1997 / Director. Sam Firstenberg.
Review by Glenn Cochrane
DELTA FORCE was a profitable film for Cannon films in the late 80s and it remains a classic (and one of Chuck Norris's best). That film spawned two sequels which were consecutively lesser in quality but still a whole lot of fun. The producers of the trilogy and the director of part 3 continued the franchise with five additional TV movies under the banner OPERATION DELTA FORCE. The first in the new series starred Ernie Hudson, Jeff Fahey and Hal Holbrook and their presence gave the movie more credibility that it deserved. Being a TV flick OPERATION DELTA FORCE was never going to live up the the standard of the theatrical films but for a television jaunt, it's still good fun. The movie delivers what fans would expect... ie non-stop action... firefights, explosions, train chases, boat chases, car chases and sky diving marines... who gives a shit about the substandard acting when we 'ka-booms' are huge and the shooting is abundant? America's elite commando squad, the Delta Force, is deployed to South Africa to chase a group of terrorists in possession of a deadly virus and it's antiserum. That's all that matters and the movie shifts along from one action set-up to another. Don't get me wrong because OPERATION DELTA FORCE is definitely a crap movie but it's that type of crap that's easily relished. The score is ludicrously excessive, the editing is terrible and the dialogue is brilliantly cliched. The quality of television has changed (improved) over the past two decades and were a show like 24 to be made back then, this is probably what it would look like. It's a good dose of fun nonsense. I'm already prepped to persevere with the next four instalments.