Manly Movies

Dolph Lundgren

Shark Lake (2015)

Shark Lake (2015)

Shark Lake    02 Oct 2015

Not Rated 92 minReleased

3.5
IMDB: 3.5/10 701 votes

As long as Dolph Lundgren keeps making terrible movies, they will continue to get terrible reviews. At least from those of us with the persistence to keep trekking the bowels of VOD hell. I like the big guy a lot, we all do, so I feel like I have to follow him on this journey. And unlike the fanboys out there (why are you shitting on that movie I was looking forward to bro, but haven’t seen ...

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 ...

War Pigs (2015)

War Pigs (2015)

War Pigs    18 Sep 2015

R 91 minReleased

4.2
IMDB: 4.2/10 229 votes

I don’t believe in separate scoring systems for ‘bigger movies’ and DTV/VOD movies, like some might. E.g. some give a DTV a rating out of ten as a movie, then another rating out of ten as a DTV. I think the best way to take any movie, be it a TV movie or 300 million Marvel movie, is just to give it the same fair treatment as the next. That said, War Pigs is a very small ...

Skin Trade (2014)

Skin Trade (2014)

Skin Trade    23 Apr 2015

R 96 minReleased

5.7
IMDB: 5.7/10 640 votes

Skin Trade delivers on expectations. It does not exactly exceed them, but it does not disappoint, which is a big deal considering what’s at stake here. After all, it is a direct-to-video affair with one hell of a cast, including Expendables luminary Dolph Lundgren, Thai superstar Tony Jaa, former RoboCop Peter Weller, Hellboy star Ron Perlman, and the perpetually reliable Michael Jai White. Luckily, instead of a schlocky waste of time like Blood of Redemption or Ambushed, Skin Trade has ...

Blood of Redemption (2013)

Blood of Redemption (2013)

Blood of Redemption    19 Dec 2013

Not Rated 85 minReleased

4.6
IMDB: 4.6/10 106 votes

Blood of Redemption is another in a long line of shitty straight-to-video action titles that are sold purely on cast. Directed by Giorgio Serafini and Shawn Sourgose, this bargain basement guff flaunts Dolph Lundgren, Billy Zane, Robert Davi and Vinnie Jones, enough names to raise the eyebrow of any action fan. And with a title like Blood of Redemption, you’re guaranteed to sell a few discs. Alas, the finished product is a putrid pile of shit, a cheapo distraction which ...

The Expendables 3 (2014)

The Expendables 3 (2014)

The Expendables 3    15 Aug 2014

PG-13 126 minReleased

6.1
IMDB: 6.1/10 155 votes

Years from now people will look back at this slapstick and say, man, what a waste. Technically speaking, it’s the biggest assembly of action stars to ever appear in a movie. Go ahead and look over the others, even the first two movies, they don’t have the fire power on display here. This cast is unprecedented. And given their age and the fact that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, it’ll never happen again. ...

Ambushed (2013)

Ambushed (2013)

Ambushed    16 Oct 2013

R 96 minReleased

3.9
IMDB: 3.9/10 373 votes

Ambushed (in some regions called ‘Hard Rush’) is not a movie I was looking forward to. It seemed to have come from the same people responsible for a recent Dolph/Vinnie Jones movie, ‘Blood Of Redemption’. Now I rarely turn movies off, but I simply couldn’t suffer that movie for longer than 20 minutes or so. This looked to be more of the same, but this time I at least made it ’till the end. Does that ...

Black Water (2018)

Black Water (2018)

Black Water    25 May 2018

R 104 minReleased

4.7
IMDB: 4.7/10 733 votes

Here is a fool writing this review, because I watched the trailer for this movie a long time ago and was quietly excited about it. The slick artwork for a VOD movie also further stewed up some promise. Those hopes faded when people started speaking about how awful the film is, but it wasn’t until I watched it myself that I realized just how bad it is. It’s the fifth team up for Jean Claude Van Damme ...

The Expendables (2010)

The Expendables (2010)

The Expendables    13 Aug 2010

R 103 minReleased

6.5
IMDB: 6.5/10 452 votes

I remember that phase Sylvester Stallone went through about ten years ago. For so long he’d been maligned by the hip mainstream and threw away his inhibitions and said; ‘Fuck it, I’m going to do my own thing and have fun with my old style stuff’, starting with the ultra violent Rambo, but then really kicking off a party by announcing himself and Jason Statham in a new movie. That sounded great, then he announced Lundgren, then Willis, ...

The Expendables 2 (2012)

The Expendables 2 (2012)

The Expendables 2    17 Aug 2012

R 103 minReleased

6.6
IMDB: 6.6/10 411 votes

How quaint it is to look back at the initial theatrical release of The Expendables 2 almost five years ago in the late summer of 2012, after all the PG-13 rumours and behind-the-scenes gossip. Many of us hoped and expected an effortless home run after the rough-around-the-edges original movie. To its credit, this follow-up succeeded about as well as could be reasonably expected, pulling in over $300 million at the global box office (against its reported $100M production budget) and ...