At a high stakes martial arts tournament, Chuck, the coach of one of the participants,expects that the match is being rigged against him. He sneaks back to the opponents locker room but gets harassed and ultimately shot for investigating. His friend, Ralph, a fight promoter, also expects foul play so they call on two of their buddies from California. Things go from bad to worse for Chuck, Ralph and their friend Teri, until Cal and J show up to get to the bottom of who took the $200,000 dollars from their friends. Fred Williamson's One Down, Two to Go is a decent blaxploitation-esque film that finds Fred Williamson, Jim Brown, Jim Kelly, and Richard Roundtree fighting the mob. The film is pretty much a wet dream for blaxploitation fans but it suffers from some terrible pacing, specifically a very tepid intro that takes too long to get to the good stuff. By good stuff I basically mean when Jim Brown and Fred Williamson show up and start kicking ass all over town. Make no mistake, this is the Fred Williamson and Jim Brown show for most of the duration, with Richard Roundtree and Jim Kelly being off screen with injuries during a large majority of the film. One Down, Two to Go was not as gritty or raw as I was hoping- outside of the sequence where Richard Roundtree's character suffers a coma. The abundance of the dialogue is pretty awful but I guess that's pretty common in this sub-genre, though it certainly has a few badass lines. One Down, Two to Go is certainly not a blaxploitation film that should be high on your list, but with Jim Brown and Fred Williamson chewing up scenery, you could do a lot worse.
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