is a 1998 Irish martial arts movie. Ireland's only martial arts movie, and perhaps for a very good reason
It tells the story of one Jimmy Bennett, a martial artist, returning to his hometown, Trim, after a decade in reform school, to investigate the death of his father. Along the way, he runs into the local drug ring, who are determined to win a local fighting contest, which will supposedly allow them to control the town, who may be connected to his father's death
, as well as a mysterious monk, and the beautiful Nicola.
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's review here
- The Alleged Car: Every car that turns up in this movie is an old banger that's barely roadworthy.
- All Monks Know Kung-Fu
- Badass: Jimmy.
- Badass Beard: The monk who trains Jimmy.
- Bar Brawl
- Bang Bang BANG: Averted, incredibly. The punches and kicks are louder than the gunshots in this movie.
- Blatant Lies: Nicola brings Jimmy an apple tart that she claims she made herself. The tart is clearly bought from the supermarket where she works.
- Bond One-Liner: "Enjoy the slide!"
- The Brute: Seagull.
- Combat Pragmatist: Everybody in the Bealtaine Tournament.
- Click Hello: "I'm not paying you to sit on your arse smoking."
- And again at the end of the movie. Jimmy simply disarms the Big Bad, gives him a Pre-Mortem One-Liner, then shoots him.
- Creator Cameo: Jimmy Bennett aside, producer Justin Harmon plays the naked cowboy mook.
- Deadpan Snarker: Jimmy. Or he would be if his lines weren't so filled with Narm.
- His accent doesn't help with this.
- The Danza: Pretty much the entire cast. Justified in that none of them had ever acted before and would probably have difficulty responding to other names.
- Dull Surprise: Nicola. Dear God, Nicola.
- Fan Disservice: One Mook strips naked, barring a cowboy hat and gets into an outdoor bath for no real reason.
- Fighting Irish
- Gangsta Style: Mikey's preferred method of firearms handling.
- Guns Akimbo: Jimmy during the Storming the Castle sequence.
- Homage: Jean-Claude Van Damme is clearly a massive influence, as the film takes cues from several of his movies, including the Van Damme kick.
- Inevitable Tournament: The Bealtaine tournament, which for some reason, will allow the winner to take control of the town.
- Informed Attractiveness: You'd swear by the way men fawn over Nicola that she was played by Scarlett Johansson.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: With mooks that shoot like the ones in this film, no wonder the Big Bad has to take matters into his own hands with both Jimmy and his father.
- Ironic Echo: This little gem from the ending.
- Just Plane Wrong: Seagull flies from Hong Kong to Trim in a Cessna.
- Katanas Are Just Better: The Big Bad's weapon of choice when he killed Jimmy's father.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: For years, getting a full working copy of this movie was damn near impossible. The film really only gained its cult popularity after Colin Murphy reviewed it on The Blizzard Of Odd.
- Limit Break: Jimmy makes a victorious comeback against Seagull the moment the monk starts chanting "Fatal Deviation" over and over.
- Neck Snap: Mikey's eventual fate.
- No Budget: This movie cost £8900 to make.
- No Kill Like Overkill: In the climax of the film, Jimmy shoots a gangster in the head twice, then administers a rather unneeded roundhouse kick to the head.
- Oh Crap: The bouncers at the pub Jimmy is refused from for no reason when he charges at them.
- Old Shame: For Mikey Graham anyway. This troper remembers seeing an interview where he was on a documentary about Irish actors trying to get their break in the States. Fatal Deviation is mentioned and he went all quiet.
- Outrun the Fireball: Jimmy does this when escaping from the car he has just crashed.
- Post-Climax Confrontation: The Big Bad accosts Jimmy when he's out on a date with Nicola after he's wiped out his gang.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: There's only about two or three songs (presumably by the same band)on the soundtrack, none of which fit the scene they're played in.
- Storming the Castle: The climax, in which Jimmy wipes out most of the gang to rescue Nicola.
- Throw It In: The car crash in the climax was unscripted.
- Training Montage: Several.
- Two Shots From Behind The Bar
- Unnecessary Combat Roll: Jimmy rolls across the bonnet of a car and then back again in the middle of a fight for no reason.
- You Killed My Father