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Belated write-up: Project Eliminator

David Carradine kicks ass. It's his job and he's been doing it for years. Many many years. It's kind of amazing that he's still out there kicking ass, because in this 1991 movie, he looks old. Really, really old.

Fortunately, he's not the main ass-kicker of the film. He's delegated that to a younger generation. Frank Zagarino is the designated kicker for this movie. He plays a young mercenary hot-shot hired by Carradine to help provide security for his best friend - a super-scientist type, who has invented a flying laser drone called a "Smart Egg."

This weapon is so deadly that, in a demonstration, it destroys six of the four junker cars set up as targets. Having done this, the scientist has a change of heart and decides to destroy all his research and the prototype and dedicate his life to housing the homeless. I'm not kidding.

They all head back to Carradine's bar to drink and celebrate. At about 26 minutes in, Carradine serenades them at the bar's piano. As a singer, he makes a great martial artist.

Meanwhile, annoyed by the scientist's selflessness, a gang of criminals decides to kidnap the scientist and his daughter and sell them to the highest bidder on the international arms market. In a totally unexpected plot twist, it turns out that the scientist's daughter is actually David Carradine's daughter (played by David Carradine's actual daughter, Calista Carradine).

Highjinx, as they say, ensue. The kidnapping succeeds, the heroes attempt a rescue, fail, and get captured. The kidnappers turn on each other, kill some of themselves off, then decide to head off to the Caribbean. And why not? The heroes turn the tables on the kidnappers, escape, free the captives and live moderately happily ever after.