Patrick Swayze, Randy Travis and Meatloaf (oh my) prove that if you wreck a car… it will explode.
This was to be the greatest movie of all time. Surely with this many stars it would be a hit. It was recently added to Netflix and I’ve taken another look. There are some fine scenes, but some of the promise is not fulfilled. Willis and Schwarzenegger are cameo’s and there are so many stars that only a few of the characters are developed.
The Expendables is a great 3 star movie, but didn’t reach my 5 star dreams.]]>
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.
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.]]>
Before starting their mission they are involved in a bar brawl where they meet a lady mercenary who will join their team, and also someone who will almost certainly be the “bad guy.”
Lot’s of bad jokes, punching and shooting qualifies this in the genre. A surprise starring role by B.D. Wong (Oz, Law & Order SVU), makes this a novel movie to watch, but the poor character development and the fact that it never seems to end result in a 2 star rating.]]>
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.
This isn’t a great Dolph Lundgren movie, but it is currently available to stream through Netflix.]]>
Masters and his band of teenage friends plan a mission that involves stealing a plane and invading a country. A similar idea was explored in the same year in the movie “Let’s Get Harry”, but with less Airplanes, teenagers and 80’s rock.
Expendables 2, re-kindles my hopes for this movie. The cast include several of my favorite BAM stars – Jason Statham, Sly Stallone, JCVD, Dolph, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, & Bruce Willis. It also includes Arnold and several other stars, but from the trailer I’m guessing that Arnold will be more of a special appearance as he was in the original Expendables movie.
Enough talking… here is the trailer.
Commando is the story of an uber-happy father and daughter living in a rural setting. We learn early on that Col. John Matrix (Arnold) has been involved in top secret military operations in the past, and that members of his team are being assassinated. Immediately some bad guys arrive and snatch his daughter. I won’t spoil the fun, but Col. Matrix kills (or possibly wounds) approximately 100 people in the name of justice.
Commando is one of the big budget movies that defined the bam genre in the 80’s.]]>
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.
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.”
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!]]>