In this movie, Carl Weathers plays policeman Jericho "Action" Jackson and he has been stripped of his gun as a punishment for previously nearly ripping the arm off a sexual predator during his arrest. The bad guy is Craig T. Nelson, the sexual predator's father, who wants to take total control of the auto manufacturing business. Black guys and the auto industry in Detroit! What cliche?!
So what exactly is so unbelievable about the story's actions you wonder? How about leaping over a car?? Well never fear, the writers have this one covered. Jackson did track in high school. So, you know, that plus his years of police paperwork have prepared him for this kind of stuff. And my favorite part about this is. Wait. Hold on, not my favorite part, but an additional funny part is that Jackson taunts the car driver into trying to kill him with his car instead of his gun because the car is manlier. What?! What the heck is the difference between the gun machine and the car machine? And who is the police chief that sent Jackson out with no gun and no partner? He is being punished for [nearly] ripping a guy's arm off... like with his hands... not for shooting anybody. Hello, aren't you kind of forcing him to continue that kind of behavior? Argh. Where was I? Oh yeah, so not only does this dumb driver fall for the "you're not so manly" trick, but Action Jackson himself falls for this later! Seriously who wrote this, you have to make the hero learn from his mistakes not get dumber as the movie goes on, holy proper sequencing Batman.
Bad Guy 1: Get the gasoline, we're gonna have us a little barbecue. (to Jackson) Tell me where it hurts.
Side-kick: Hello. I'm Mr. Ed. You called about a paint job?
(punching and fighting)
Action Jackson: (with flamethrower) Chill out.
Bad Guy 2: Shit...
Action Jackson: You looking for me? Barbecue, huh? How do you like your ribs?