The 8th Dimension: 2/10
Another one for the record books, this was a great keeper for me. True, it doesn’t quite live up to the title, but there’s really no way that it could. This sci-fi spy epic does have a great cast, amazing story, and memorable characters, though, and is all tied together with state of the art 1984 graphics(so….a lot of lightning). Prepare to have your faces rocked off and then surgically reattached by “The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension”!
Remember the guy who played Robocop? Well, he’s Buckaroo Banzai, a Japanese-American(though I couldn’t really see the Japanese) who has mastered the fields of physics, neurosurgery, rock’n’roll, and of course espionage. When the government has a problem, you can bet that they turn to Dr. Banzai for some assistance. With his team of band mates/scientists/random women, collectively known as the Hong Kong Cavaliers, Banzai has discovered a way to move through solid mass by entering the 8th dimension. Unfortunately, there are some unforseen consequences.
Think of the 8th dimension like the phantom zone from Superman, where this alien race(known as the Black Lectroids) has imprisoned an evil alien race(the Red Lectroids) who once tried to conquer their home planet, Planet Ten. Banzai’s device has given the Red Lectroids a chance to escape, and that is something the Black Lectroids can’t allow to happen. So they send Banzai an ultimatum: stop the Red Lectroids and destroy the machine, or Earth will be destroyed. Jeepers! Led by a deranged former scientist(John Lithgow), the small band of Red Lectroids(all named John) will be hard to stop!
Is Buckaroo Banzai discouraged? Heck no! He and the Hong Kong Cavaliers(consisting of several band members, a cowboy-suited Jeff Golblum, the long-lost twin of Banzai’s dead wife, and a Black Lectroid in the form of a Jamaican guy) set out to destroy the Red Lectroid menace and save the world from certain doom. Using his Rocket Truck he breaks into their warehouse, and discovers the ship they plan to use to fly back to their home world. He sneaks aboard and is able to hijack a smaller ship that, lucky for him, is fully equipped with weapons systems. A couple clever flying manuevers and a shot or two here and there, and before you know it the mothership is in pieces. Buckaroo Banzai has done it! Also, he’s a master Samurai.
I suppose the movie could have been better if the 8th dimension were visited more than twice for a couple of seconds each, what with the title and all. However, the cast of Robocop guy, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Goldblum, Clancy Brown, and John Lithgow is pretty hard to beat. And even though they throw in Banzai doing brain surgery, rocking on stage, and talking to the president like it ain’t no thing, you still feel that you never get to see him playing his A-game. The best part for me, by far, is during the credits when all of the characters from the movie are walking in tandem footsteps with the beat of some simple synth song. 80’s genius. If you get a chance, watch this one with a Totinos Pizza and an ice-cold Coke, you won’t regret it!
This one was a find, so I thank myself for finding it(also Netflix). Until next time, keep watching those good movies, and leave the bad ones for me!