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PREY OF THE JAGUAR (1996) **

Maxwell Caulfield stars as an ex-cop making a living as a construction worker. Trevor Goddard is a bad guy Maxwell put away years ago. When Goddard gets out of jail, he gets revenge by killing Caulfield’s wife and kid. Goddard also shoots Maxwell in the heart, but his life is saved by a conveniently placed flask. Caulfield then becomes a vigilante superhero named Jaguar (based on drawings his dead kid did) who fights crime and naturally settles the score with Goddard.

Prey of the Jaguar boasts a solid supporting cast. Linda Blair co-stars as a cop investigating the murder of Caulfield’s family and Stacy Keach plays his old boss. I also really liked the performance by Trevor Goddard. If he looks familiar to you, it’s probably because he played Kano in the Mortal Kombat movie. It’s a shame he passed away because he has a nice screen presence and probably would’ve made a good Bond villain (or at the very least a great henchman).

The film gets off to a solid start, but once Caulfield starts his Ninja training, the movie just sorta sits there. It also doesn’t help that his superhero suit is goofy as Hell. (He looks like a freaking extra from Power Rangers.) And he would’ve looked a lot more convincing if he wore a mask or something. Those Indian war paint streaks on his face just made him look ridiculous.

David DeCouteau, the man who made the immortal Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-A-Rama directed this. While he’s adept at making late night Skinamax fare and monster movies; Kung Fu superhero movies just aren’t his forte. Ultimately, the whole thing is just too lightweight (Jaguar uses tranquilizers on his prey) and the fight scenes are decidedly ho-hum, so it never quite works.

Tags: action, kung fu, p
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