This is from Amazon Prime Video. Full disclosure, I picked this for Bad Move of the Week based on title alone. I mean, Prime Target? Wikipedia does not have an entry for this, so I pulling details from IMDB. This came out in 1991 from Hero Films and stars David Heavener as free-range cop John Bloodstone, a Dirty Harry remake. In fact, that’s how this one starts out.
Some really bad people have been cornered by the law, and they have some hostages. They want a helicopter, or they will start killing hostages. They do.
Bloodstone is called. He is the only one with the attitude to take on a situation like this. He is given a car and, significantly, a blow torch. He rams the truck through the sheet metal wall of the building where the crooks are holed up and turns the blow torch on them. The situation is quickly settled.
But not for Bloodstone. He is hauled onto the carpet and suspended from duty (and pay) for his bloodthirsty ways. The only assignment he can get is transporting a critical government witness to give testimony at a trial. Bloodstone has to take the job, because he is in dire straits with his mortgage. Officials offer him a large sum to take the job. He asks for $25,000. They agree. Something is wrong. Viewers are beginning to think said officials don’t expect Bloodstone to successfully complete the mission, so it doesn’t matter how much they offer him.
Bloodstone goes to a secret government facility to pick up his cargo. Whoa! It’s Tony Curtis. Not really Tony Curtis, but Tony Curtis playing mobster Marietta Copella, prepared to sing to the jury but doubtful he will ever make it to the courthouse.
Copella is mostly right. The fix is in. A trusted agent drops by the secure facility and guns down those guarding the place. And he uses a gun he has pilfered from Bloodstone’s house.
I have yet to figure out why the hit on the facility after Copella has been carted away, but it doesn’t matter. The shooter next catches up with Bloodstone and Copella on the highway, disguised as a motorcycle cop. He stops the car. Checks Bloodstone’s license and registration, steps to the front to examine the plate, then opens fire.
To no effect. Bloodstone is wearing his ballistic vest, and when the “cop” steps around to finish off Copella, Bloodstone nails him.
The bullets that killed the government agents are traced to Bloodstone’s gun, and an alert is put out on him. When he stops at a service station a news-wise civilian calls the sheriff, who arrives and puts the arm on Bloodstone. Just then two government agents arrive. They gun down the sheriff and the civilian. Bloodstone, unarmed, turns the tables, grabbing a gun from one of the agents and putting both of them away.
Copella and Bloodstone hole up in a motel where, in the adjoining room, a comely lass is taking a shower, for the benefit of all the men watching this movie.
How does the buxom bimbo fit into the plot? When Bloodstone figures two more hit men are coming his way he steps next door, pulls the winsome lady into bed, and under the sheets pretends to hump. When one of the rogue agents breaks into the room and prepares to finish off Bloodstone and the babe, Bloodstone shoots him dead from beneath the sheets.
Then Bloodstone steps into the bathroom, aims carefully, and kills the other agent in the adjoining room with two shots through the wall.
On the run, Bloodstone and Copella encounter two hot-blooded souls making out by a lake side. They take the canoe and make their escape.
Bloodstone arranges with his one trusted pal at the police department, Captain Leo Tompkins (Isaac Hayes), to get him and Copella to the courthouse safely. They show up at a meeting, where an armored truck awaits. Also a policeman to arrest Bloodstone. When the cop starts the truck to drive it around, it blows up. Tompkins is appalled. Bloodstone figures he is going to have to do this one on his own.
Obviously an ambush is arranged at the courthouse steps. But the sniper on the roof misses with his first shot, hitting Copella in the arm. Bloodstone takes out the sniper and confront’s the crooked commissioner and his henchmen. One goes for his weapon, and Bloodstone ices him. Tompkins take the second under tow. That leaves the crooked commissioner, who grabs Bloodstone’s pretty wife as a hostage.
You guessed it. At a pre-arranged signal, the wife tells Bloodstone to go for it, and he puts three slugs into the bad guy.
There is a lot wrong with this. Too much of it is beyond belief.
Forget about the blowup over the opening hostage situation. We have a bunch of professionals who can’t handle the standoff and allow hostages to be killed while they vacillate, so they call in a rogue cop. Then, after said Dirty Harry has settled the matter without additional loss of innocent life, they lower the boom on him? Only in speculative fiction.
There is a crowd of conspirators involved. This weight would sink even Watergate. Somebody would have spilled before this got two feet.
A professional shooter on the courthouse roof with a telescopic sight misses on his first shot? You have to be kidding me. Besides, what was the sniper’s plan B. After missing, what does he do? He stands up, exposing himself so Bloodstone can drop him off the roof with a single pistol shot.
Nah, I’m not buying much of this. Look for me to review the follow on. Same name, but with a different setting.