12 September 2005 | gridoon
For undiscriminating girls-and-guns fans only
Oliver Reed (cashing another paycheck and having a nice vacation at the same time, I presume) plays a powerful ex-general / drug dealer / dictator of a fictional South American country, who kidnaps the daughter of his long-time nemesis Robert Vaughn, along with a bunch of other college girls, and keeps them captive on his camp in the middle of a jungle. He threatens to kill them if the US government doesn't release his son, who is imprisoned in America. But four of the girls manage to steal some machine guns and use them to escape, and Reed has to track them down before they find a radio and expose his location.
"Fair Trade" is near-rock-bottom girls-and-guns fare. The girls themselves are brave, athletic and defiant, and their "leader" (Lisa Rinna) is a beauty. But their expertise in guns, knives and explosives (and the similar expertise of two male geologists they meet later) is never explained - the believability of the whole story is nil. Action scenes and production values are nothing much to speak of, either. This film is recommended only to the most undiscriminating fans of the genre. (*)