Road House (1989)

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A bouncer, Dalton (Patrick Swayze) is hired to clear up a rough bar.

I used to be a big fan of Patrick Swayze’s films when I was younger. Yet, I had never seen him in an action role. It is difficult to judge Swayze’s acting ability when he was always famed for playing handsome pretty boys or just for the fact that he was a dancer. Both of these elements perhaps stood in the way of him being taken seriously as more.

When watching this film, I also wasn’t too sure if it was one of those deliberately bad movies. All of the characters are incredibly one dimensional, and while Swayze was certainly written to be the big cheese in this it just fell quite flat. While the fight scenes were numerous they were certainly not creative so if you like fight scenes or just want a good laugh then watch this film.

I also got the vague but uneasy feeling that the evilness and villany of any central character is shown through their excessive use of denim. The script was clunky and most of Swayze’s delivery felt very wooden. That sort of wooden delivery works in drama and romance films but not here because it doesn’t make Dalton look badass. Rather he just comes across as a bit of a plonker.

Unless you are a diehard Swayze fan, I’d say avoid this film, only perhaps watching it for the campy value it brings.

MY RATING: **.5 / *****

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