Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

The Bulldog and the Birthmark

March 26th, 2009 · 6 Comments


My recent movie diet has mostly consisted of classy fare—I doubt Bridge on the River Kwai played many double bills with the likes of Switchblade Sisters. But Microkhan is by no means a film snob, and likes the occasional semi-brainless action flick as much as the next pint-sized Mongolian monarch. Case in point: Ernest R. Dickerson’s criminally underrated Surviving the Game.

The movie is a spin on The Most Dangerous Game, with a heavily dreaded Ice-T playing a bum who’s conned into becoming human prey. The hunters are a Who’s Who of great character actors: Rutger Hauer, Charles S. Dutton, F. Murray Abraham, and, best of all, Gary Busey. An actor infamous for once snorting cocaine off his dog, Busey absolutely kills it here as a psychiatrist with, uh, “issues” of his own. The “Prince Henry Stout” monologue above is arguably the pinnacle of Busey’s storied career—as well as a warning to future parents on how not to usher your adolescent sons into manhood.

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