Jack Manning (Steve Railsback) is an ambitious cop. So ambitious, in fact, that he is framed by a corrupt superior officer (Michael Champion) and thrown off the police force. Eight years later, he's an alcoholic private detective. He is contacted by his old friend Mo (Dan Tullis Jr) who needs help cleaning up his neighborhood, which is plagued by street gangs, on orders from a corrupt businessman (Stuart Whitman) who wants the neighborhood in order to demolish and rebuild it.
"Private Wars" is a low budget direct-to-video movie. It looks cheap and has the type of soundtrack that only low budget movies have. But all of this is redeemed by the kind of over-the-top fighting scenes and action you don't find in most big movies as well as good performances by Steve Railsback and Stuart Whitman. Recommended for fans of brainless action movies who don't mind the low budget feeling. Those looking for a similar plot but a bigger budget, try "Death Wish 3".