution scam. Now
burning with revenge, he finds a contact in Spain, Jake (Crook) and
together they go looking for Dutch and Silke.
the death of Kim, a new model has come in to take her place, Virginia
(Kitaen), but Youngblood tries to rescue her from her dismal fate.
Because Youngblood is a model Marine, he realizes some of his tactics
may be contrary to the code of ethics of the Corps, so he goes to Maj.
Davis (Napier) and resigns. Davis is confused, but warily trusts
Youngblood. Now totally
rogue, Youngblood is free to dispense some INSTANT JUSTICE.
You’ve heard of Instant Oatmeal. Now prepare yourself for Instant Justice.
Pare puts in a Dolph Lundgren-esque performance as the wooden,
no-nonsense Youngblood (you gotta love those hero names). The fact that
he’s the ultimate Marine allows for some classic 80’s patriotism along
with the barfights and one-liners. Not to mention the car chases with rockin’ guitar solos. It’s nice to see Tawny Kitaen,
who doesn’t appear in a lot of these types of movies, along with
familiar faces like Napier and Pare. Kitaen’s hair certainly typifies
the “big” style of the time.
This was Director/writer/producer
Craig Rumar’s only film to date. Surely he was inspired by the action
boom of the day. His story of a lone hero
who tries to go to the authorities and go through the proper channels
but comes up against maddening bureaucracy and has to take on the
alone is always a nice story to see. But, it must be noted that one Anthony "Tony" Bingham steals the show as Sgt. Walker. For no conceivable
reason, Pare tells him he has stains on his uniform. Bingham’s line,
delivered in a way that is a classic for the ages, replies, and I quote,
“My hamburger spilled ketchup”. I’ll just let you mull that over in
your mind for a while. We rewound that great cinematic moment.
is a man of action with an 80’s soundtrack behind him (not the least of
which is “Danger in the Streets” by Lee Hart). While maybe some of the
talkier/unnecessary bits could have been trimmed, making the movie just a
bit leaner and meaner, Instant Justice is a decently entertaining and
typically-80’s action film - and that’s just what we’re normally after.
Comeuppance Review by: Ty and Brett
NOTE: On January 27th, 2013, we got the following email from the one and only Tony Bingham:
I read your review of the movie Instant Justice and I appreciate your
comment regarding my performance of Sgt Walker. At the time, I was
assigned to Torejon AB (just outside of Madrid, Spain) while serving in
the US Air Force. I was lucky enough to get involved getting this role
and had a lot of fun doing it. I also had one other scene where Michael
Pare's accomplice crashes through the gate, I'm the one shooting at them
and jumping out of the way of the gate as the car crashes through it.
Thanks to Tony Bingham for this contribution.