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Bad Action Movies on Netflix http://badactionmovies.com Sun, 26 May 2013 22:19:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.25 Black Dog http://badactionmovies.com/2013/05/black-dog/ http://badactionmovies.com/2013/05/black-dog/#comments Sun, 26 May 2013 21:14:47 +0000 http://badactionmovies.com/?p=337 A trucker action movie along the lines of “Over the Top” but without the arm wrestling.

Patrick Swayze, Randy Travis and Meatloaf (oh my) prove that if you wreck a car… it will explode.

 

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The Expendables http://badactionmovies.com/2012/01/the-expendibles/ http://badactionmovies.com/2012/01/the-expendibles/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:00:04 +0000 http://badactionmovies.com/?p=276 Continue reading ]]> The ExpendablesThe Expendables cast is made up of the action stars that are known by last names – Stallone, Statham, Li, Willis, Schwarzenegger, Lundgren & Rourke.

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.

Takeaways:

  • The quality of the effects are great, but the fast cuts between clips make me feel that they are hiding something.
  • Stallone’s hold onto a plane as it takes off is amazingly unbelievable, and reminiscent of the finger strength first displayed in Cliffhanger.

The Expendables is a great 3 star movie, but didn’t reach my 5 star dreams.

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Death Race 2 http://badactionmovies.com/2012/01/death-race-2/ http://badactionmovies.com/2012/01/death-race-2/#comments Mon, 09 Jan 2012 05:00:44 +0000 http://badactionmovies.com/?p=287 Continue reading ]]> 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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Men of War http://badactionmovies.com/2012/01/men-of-war/ http://badactionmovies.com/2012/01/men-of-war/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2012 18:00:01 +0000 http://badactionmovies.com/?p=278 Continue reading ]]> Men of WarMen of War begins with Nick Gunner (Dolph) on the streets of Chicago. He is approached to complete an easy job and collects his rag tag assortment of mercenary buddies, giving a glimpse of their character and  civilian lives.

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.”

Takeaways:

  • Dolph Lundgren loves carrying children
  • It is never explained where the lady mercenary came from, or why she was in this movie.

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.

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Direct Contact http://badactionmovies.com/2011/12/direct-contact/ http://badactionmovies.com/2011/12/direct-contact/#comments Thu, 29 Dec 2011 19:02:13 +0000 http://badactionmovies.com/?p=21 Continue reading ]]> 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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Iron Eagle http://badactionmovies.com/2011/12/iron-eagle/ http://badactionmovies.com/2011/12/iron-eagle/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2011 17:00:20 +0000 http://badactionmovies.com/?p=85 Continue reading ]]> Iron EagleIron Eagle is the story of an Air Force brat whose father has been shot down and held hostage in a foreign land. Some teenagers might wait for our government to negotiate, but metal-loving Doug Masters knows this is a waste of time.

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.

Takeaways;

  • a small plane and dirt bike race proves that they travel at the same speed.
  • tape decks are awesome.
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Expendables 2 Trailer Released http://badactionmovies.com/2011/12/expendables-2-trailer-released/ http://badactionmovies.com/2011/12/expendables-2-trailer-released/#comments Mon, 26 Dec 2011 18:29:33 +0000 http://badactionmovies.com/?p=228 Continue reading ]]> I had very high hopes for the original Expendables movie. A huge collection of action stars pulled together to fight evil. It had it’s moments, but didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rkdTcQLwZ4

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Commando http://badactionmovies.com/2011/12/commando/ http://badactionmovies.com/2011/12/commando/#comments Mon, 26 Dec 2011 18:00:41 +0000 http://badactionmovies.com/?p=219 Continue reading ]]> CommandoAnother classic 5 star bad action movie. If you haven’t seen this movie, it is currently on Netflix and is worth a watch (or re-watch).

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.

Takeaways:

  • Is any family this happy? Alyssa Milano appears to have no friends, or entertainment beside hanging with pops.
  • Early on, Arnold is forced to make a run for his rifle in the shed, but couldn’t he have just borrowed the gun of the soldier? Of course, this would have made for a very short movie.
  • The music, why is it so.
  • A young Bill Paxton putting in his time.
  • Arnold throws out the catchy “I’ll be back.”

Commando is one of the big budget movies that defined the bam genre in the 80’s.

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Hard to Kill http://badactionmovies.com/2011/11/hard-to-kill/ http://badactionmovies.com/2011/11/hard-to-kill/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2011 04:53:08 +0000 http://badactionmovies.com/?p=47 Continue reading ]]> 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 http://badactionmovies.com/2011/11/showdown-in-little-tokyo/ http://badactionmovies.com/2011/11/showdown-in-little-tokyo/#comments Thu, 10 Nov 2011 03:40:26 +0000 http://badactionmovies.com/2011/11/showdown-in-little-tokyo/ Continue reading ]]> 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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