Ever since I heard of Miami Connection, a low-budget 80s film resurrected on DVD last year, I have been dying to see it. Imagine my surprise when I was told it’s on Netflix Instant right now.
You should watch it right now.
- Ninjas interrupt a cocaine deal before the title even hits the screen.
- The movie is called Miami Connection but the most of the film takes place in Central Florida. I guess no one would want to watch Orlando Connection.
- The central conflict of the film is not about drugs but about bands competing for a gig. Violently.
- The fight scenes are both competent and absurd at the same time. Random moments of slow-motion highlight hits as well as misses.
- The kicker? After an entire movie driven by guys fighting each other, the film ends with a message of non-violence.
Is this a case of so-bad-it’s-good? I wouldn’t say that. Obviously, some elements of the film are laughable: the martial arts star at the center of the Dragon Sound band is unintelligible, the narrative is largely disjointed, and the movie only reaches 86 minutes thanks to extended music-video-like scenes that fill precious time.
But Miami Connection lacks the pathetic feeling that looms over truly terrible films like The Room and Birdemic. Instead, I was impressed by how well a movie put together by a novice held together.
I suppose nostalgia is also a factor. I don’t know if the filmmakers deliberately set out to create a 1980s time capsule but they sure as fuck did just that. The costumes, the music, all of it perfectly captured by an amateur writer/director who just wanted to make a movie about taekwondo.
So I loved Miami Connection. You should watch it! Do you have Netflix? Here, click this and watch it now.