John Tucker is a Bounty Hunter in a future where the normal methods of law enforcement have collapsed. He has become the best of an organization called Civilian Operated Police Systems, or C.O.P.S. for short. Unfortunately, he's also the only member who isn't utterly corrupt. Tucker is hired to protect a reporter exposing the truth, and must battle his colleagues to do so.
Received a sequel, Future Zone, in 1990.
This film contains examples of:
- Action Prologue: Tucker collecting a bounty, and using his power glove on some thugs who try to stop him.
- Big Bad: Jason Adams, the Corrupt Corporate Executive who runs C.O.P.S.
- Bounty Hunter: These are the primary law enforcement method of the future, as the standard police have collapsed to a massive crime wave.
- Crapsack World: America has a crime problem so bad it's viewed as a countrywide war zone, and the government's response is to hand law enforcement over to private enterprises. These companies are incredibly corrupt, and believe in "guilty until proven innocent," so due process is dead and they can imprison anybody they want.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Becker, the C.O.P.S. chief of security, is far more proactive and dangerous than his boss Jason Adams, who spends most of his screen time complaining about Tucker.
- Frame-Up: When Adams wants somebody eliminated, he has Becker create a fake bounty on them, usually for treason, and please a super high price on their head.
- New Old West: The movie has elements of a Western in its futuristic dystopian setting: outlaws effectively run the towns, bounties galore, and revolvers are the preferred handguns of choice.
- Not Quite Dead: Becker somehow will not stay down no matter how many times Tucker throttles him with his power glove. It takes shooting him multiple times at the end to finally kill him.
- Power Fist: Tucker's Weapon of Choice is a glove that blasts powerful masters and can stop a moving car.
- Price on Their Head: After Tucker saves the reporter, he gets a $100,000 bounty on his head. The reporter herself has a bounty of $1,000.
- Privately Owned Society: Law enforcement is handled by private Bounty Hunter companies.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: When Tucker isn't using his power glove, his usual weapon is a revolver that he regularly pulls off Quick Draws with.