American Heroine-Star Lady is a PG-13-level superheroine-themed release from Zen Pictures. This is another attempt at the “Supergirl” mythos by Zen, and it’s notable for, among other things, featuring one of the worst wigs in peril movie history, worn by the film’s beautiful lead actress, who is identified simply as “Rachel.”
The story opens with Star Lady in her civilian persona at work. She works right beside another woman and although I’m not 100% sure due to the language barrier, I believe Star Lady is crushing on her. Anyway, Star Lady’s co-worker (to whom we will officially refer as “the co-worker” for this review) goes for a walk and is attacked by a mugger. The mugger steals her purse and starts to run away, only to be confronted by Star Lady and her very loose, ill-fitting wig. At this point, I expected the usual well-choreographed Zen fight scene, but I didn’t get it. Instead, Star Lady sends him flying to the ground with a blast of super breath. End of fight.
We are then introduced to the main villains—a scientist and a well-dressed businessman. In a nice twist, they work at the same company as Star Lady. Star Lady’s co-worker is getting herself some coffee when she hears some commotion. She peeks around the corner and, in another twist, sees the two villains talking with the guy who mugged her earlier. I am sure there is a connection between them, but once again I can’t be sure what it is because of the language barrier. It doesn’t really matter because they quickly kill him and take notice that they are being watched. They kidnap the co-worker, tie her up, and start the electro-torture that every Zen villain seems to love.
They release the co-worker in hopes that Star Lady will appear and help out her friend again. Guess what? It works. Star Lady shows up, but the villains are ready for her. Apparently the scientist created a super powered exoskeleton for the businessman. It’s actually a pair of leather pants and armor that looks like it’s made of styrofoam, but hey, whatever works. Actually, in this case, it doesn’t work. Star Lady kicks the ever-loving crap out of him and he is forced to retreat.
The bad guys make some modifications to the suit and hijack a television signal and challenge Star Lady. They fight again, but this time the bad guy has the advantage due to the little green meteor rocks they added to the armor’s chest-piece. Fans of up-skirt shots may be particularly interested in this fight scene because there are more than a couple, and one is an extremely long take. Star Lady is beaten down, tied up and tortured. She does get electrocuted for a while, but the villain’s main torture method is pinching her stomach really hard.
The bad guy takes to the television again and shows that he has Star Lady at his mercy. Co-worker realizes where she is being held and goes to rescue her. Using a pipe, she manages to smash the power source on the villain’s suit that allowed him to channel the power of the green rocks. With this destroyed, Star Lady is back to her full power level and quickly takes care of the villain.
American Heroine-Star Lady is not an example of Zen Pictures at the peak of their film-making powers. It’s not horrible by any means; it’s just not great. It’s very much a paint-by-numbers peril movie. Unless there are some things in the review that specifically cater to your tastes, I would avoid this one.