Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this futuristic riff on THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME about a dystopian society where "criminals" are sent into an arena to be hunted by gladiators in a nationally televised reality show. A kind of precursor to THE HUNGER GAMES, the film was ahead of its time. A bit cheesy now, but it holds up surprisingly well. Based on an early work by Stephen King.
Stephen King's excellent novel is given really poor treatment in a film that is cheap looking and actually quite boring. Action sequences are repetitive and incomprehensible at times and, whilst Mr Schwarzenegger may deliver some brilliant one-liners (as per), it's not enough to save this from being a dire effort from beginning to end.
The birth of Arnold as his own auteur begins here. He'd been in great films previously (The Terminator, Conan the Barbarian) but it is here that he sculpts his iconic persona. His unique (some would say wooden, I would say comic) delivery of one-liners ("Here is Sub-Zero, now... Plain-Zero!") comes to the forefront, and Arnold become the Arny we know and love. He had to build his own persona to work as a star.