Picks and Pans Review: Megaforce

updated 08/09/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/09/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

An elite fighting crew, Megaforce has a motto: "Deeds Not Words." No wonder; if your dialogue was as ludicrous as theirs is, you wouldn't want to stand around and talk either. Director Hal (Smokey and the Bandit) Needham has tried to build a film on a group of yahoos who romp across the globe, squelching tyranny with tireless zeal and improbable efficiency. Their leader is Barry (Movie Movie) Bostwick, who is neither sophisticated nor menacing enough to lend credence to the part, though he can fill a shimmering skintight uniform. The antagonist, leader of a mercenary army, is Henry Silva, who has played similar villainous parts dozens of times on TV shows such as Mission: Impossible. That program also inspired, it seems, the bulk of the musical score. This is probably the only film you will ever see that lists in its credits a Drums and Percussion Coordinator. Megaforce's mission, should you decide to accept a free ticket to see it, is to save the small democracy of Sardoun from the ravages of Silva's troops. The good guys ride into the teeth of an army on modified motorcycles and dune buggies, and ride back out without a single casualty. Michael Beck, as Bostwick's cowboy lieutenant, and Persis (Star Trekā€”The Motion Picture) Khambatta as the lovely daughter of Sardoun's president earn their combat decorations, but their list of credits is not going to be enhanced by this megafarce. (PG)

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