If you clicked on this review mistaking it for the horrid 1994 video game adaption "Street Fighter" starring Jean-Claude Van Damme then you were not mistaken. You actually did click on this review. If you clicked on this review mistaking it for the cult classic "The Street Fighter" then quickly move away from this film and find the other one. It's much better.
Guile (Van Damme) is an NA agent hell bent on bringing the world's most egotistical warlord Bison (Julia) down. With a needlessly overcomplicated story that tries to bat smash all "Street Fighter" characters into one plot, all you need to know is that there is a military force that is going into Shadowloo (Bison's HQ) to bitch slap some sense into a militant dictator that is obsessed with taking over the world. The rest doesn't really matter.
I am very torn on the 1994 live action "Street Fighter" film. On one hand this movie might be one of the largest pieces of crap to ever grace the silver screen with its poor set designs, awful dialogue, over acting, wasted moments, and complete ignorance to the stories and characters of the video game "Street Fighter". On the other hand, its a hilarious riot of a film to be enjoyed because of its poor set designs, awful dialogue, over acting, wasted moments, and complete ignorance to the stories and characters of the video game "Street Fighter". It's a weird line that this film walks that requires a lot of grace from its audience for its atrocious-ness.
Most of the cast is miscast in their roles (with Raul Julia giving it his all as Bison only to have that shitty role as his final calling card) with their characters easily coming second to the overall plot. Their performances are just as crappy too. Its as if the makers of the film wanted to purposefully fuck it up for the sake of fucking it up when it comes to casting it.
Not to mention for a movie with Van Damme based on a martial arts fighting game, where the hell is the fighting?! It doesn't come around til the final moments and what fighting there is is horribly choreographed and shot. They seriously wanted to screw with fans here didn't they?
All in all, "Street Fighter" might be one of the most poorly constructed and executed films in history, but I'll be damned if I don't watch it at least once a year. It's hilarious in its awful one liners and complete idiocy. The makers must have intentionally made it this bad because its hard to think that it ended up this way unintentionally. Either way, its a riot for those with the right attitude, even if it is so damn horrible. It's still awful though.
BONUS RANT: Ironically, its not the worst "Street Fighter" movie out there. "The Legend Of Chun-Li" is even worse. Seriously.
Written By Matt Reifschneider