After so many addle-brained vendetta movies with right-wing themes, it's weird to see a new one, "Choke Canyon" (selected theaters), flipping to the left. Here--instead of an impervious hunk-hero subduing Southeast Asia--we have a "safe energy" physicist-hero, villainous corporation heads and a heroine who's protesting against pollution.
But "Choke Canyon" is just as ridiculous as its predecessors. For openers, why is this MIT physicist also a munitions expert and one-man demolition squad?
The story seems to be the work of 12-year-olds. Tired 12-year-olds.
We see the hunk-physicist in his "Star Wars" desert lab, living happily with his horse and goat, waiting for Halley's Comet--only to be invaded by evil Pilgrim Corp. villains who are intent on a cover-up. They beat him up, break his gizmos; he responds by pushing their cars off a cliff and holing up with the horse and goat in a cave.
Pilgrim Corp. hires the Captain, a heavy so mean he beats up his own henchmen. Soon a full-scale war is on. But, during a breather, the hero crashes a Pilgrim party and takes the boss' pretty daughter out for hamburgers. Then he kidnaps and locks her in a cellar, and she escapes by climbing out on a pyramid of Coca-Cola cans.