The small but peaceful Middle Eastern Republic of Sardoun is under threat from its aggressive neighbour, Gamibia, and so sends for help from Megaforce – the most elite force of international fighting men in the free world (most of whom have barely graduated from high school).
From his secret fortress in the American desert, Megaforce leader, Commander Ace Hunter (Barry Bostwick) can move armament to any battlefield in the world and maintain instant communication with it (simultaneously monitoring every military radio transmission in the world!) – all in skin-tight jumpsuits carefully coordinated to match their missile-shooting, flying motorcycles.
On behalf of SCUFF (Supreme Command United Free Forces), Megaforce fights for truth and justice around the globe. Their motto is “Deeds not words”.
The assignment in Sardoun (“Operation Hook, Line and Sinker”) brings Hunter – in his wispy blue headband – into direct conflict with his former friend and now rival, cigar-chomping mercenary Duke Guerrera (Henry Silva).
Persis Khambatta is alluring as Zara, the daughter of the president of Sardoun, and Michael Beck, as Hunter’s folksy Texan pal Dallas, makes you gag a little.
The script, which apparently took four men to write, seems muddled beyond comprehension and ex-stuntman director Hal Needham is only interested in showing off his big Tonka Toys – motorcycles, mini-tanks and futuristic dune buggies painted in Op Art zig-zag designs – and having them blow up a lot of things.
It’s like two gangs of eight-year-olds playing “war”. Nobody gets killed or hurt in Megaforce battles despite the megatons of ammunition fired off. The most heinous deed depicted in the entire film is Guerrera cheating at chess.
Commander Ace Hunter
Major Zara Benbhutto
Sir Edward Byrne-White
Evan C. Kim
J. Víctor López