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Film / Fatal Deviation

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"A classic good versus evil action flick, mixed with kicks, guns, motorcycles and a hot babe!"

Fatal Deviation 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.

The whole thing can be seen on YouTube, starting 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: There's an order of Kung Fu monks living in some old ruins. In fucking Ireland. Their leader trains Jimmy. Okaaaay...
  • Badass Biker: During the bike chase sequence.
  • Badass Beard: The monk who trains Jimmy.
  • Bar Brawl: One breaks out when some local thugs start on an innocent guy. Jimmy intervenes on his behalf and beats the shit out of them and the barman. Though, in Jimmy's defence, the barman had just pulled a shotgun on him.
  • 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.
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  • Bond One-Liner: "Enjoy the slide!"
  • The Brute: Seagull, hired by Loughlan to do heavy lifting like working in Hong Kong or fighting in the Bealtaine tournament.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Everybody in the Bealtaine Tournament since there are no rules according to the monks.
  • *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.
  • Dull Surprise: Nicola. Dear God, Nicola.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Jimmy's father, a trained martial artist, doesn't notice Loughlan, an old man dressed in business clothes, brandishing his katana and slowly raising it to kill him until it's too late.
  • Fan Disservice: One Mook strips naked, barring a cowboy hat and gets into an outdoor bath for no real reason.


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