REVIEW: Beyond The Law (1992) | ManlyMovie

REVIEW: Beyond The Law (1992)

Run Time: 108 mins
Rated: R
What To Expect: An extended story mission from Grand Theft Auto, a good drinking movie

Some films lose the run of themselves.  They get carried away in their violence, swearing and acts of wanton criminality that they border the line of parody to start with and then by the end jump right over it.  The story missions in the Grand Theft Auto game series kind of wink and nod at old 80’s/90’s crime movies, well this Charlie Sheen movie is like one of those gaming missions, in movie format, running for over 100 minutes.  It’s Point Break on motorcycles and it’s perfect movie to get drunk to.

After being kicked off the force for attacking his police chief, rough around the edges cop Dan Saxon (Charlie Sheen) is given an opportunity to redeem himself by the FBI.  He must infiltrate the murderous biker gang led by Blood (Michael Madsen) in order to initiate its demise and stop its drug dealing and criminal endeavors.  Along the way, Saxon is helped by a sultry journalist (Linda Fiorentino), but soon finds himself questioning which side of the law he’s really on.

The film egregiously rips off Point Break, even if this one is supposedly based on a true story.  Man infiltrates criminal gang, the leader of which takes an irrational liking to him, which leads to man developing friendship with leader and blurring the lines of morality and the law.  What makes this film different from Point Break or The Fast & the Furious however is just how outrageous the whole affair is, and how suspect the writing is.

Sheen rolls into a dangerous biker gang and starts blowing shit up with dynamite, claiming to hail from another fictional biker gang from lands afar.  Madsen, as leader, immediately likes the cut of his jib, apparently not having too many brain cells to rub together.  Because he soon has the cop riding with him at the front of the gang (but not before testing Sheen’s manhood by, for example, challenging him to smash into a redneck bar – see video).  The subplot which has Sheen hating on cops because his cop uncle beat some manners into him as a child is, frankly, unintentionally hilarious.

This ‘backbone’ of the story leads to Sheen attacking yet more cops and become more biker, less lawman, thus the viewer is challenged to recognize this ‘aha’ moment as we learn what drives the character.  In reality though, the entertainment comes from the total and utter give no fucks attitude of the whole movie, it’s like Cobra or Commando, it just pushes the envelope with crazy violence. Sheen is trolling and Madsen’s give-no-fucks, what-are-my-lines acting shtick add to the hilarity and character, Madsen in particular seems keenly aware of how outrageous the whole thing is.

This film must also, surely, have the most relentless use of the word fuck in motion picture history.  Also, what’s especially funny is that in the end, when Madsen finds out Sheen is a cop, he still doesn’t give a fuck.  If this isn’t a cult manly classic, it’s close!



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    Mucho Macho

    October 6, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Cool Soundtrack as well

    I really like this version of this song. Used very well in the movie

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    Mucho Macho

    October 6, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Of course it’s inevitable to see the direction Charlie Sheen’s life took and how much he fucked it all up. However, one cannot deny that if you were part of the 80s and 90s growing up, becoming a young adult &/or a teenager, Charlie Sheen made a bunch of great movies over the years. From comedies, dramas and action, Sheen made some kick ass movies over the years.

    I don’t care how much this movie got shat on.. Damn it! it’s a good movie!
    “Men at Work” Rules!


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    October 6, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    It also ripped off stone cold with Brian Bosworth.

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      Mucho Macho

      October 6, 2018 at 6:35 pm

      A manly classic

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        October 7, 2018 at 1:58 pm

        Exactly Bosworth was and still is awesome. Someone should cast him in Expendables 4, John Wick 3 and fast and furious, etc.

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    October 6, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    the early ’90s were an incredibly manly period in human civilization.

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      Mucho Macho

      October 6, 2018 at 6:33 pm

      You really started to see the change in the mid to late 90s.
      I noticed I started getting a lot of crazy lefty professors as well.
      They would go on lefty rants even if it was a fucking math class or something completely unrelated to what was supposed to be taught.

      If you notice a lot of these young people are like programmed zombies.
      Academic Institutions specially Colleges are supposed to be a place to bounce around ideas & support free speech but these kids today have grown up institutionalized

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    Mucho Macho

    October 6, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    I still remember watching this manly flick for the first time on HBO back when it premiered in 1993. Funny how at that time there was still only one HBO and yet much better than the 4 or 5 HBO’s they got now. This was an exclusive premiere for the channel and they would make a big deal out of movies like this.

    It was release under another title “fixing the shadow” in some International markets for those of you that may have trouble finding the movie under it’s original title

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      October 6, 2018 at 7:46 pm

      Yes I remember watching this movie late night HBO in my room on Saturday night many times

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        Mucho Macho

        October 6, 2018 at 8:25 pm

        HBO ruled back in the day.
        They are even getting rid of HBO boxing this year a staple of the Network since it’s beginnings. I guess that’s too manly for the Vice or John Oliver crowd

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          October 6, 2018 at 11:27 pm

          Times are changing, brother

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            Mucho Macho

            October 6, 2018 at 11:38 pm

            That’s why every time I hit 88 mph in my car I hope I ‘m transported back to 1985😀

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            October 7, 2018 at 12:42 am

            I know there’s got to be another seat available that car 😀

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            Mucho Macho

            October 7, 2018 at 1:45 pm

            If it ever happens I’ll sure let you guys know.
            In the meantime I keep crashing 😂

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    Mulla Krekar

    October 6, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Always loved this movie. Also, Linda Fiorentino is hot as fuck in this. Recently bought two german blu-ray editions of this film under the title Made Of Steel.

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      The Night Rider

      October 6, 2018 at 9:06 pm

      The DC quality is pretty awful.

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        Mulla Krekar

        October 7, 2018 at 6:52 pm

        Yep, unfortunately. Good thing they included the theatrical cut as well. That seems to have decent quality (haven’t watched it all the way through yet, only the DC this morning). The DC didn’t really add anything significant anyway. Hadn’t seen this in a year or two but watching it again this morning it’s still really fucking entertaining. And again… Fiorentino (Mamma mia!).

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    October 7, 2018 at 2:47 am

    Tonight drink and watch this movie !!

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      Stig Johansen

      October 7, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      Being born and raised in Norway, I can confirm that this is 100 percent accurate.

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    October 14, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Never seen this one but really need to. It sounds badass