Amazon Warrior (1998)

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Genres / Traits: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Fantasy Adventure, Science Fiction, Sword-And-Sandal, Post Apocalyptic
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Dennis Devine Dennis Devine
J.J. Rodgers J.J. Rodgers
Raymond Storti Raymond Storti
Jimmy Jerman Jimmy Jerman
Christine Lydon Christine Lydon
Kat Facchino Kat Facchino

4.7 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Chad
Added: February 29, 2012
With a title like Amazon Warrior, you pretty much know what you're getting into when you push play. I did, and that's what I was in the mood for today, so I kicked back and hoped for the best. I wanted to see some fight sequences, some scantily-clad women, some more fight sequences, and maybe a monster or two. I got all of that and more, and even though I'll readily admit that it was cheesy as all hell, I can't say that I walked away disappointed.

The storyline takes place sometime in the future, in a time when all of mankind's inventions and technology have been destroyed and forgotten about. What happened to cause this is never explained, nor is it very important. Suffice it to say that mankind has returned to the primitive ways, with their being various clans and groups roaming the country. One of these groups is the Amazon warriors, a group of ass-kicking women who hate all men and want to keep to themselves. That isn't to be on this fateful day, however, as a group of marauders invade their camp and kill all of them off... all of them, that is, except for one eleven-year-old girl who is forced to watch her mother die.

Moving ahead in time, we find that this girl Tara (J.J. Rodgers) is the last of the Amazon warriors, and she makes a living as a mercenary. She is quickly hired to lead the two daughters (Athena Demos and Zia Domic) of a king across the barren wasteland on a "diplomatic mission", and her task is simple: show them safe places to sleep, safe things to eat, and of course, protect them from the roving marauders that would love nothing more than to rape and kill them... and maybe not in that order. Jimmy Jerman co-stars as a muscle-bound warrior in a role that should be left as a surprise to the virgin viewer, and follows is about an hour of fight sequences and women wearing animal-skin bikinis.

Filmed on an extremely tight budget in the California desert, Amazon Warrior is not the kind of movie to pop in if you're looking for high art or even one of the better films in the "ass-kicking women" genre. The fight scene choreography ranges from "pretty good" all the way down to "laughably bad", the monsters come to us courtesy of tire-irons covered in weeds and cheap rubber masks, the random moments of silly humor drag the story down, and speaking of the story, it's so convoluted that the actors have to stop in mid-fight to explain things to us. On paper, it's a stinker of a film... but for some reason, it never lost my interest.

Most of that is thanks to leading lady J.J. Rodgers, who genuinely looks like a woman who could kick your ass and who wasn't afraid to get a little rough with her male fighting companions. Some of the choreography with the swords and the other weapons was a little sketchy, fair enough, but when it was just good old "man (or men) versus woman" fight scenes, she never disappointed. Raymond Storti, the man that she eventually faces in a final battle to the death at the end of the movie, is also pretty good in his role, though his screen time is rather limited. Not sure what happened there, but he should have had more time given how enjoyable he was and the chemistry that he had with Rodgers.

Amazon Warrior is not a great movie, but it hits the spot if you're in the mood for loads of cheese, lots of women in fur bikinis, a handful of boobies, and a whole lot of fight sequences. Basically, if you want to shut your brain off for an hour and witness a lot of action and a little bit of titillation, then you could do a lot worse than this. 5/10.
Griffinheart #1: Griffinheart - added 03/07/2012, 02:48 AM
This sounds ten times better than another movie I once watched. I think it was called: the Piranha Women of the Avocado Jungle of Death...such a terrible movie. They read out the full title every time they needed to reference the women. The name of the movie must have been said two hundred times in under an hour.
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