Monday, August 29, 2011
Ok first off let me say that I am a huge fan of cheesy action films, and of Steve Austin, and Michael Jai White. Steve Austins last few titles, Damages, Hunt to Kill, and The Stranger were all very entertaining. Michael Jai White is a very underrated martial arts actor, and Black Dynamite, a film he wrote, and starred in was one of the funniest films in the last few years. So needless to say I was looking forward to this film sense I first read about it.
We start off with Steve Austin and his S.W.A.T. team stopping a grocery store robbery, which ends with not only the criminals dead but the hostages injured as well. After being berated by the worst angry captain in film history are team is suspended, and sent to a class on SWAT tactics. After sitting through a very amusing scene of the group explaining how to tear gas a daycare and shoot the perp we meet our 2 different sets of criminals. 2 Russians, 1 man, sporting the worst accent this side of Al Pacino's Scarface, and his "Sexy" Russian hit woman (or something) who looked too much like the Octamom in a leather outfit. There shaking down a weaselly type character who has stolen a briefcase from a local black gangster and hidden it, in an abandon hanger, or warehouse, or something like that. Enter the black criminal and his henchman who also want the case back. conveniently Austin, White, and the rest of the SWAT team show up to this empty building to run through drills. Catch is there using blanks, and the criminal's of course have real ammo. That where the fun should begin. However it doesn't!
The editing in this film is awful, quick cut aways, and choppy editing ruin most fight scenes, not that there good to begin with. The acting is atrocious. Steve Austin and Michael Jai White are both very Charismatic actors with great screen presence, but not in this film. Every time a bad guy shoots at a car, or a door, or even in the air you see a obviously cg bullet explosion. The plot also has too many holes even for an action film like this. For starters why is Steve Austin allowed to lead his team through drills while they are suspended, even though is he on suspension with them. Shouldn't they be at the police academy to be graded. How come no one has a cell phone to call for help, and who in the blue hell thought it would be good to hire Keith Jardine too play the bad guys top muscle. Sure its cool to see a UFC fighter take on a Pro Wrestler, but Jardine sets new standards for bad acting, He was so horrible Uwe Boll would probably not even cast him in a film, Plus they even through in a twist ending so ridiculous it doesn't even make sense.
In Steve Austin's Autobiography he stated he wanted to make low budget films like Lorenzo Lamas. Well I have to admit I have seen all of Mr. Lamas's and they are all leaps and bounds better then this one.
My advice would be to watch this on cable with some friends and laugh at it. I don't recommend this one for purchase.
OVERALL 1 Star out of a possible 5