Rapid Assault (1997) Movie Review


Rapid Assault is a by-the-book action film.

Director: Fred Olen Ray

Writer: Sean O’Bannon (Screenplay)

Cast: Tim Abell, Jeff Rector, Lisa Mazzetti, Arthur Roberts, Don Scribner, Harrison Ray

Plot: A terrorist creates a biological weapon in an abandoned undersea lab. A government operative is dispatched to confiscate the weapon and eliminate the terrorist. This lone Navy SEAL must undertake a dangerous underwater mission to stop a madman from unleashing a deadly toxin that could destroy the world.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Rapid Assault starts in the aftermath of Lars Rynark (Scribner) stealing biological weapons. The government turn to Navy SEAL James Decker (Abell) to lead a mission to take back the weapons.

Decker is joined by David Phillips (Rector) as they look to infiltrate the base. Joined by escaped prisoner Angela Strichman (Mazzetti). They must navigate the base and elude capture. Looking to save the day from the terrorist waiting to use the weapons on US soil.

Thoughts on Rapid Assault

Rapid Assault is an action thriller that looks like a cheaper version of ‘The Rock’. Seeing a Navy SEAL pair needing to get into a base, to stop a biological threat. It will offer up twists along the way, without being anything we haven’t seen before.

When it comes to the action, we have the safe action. Decker needs to take on more difficult threats as the film unfolds. The military watching on, waiting for the right thing to do, works well, even if they look helpless.

The performances in the movie are fine. Nobody shines, Tim Abell isn’t the cool or ruthless leading man. Don Scribner isn’t the most menacing villain.

If you want to watch the movie, it is here.

Final ThoughtsRapid Assault is a simple TV action movie, easy to watch.

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