A Force of One is a solid actioner with a good role for Norris, A Force of One is exactly what you’d expect it to be. The action and fight scenes are straight-up and honest, and the cop procedural elements are a little hokey, but fitting.
Plot: A martial artist is brought in to assist the police in a string of killings that appear to be martial arts related.
Review: Some cops are getting picked off by a martial artist when they get wind of a drug ring in the city, and after an investigation turns up no leads, the police enlist a karate champion named Matt Logan (Chuck Norris) to help them with the case. He teaches them some moves and how to protect themselves, but when two more of them get killed, things get interesting. Logan becomes convinced that someone in the martial arts community is the killer, and when it is revealed that the killer is the man he has been training to fight against in the ring, all hell breaks loose!
A solid actioner with a good role for Norris, A Force of One is exactly what you’d expect it to be. The action and fight scenes are straight-up and honest, and the cop procedural elements are a little hokey, but fitting. Norris has an on-screen son who is killed towards the end, which adds an element of revenge to the plot which feels right for this type of film. Bill Wallace, a former middleweight karate champion, co-stars as the main heavy. Dick Halligan directed.
Kino Lorber’s new Blu-ray of A Force of One is presented in a new 2K master, and this is the first Blu-ray we’re getting of this film in North America. A nice transfer of the film is enough of an upgrade to previous editions to add to your collection, and special features include two commentaries – one by the director and the other by two film historians – as well as a making-of feature, and trailers.