I've seen Gymkata three times. That's not a boast. The first time I caught it was on videotape in the late '80s. The second and third times it was on some late night cable station and I was either too sleep-deprived or inebriated to turn it off. I know it's cliché, but the whole car wreck analogy fits almost too well. When Gymkata is on, I just can't turn away. And I'm not alone - - the net is littered with sad accounts of similarly affected individuals.
Jonathan Cabot (Kurt Thomas) is a U.S. gymnast sent to the backwater country of Parmistan to participate -- and hopefully win -- The Game, a dangerous, obstacle-laden decathlon. Why? Because the U.S. government needs to set up a "Early Warning Earth Station for the Star Wars program" and sending in troops to do it is "out of style." Indeed. Thing is no one has survived The Game in 900 years. There's a reason for that, too. As if the course weren't hard enough, contestants must maneuver through numerous ninjas, crazies, and Parmistani thugs that try and stop them.
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