Death Race 2

STARRING: Luke Goss, Danny Trejo
BADNESS RATING:
RELEASED: 2010
DIRECTED BY: Roel Reiné

Death Race 2I remember Death Race. The way that the main character was set up so he would be sent to prison and have to compete in a… Death Race.

Death Race 2 is a prequel to Death Race that was sent directly to the DVD. The prisons have been privatized, and are airing prison fights called a Death Match. As with the original movie, these matches are all about ratings, and to keep things fresh they eventually evolve into a race.

Takeaways

  • Didn’t follow the issue with crime in the beginning. Luke did commit a crime.
  • During the first race the racers are shown posing with the cars that they just picked out. This is impossible, especially for those that don’t survive the race.
  • Special effects are ok, but sometimes they aren’t quite right.

The story is rough, but the action is solid and it provides the story for how Death Race came to be. For the love of the original, I grant you 3 stars.

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Direct Contact

STARRING: Dolph Lundgren
BADNESS RATING:
RELEASED: 2009
DIRECTED BY: Danny Lerner

Direct ContactDolph begins “Direct Contact” in an Eastern European prison. Is this going to be an homage to the Van Damme prison movie “Hell”?

Short answer –  No.
Longer answer –  No it is not.

In a very Rambo-esque turn of events, someone from the US government needs Dolph’s help to break into a small fortress and rescue a kidnapped girl. Unlike Rambo, Dolph doesn’t just want his freedom from prison, but also negotiates payment. The joy of the breakout is that Dolph will engage in a 10 minute hand fight, and then just shoot the next guy that comes along.

But this is where Direct Contact throws you a loop. It seems the girl wasn’t kidnapped, and the government rep that freed Dolph from prison wasn’t with the government. This is when our star has to freelance a plan of action and Direct Contact get interesting. Dolph takes us through many car chases and gun fights.

Takeaways:

  • A love scene in a barn is questionable. This isn’t Roadhouse.
  • Driving means continuously turning the wheel back and forth.

This isn’t a great Dolph Lundgren movie, but it is currently available to stream through Netflix.

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Hard to Kill

STARRING: Steven Seagal, Kelly LeBrock
BADNESS RATING:
RELEASED: 1990
DIRECTED BY: Bruce Malmuth

Hard to KillSteven Seagal starred in a lot of classic bad action movies, and continues to keep the genre alive. One of his first and a personal fave is Hard to Kill. This is a classic 5 star BAM.

Steven Seagal plays Mason Storm, a detective in LA who at the beginning of the film is stealthily recording the events of a criminal meeting. Unfortunately, Mason wasn’t in the AV Club and has to hit his equipment to fix some feedback, and this ruckus alerts the bad guys to his presence.

Luckily Steven is hard to kill.

There are so many excellent takeaways from this movie.

  • Steven is super bi-lingual.  He can throw out the line “You like my coche?” without missing a beat.
  • If you are in a coma for 7 years, you awake a little groggy, but immediately able to outwit killers.
  • Elevators in 1990 were dangerous and it was impossible to stop them by putting your hand in front of the closing door.  All you can do is peer in the elevator and yell.
  • While in a long coma you will inevitably attract the attention of a nurse (or possibly Kelly LeBlock), who is so desperate for attention that she will make several inappropriate comments about “your business”, while you are still in the coma.
  • If you are in politics, don’t use your “catch phrase” when making deals with criminals.

This film is full of great Steven Seagal fight scenes, and the training scenes are superb.  I’ll leave you with the following motivational phrase from Hard to Kill.

“We’re outgunned and out-manned, but we’re going to win.  You know why? A superior attitude and a superior state of mind.”

 

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Showdown in Little Tokyo

STARRING: Dolph Lundgren & Brandon Lee
BADNESS RATING:
RELEASED: 1991
DIRECTED BY: Mark Lester

Showdown in Little TokyoHow did I make it this long without watching this movie. This is the starring role I’ve hoped to see from Dolph since Rocky 4.

Dolph’s character shows extreme agility (jumping over a car), extreme strength (rolling a car on its side) and a great partner in Brandon Lee. This movie has the explosions, the fights and the bad jokes that exemplifies a bad action movie. 5 stars!

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Night Hawks

STARRING: Sylvester Stallone
BADNESS RATING:
RELEASED: 1981
DIRECTED BY: Bruce Malmuth

NighthawksAmazing opening sequence followed by an abundance of drama. Good hair doesn’t make a movie. 2 stars.

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