The film begins disconcertingly in the middle of a hellish battle during the final days of World War II, a chaotic prologue featuring gargantuan explosions, fleeing Nazis, and stampeding elephants. Then in a whiplash inducing segue, the film settles in to Los Angeles in the late 1970s, where Scott plays loner LAPD detective Barney Caine ("There's only two things that matter to me -- my son and my work. The rest of my life is a complete zero."), investigating the killing of his old pal Tom Neeley (Robin Clarke). The crime scene is laid out like the opening scene of a Charlie Chan movie with mysterious clues all about -- a voodoo doll, a map with the name "Oberman" scrawled on it, a folded newspaper with the letter G-E-N-E written in blood -- and Caine falls for the setup to avenge the death of his friend.
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Yes, the movies have been so good to Elizabeth Berkley already that we expect her to pop up in a cameo. Alas, it's not to be. The story goes: López is released from jail on his 21st birthday, whereupon he promptly gets a job as a heavy for Figueroa's bad guy. There's a love story, which -- horror of horrors -- takes us for a loop when we find out the girl he's fallen for is the daughter of a community center owner -- a guy who López is supposed to bully out of his property!
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