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Video Review: 'Riot'

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TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
Mako, Luke Perry, Joseph B. Vasquez, Mario Van Peebles
Showtime Networks Inc.
TV Movie, Drama

We gave it a C-

Set in riot-strewn 1999 Los Angeles, the simpleminded action film Riot is PM’s expected low-budget, straight-to-tape answer to Paramount’s Escape From L.A. After an unaccommodating criminal kidnaps an ambassador’s daughter, her Special Forces ex-fiancé (Daniels) gets tapped to deliver the ransom to the center of the war zone. This leads to convoluted IRA involvement and rote plot machinations, though the film takes the time to rip off The Warriors with a homicidal gang of street-hockey players. Leonard shows up to provide star wattage, although perversely, he doesn’t get to use his boxing skills to punch up the movie’s long, annoying fight scenes. C-