There are numerous films that when you mention them, you are met with laughter with the majority. But to the fan of those works, you are met with a deep adoration. Action films tend to fill this category. While there are a few films labeled as classics, there are plenty of diamonds in the rough, just waiting to be re-discovered. Olive Films comes to our rescue with the biker/undercover cop flick STONE COLD starring Brian Bosworth.
As my father was a true blue (and green) fan of the Seattle Seahawks, I was aware of Bosworth from a young age. This flashy linebacker was a monster on the field (for a short time), a controversial mouthpiece, and his shaved sides of his head just added to the mohawk/mullet combo. He was an immediate star, so it wasn’t a shock when he made the jump to the silver screen. His presence jumped off the TV screen, so it would be explosive when on a bigger medium. Sadly, after scathing reviews, the film debut of The Boz flopped, pulling in only $9 million off a $25 million budget.
What I remembered from having seen it as a kid, was that the film was full of one liners, and crazy action pieces, with some awesome looking bikes. Revisiting it twenty plus years later, I found that yes, it had all of that, but the film also was a ton of fun! Though it was released in 1991, it felt like an exploitation film straight out of the late 70’s, early 80’s. And had it been released then, more would hold it aloft with praise.
Following Joe Huff, an undercover cop on suspension, gets recruited by the FBI to infiltrate a biker gang known as the Brotherhood. The Brotherhood is an Aryan affiliated group that is making names for themselves in the underground, especially when one of their senior members murders a pastor mid-wedding. Huff takes on the persona of John Stone, a hard hitter just out of prison, wanting to make some money quick. He fits in with the Brotherhood quickly, despite naysaying from a senior member, William Forsythe as Ice. But leader, Chains (Lance Henriksen) can only see a means to his ends when he looks at Stone.
Released two months prior to POINT BREAK, the two films share many similarities, yet while one was a hit and lauded, the other quietly rode away on its Harley. I feel that this is a shame, as while POINT BREAK does a great job of showing camaraderie, STONE COLD goes balls to the wall when it comes to the action. Hell, if it wasn’t for this, we probably wouldn’t have seen motorcycles fly into helicopters, which would be a huge shame.
Olive Films does a great job making the film look and sound great. The transfer is crisp, and the soundtrack filled with mid-to-late 80’s metal and hard rock booms. For those of you that haven’t seen it, it is worth it to check it out, but sadly, as it is Olive Films, we don’t get any extras. I would love a few interviews with the cast and crew, and a commentary or two.
STONE COLD is available on Blu-Ray from Olive Films as of June 23rd, 2015.