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Red Dawn (2012)

Red Dawn (2012)

Red Dawn    21 Nov 2012

PG-13 93 minReleased

5.4
IMDB: 5.4/10 685 votes

Red Dawn is a tale about a bunch of metrosexuals, cheerleaders and supermodels resisting the combined forces of Russia and North Korea. Or generally speaking, just North Korea. Originally, it was supposed to be the Chinese, but in a gutless act of cowardice the studio changed it to North Korea, with some Spetznaz. Now if you didn’t wonder how China, with one aircraft carrier, might invade a continental superpower, then you’d surely wonder how North Korea could do ...

4Got10 (2015)

4Got10 (2015)

4Got10    05 Nov 2015

Not Rated 84 minReleased

4.2
IMDB: 4.2/10 846 votes

I really wonder why people like Dolph Lundgren and Danny Trejo involve themselves with schlock like this. I heard a few years back that Dolph Lundgren was going through a messy divorce and that that could be part of the reason behind his incessant DTV trash streak. But I’m really not buying it. I guess the only reason for Trejo and Lundgren is that they just want to keep active and moving. So if nothing better ...

Assault on Wall Street (2013)

Assault on Wall Street (2013)

Assault on Wall Street    30 Jul 2013

R 99 minReleased

6.0
IMDB: 6.0/10 194 votes

I must confess to being a Uwe Boll sceptic at one point. I’d always suspected that there was more to him though, that he might be a troll. And after viewing this it was pretty much confirmed that he is, but that he can apply himself as a bit of a craftsman too. The movie has poor promotion, on the surface, combined with Boll’s poor reputation, the cover suggests a trashy actioner. It’s anything but. Turns ...

12 Rounds 3: Lockdown (2015)

12 Rounds 3: Lockdown (2015)

12 Rounds 3: Lockdown    11 Sep 2015

R 90 minReleased

5.3
IMDB: 5.3/10 332 votes

WWE continues to release movies that are oddly in contrast with their central pro wrestling programming. One is a noxious weekly brew of corporate political correctness and the other a streak of violent and indulgent manly movies. Manly, but more often than not, just as shit. I mean why say otherwise if it’s true? They keep pumping out these B-Movies of the action variety, so here we go again. It’s not even a yearly thing ...

Chain of Command (2015)

Chain of Command (2015)

Chain of Command    08 Sep 2015

R 88 minReleased

3.5
IMDB: 3.5/10 185 votes

I’m going to go ahead and say that watching this film in its entirety was torturous. Sometimes, I honestly wonder why I bother. I figured I’ve started watching this now so I might as well see it through and put a review on the site, to ward others away from this carcass of a ‘movie’. It’s bad, man, even by direct-to-video standards, few will make it to the end of this one. And it just goes ...

Air (2015)

Air (2015)

Air    14 Aug 2015

PG-13 95 minReleased

5.1
IMDB: 5.1/10 117 votes

This film reminds me of a recent effort by Michael Biehn, The Divide, where a group of people were trapped in stuffy squalor in the midst of nuclear fallout. That film was sleazy disgusting trash – who wants to see a film high on rape and low on plot? This film, starring The Walking Dead regular Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou, of Gladiator and Fast 7 fame, is somewhat similar. More exploitation with B-listers stuck within very cheap ...

Pleasure Island (2015)

Pleasure Island (2015)

Pleasure Island    14 Aug 2015

N/A 107 minReleased

5.9
IMDB: 5.9/10 87 votes

A mysterious former soldier named Dean returns home from service abroad, looking to catch up with his childhood friend, Jess, but finds her working in a seedy pole dancing club and under the thumb of drug dealing, Hawaiian shirt sporting thug, Connor, played by Band of Brothers’ Rick Warden in an excellent, hard-faced performance. When Dean clumsily tries to get Jess out of the grasp of Connor and his small-town criminal pals, things eventually spiral out of control, with the ...

Cop Car (2015)

Cop Car (2015)

Cop Car    07 Aug 2015

R 88 minReleased

6.3
IMDB: 6.3/10 269 votes

This film has a slow beginning and a suspect ending. I don’t know if it’s going to win many fans because of that, as well as the fact that it’s not a movie that has gotten too much exposure. When I heard that the film would have a darkly comedic streak I was a bit hesitant, I prefer these types of movies to be stone cold (hear that, Quentin Tarantino?) but it turns out the black comedy probably ...

SPL 2: A Time for Consequences (2015)

SPL 2: A Time for Consequences (2015)

Saat po long 2    13 May 2016

Not Rated 120 minReleased

6.8
IMDB: 6.8/10 375 votes

“SPL II: A Time for Consequences” is a bone-crunchingly satisfying action movie, about what you’d expect for a sequel in-name-only to the 2005 Hong Kong hit “SPL”, which ranks alongside “Flash Point” and the first “Ip Man” among Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen’s and director Wilson Yip’s very best films. The original film was chock-full of well-crafted action sequences including a jaw-dropping final fight between Yen and martial-arts icon Sammo Hung. Yen and Hung do not return for ...

Survivor (2015)

Survivor (2015)

Survivor    29 May 2015

PG-13 96 minReleased

5.6
IMDB: 5.6/10 691 votes

One supposes that 2015’s Survivor was initially intended for bigger things. With veteran action director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) at the helm and a cast which features the likes of Milla Jovovich and Pierce Brosnan, one must wonder if the feature might have been originally targeted for a decently-marketed theatrical run. Seeing the finished product, though, it’s obvious why it’s being dumped in only a handful of theatres. Written by first-time feature film scribe Philip Shelby, Survivor ...