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(LLL, VVV, S, N, A, Ac, M) 27 obscenities, 6 profanities, 7 exclamatory profanities, 3 vulgarities, 2 sexual innuendoes, & 2 obscene gestures; action violence (car chases & crashes), shootings, murders, brutal & bloody fistfights, & several dead bodies shown; several positive references to promiscuity; man's naked backside (1 scene, played for laughs); alcohol use (1 scene); communism & Cold War lightly demeaned; and, theft & destruction of property.
Ever wonder what it is called when a skydiver reaches that point in a free fall when it is too late to pull the rip cord and impact is eminent? TERMINAL VELOCITY! “Terminal action,” however, is the phrase that best describes this movie starring Charlie Sheen and Natassja Kinski. Sheen is Ditch Brody, an Olympic gymnast turned daredevil skydiving instructor, and Kinski is Kris, a beautiful skydiving beginner who plummets to her death in the Arizona desert on her first run under Ditch’s instruction … or so it appears. She escapes Ditch’s grasp in mid-air and slams to her death. Why didn’t she pull the cord? Why did she unhook herself from the safety line in the plane? Suspicious of the circumstances and knowing his career and life are on the line, Ditch sets out to find some answers and clear his name.
The photography and stunt work are simply sensational, with the aerial action sequences especially exhilarating. While technically well made with incredible stunts and intense action and containing no nudity or sexual activity (other than some verbal innuendoes and crude remarks), the movie is plagued by brutality, foul language and a predictable storyline. The basic idea holds promise, but a better storyline could have saved TERMINAL VELOCITY from eventually blending anonymously into the action movie bin at the video store.