May 19, 2016

No One Speaks the Same Language: Equalizer 2000

Equalizer 2000 was not only Robert Patrick's earliest films, it was also an effort of a crew that ranged from a Phillipino director, to an Australian star, and many things between.

Baby Robert Patrick!
The movie: This is one of those Mad-Max rip off movies, this one takes place in the desert that was once Alaska where everyone is fighting over resources and lots of stuff blows up!

The language barriers: The star of this gem is Australian, much of the principal cast is American, and there's a few South Korean actors just to spice things up. The writers were an American and Filipino, the Director (Cirio H. Santiago, a longtime Corman producer) Filipino, much of the crew also...

A gun with some guns stuck on it!

The result of those language barriers: There's a serious lack of story happening in this move, leading to much more action than anything else. (And, just in case you're wondering, the "Equalizer" is a giant gun built by the hero.)

The saving grace: This was far from anyone's first (or last) rodeo, much of the crew were already staples in the Philippians film community and none of the cast were novice.  There was a young Robert Patrick and a seasoned Vic Diaz, but a huge surprise came from the main lead, Richard Norton who has a long stunt coordinator resume, most recently working on (and in this case appearing in) Mad Max: Fury Road and Suicide Squad.

Vic Diaz!

Further learning: The documentary Machete Maidens Unleashed covers some of the amazingness that came out of the Phillipens from this era. It's made by the same documentary crew as Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films and Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!.

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