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Solo

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Solo

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Lyle Mays, William Sadler, Mario Van Peebles
genre:
Jazz

We gave it a D

Soloflex might be a better title. Buff, often-shirtless Mario Van Peebles stars as an android manufactured by the U.S. military to be the ultimate killing machine. But when this tin man turns out to have a heart — he won’t massacre innocent civilians — his creators try to dismantle him. So Solo goes AWOL in the Latin American jungle, befriending a village of kindly campesinos and defending them against evil rebels and bloodthirsty American commandos. Director Norberto Barba lets Solo waver between ill-lit action and fish-out-of-water comedy (see Solo learn to tell a joke!). When it comes to mixing martial-arts mayhem with deadpan humor, Van Peebles doesn’t have Jackie Chan’s chops — or even Jean-Claude Van Damme’s. D