Troma's War (1988)

DVD Cover (Troma Entertainment)
Michael Herz Michael Herz
Lloyd Kaufman Lloyd Kaufman
Carolyn Beauchamp Carolyn Beauchamp
Sean Bowen Sean Bowen
Rick Washburn Rick Washburn
Patrick Weathers Patrick Weathers
Jessica Dublin Jessica Dublin

5.7 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Genres: Action, Action Comedy, Adventure, Adventure Comedy, Comedy, Parody / Spoof
A small group of typical Tromaville citizens find themselves in the path of a terrorist army controlled by the power elite. The freedom of Tromaville and the world is at stake! Troma's War creates new kinds of heroes. A used car salesman, a handsome environmentalist, an obese junk-food gourmand, a seventy-year-old housewife, some sensational young women, a year old jingoistic baby and more sensational women all become deadly soldiers... --IMDb
Review by Christopher
Added: January 24, 2005
Tromaville Airlines undergo some engine problems and crash into what seems like a deserted island. When two of the survivors, Taylor and Hardwick, wander the island, they discover that there's a large group of terrorist army soldiers on the island. When they begin to leave the crash site, a small piece of the soldiers arrive. One of the survivors runs to them as if she's being saved. Reverend Brown and the flight attendant race after her to bring her to safety. She soon gets shot by the army and the two helpers are captured. While the rest of the survivors are walking through the woods, a solider walks by. They kill him and take his guns. Another walks by and they repeat the process. Now with some firing ammo, they are a little more prepared for the battles they are about to counter.

Reverend Brown is being questioned at one of the terrorist camps by the one that's in charge at that particular base, Captain Schweinhart. He keeps referring to the reverend as a jew. Schweinhart believes that him and survivors are actually military commandos that are trying to ruin the terrorists plans of world domination. Back in the woods, Parker (the only one who seems to know a thing or two about guns) gathers up a bunch of artillery from the soldiers he had to slaughter. Their first battle begins shortly after obtaining such weapons. During the battle, a handful of the survivors get captured and brought to the same base as the reverend and flight attendant. The flight attendant is pushed off a high tower to scare the newly captured survivors into discussing the arrival of the commandos.

Schweinhart is told by just about everyone that there is no commandos. After not believing them, he starts to send the captured women off with his men and also beats a few of the men. All that comes to an end when the few remaining survivors that haven't been captured run into the camp and take everyone out. After they suiting up with even more guns, they begin to get ready for the final battle in the morning. During this time, one of survivors decides to give himself up to the terrorists to try and save himself. He convinces one of the higher in command to let him help the cause. Once in with the terrorists, he announces over an intercom that it's all ben a big understanding and that they should come down unarmed. They don't buy it and continue with the plans.

When morning arrives, the terrorist plan to take a large number of their soldiers into America to poison the drinking water from coast to coast. The way there would be by boat. The survivors figure out a plan to destroy the boat. Which would be to drive a truck filled with explosives into the boat, destroying it and the terrorist. Once the driving volunteer gets shot before taking off, it seems as if their plan is ruined. As the final war is going on, one of the men that stayed back decides to hop in the truck and give it a go. But it's only a matter of seconds before his back-up seem to be out of luck. It seems like only a matter of time before the victors are the terrorists.

Not being big on war films, this one in particular only appealed to me due to the directors. But it seemed as if they're were trying to shoot for a serious movie. Even though it did have comedy in it here and there, it just didn't seem like the usual style of Kaufman and Herz. There were tons of corny punch lines. Like when one of the survivors threatens to kick Schweinhart's ass, after Schweinhart defeats him he says "You kick my ass? I kick you!" and then kicks him in the groin. Or when a terrorist that seems to be heavy into martial arts starts showing off his moves in front of Hardwick. Hardwick punches him one time in the face and knocks him out. Afterwards he says "All show, no blow."

A lot of the characters also bugged me. Such as the first survivor to get shot by a terrorist. She was an annoying christian that kept repeating how she's been good all her life and doesn't deserve to die. She wouldn't stop screaming for even a second. If she was meant to be insanely intolerable, she played her part perfectly. Jennifer, a female who lost her eye sight in the crash. She got herself a gun and managed to shoot several people by holding on to an arm of one of the other survivors and just shooting aimlessly. Even when she was alone on a rooftop, her hearing was so good she was able to shoot terrorists from a mile away. Can't forget to mention her great quote before the final battle, "Just point me in the right direction, I'll blow their balls off."

There was a really awesome character though that was called the Twins. Two men that were joined at the face. It didn't look real, but it was so nicely done. By far the best character in the film. One of the major things the film had going for it was the killings. Every gun shot wound had blood oozing out of it, which made it look quite realistic. The men getting shot didn't usually do a good job though. After getting shot they would slowly fall to the ground, then twitch for awhile before dying. Not sure if this was also done on purpose, but it was quite uncalled for. Sadly enough, this is one of Kaufman's most expensive films and it ended up being one of the few not many people enjoy, including myself. Though it did have its moments and it's still very watchable.

Final Conclusion: 6/10
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