12 December 2015 | Wizard-8
Drag-on and on...
I recorded this movie from a movie channel I subscribe to, mainly because Jean-Claude Van Damme was in it. I thought that if he was in it, the movie, direct to DVD or not, would be above average. Think again. It seems most of the budget was blown getting Van Damme, who only has a limited number of scenes that were probably knocked off in three or four days. The movie looks really cheap, with non- existent production values that look even more horrible due to the fact the movie is shot through colored filters and with other techniques that make every shot look UGLY. Though a good blame for the failure of the movie also falls on the script; among other things, it's hard to get a handle on the hero, there are several plot turns that are somewhat difficult to understand, and the rest of the plot is both extremely familiar and painfully predictable.
There are a couple of redeeming qualities to this overall sorry movie, however. The fight scenes aren't that badly done, being both bone-crunching while feeling plausible. Also, I appreciated that the lead protagonist is not portrayed as being perfect both with fighting as well as his other actions. That was believable as well. So the movie isn't totally awful, but I still would not recommend it, even to rabid action fans.