Picks and Pans Review: Silent Rage

updated 05/10/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/10/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Silent Rage, an apt description of Chuck Norris' dramatic presentation, is his sixth film but the first done with a major studio (Columbia). It shows. The production values are much better than those in his previous martial arts epics—The Octagon, An Eye for an Eye and A Force of One. The script, for once, is not laughable, and the acting is good, especially Ron (Baker's Dozen) Silver as a scientist with a conscience and Stephen (Animal House) Furst as Chuck's droll sidekick. There's even a convincing romantic interest between Norris and Toni (I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can) Kalem. Of course, none of this really matters to hard-core Chuckles fans. They get their money's worth. The bulk of the film is violent foreplay leading up to the showdown between Chuck, a Texas sheriff, and a seemingly indestructible villain, Brian Libby. The latter is a sociopath who has had his genetic makeup altered so that he is an insurance company's dream come true—bullets don't stop him, neither does sulfuric acid injected into his bloodstream, nor fire, nor a four-story fall to asphalt, nor being hit by a Jeep. Even Chuck can't finish him off, which leaves the door wide open for Silent Rage II. (R)

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