REVIEW: GAME OF DEATH

CAST

Wesley Snipes (Blade)
Aunjanue Ellis (Undercover Brother)
Zoe Bell (Bitch Slap)
Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters)
Gary Daniels (Recoil)
Robert Davi (Maniac Cop 3)

Wesley Snipes and Gary Daniels in Game of Death (2011)The story is told in flashback. CIA agent Marcus Jones recounts his final mission in the form of a confession to a Catholic priest. The mission begins when Jones’s mentor in the CIA, Dietrich, informs him that his next assignment is to gather intelligence for the possible prosecution of American citizens Frank Smith, an arms dealer, and John Redvale, a hedge fund manager. Jones succeeds in being hired as Smith’s bodyguard and accompanies Smith to the Redvale building, where Smith is supposed to obtain $100,000,000 in cash. Unknown assailants attack the vehicle in which Smith and Jones are travelling. While Jones is distracted, Dietrich, flying above them in a helicopter with several other CIA agents, discovers that the others are traitors when they kill him. They are after the $100,000,000.Wesley Snipes in Game of Death (2011)Jones and Smith survive the attack partly because Smith has a heart attack just as it begins. The driver is killed; Jones takes the wheel, loses the killers, and drives Smith to Detroit Medical Center, where he is provided with lifesaving care. The CIA traitors show up and begin killing hospital staff. Jones, the primary target of the killers, eludes them and manages to take several of them out until Floria takes him prisoner and takes him to new team leader Zander. However, Jones is knocked unconscious and left to take the blame for deaths, while Smith is taken, along with a doctor to meet Redvale so that the killers can get his $100,000,000.Wesley Snipes in Game of Death (2011)Redvale decides the best course of action is to let the killers have the money, then hunt them down and kill them many years later. Meanwhile, Jones steals an ambulance and drives to Redvale’s building to save the doctor and eliminate his former team members. Accomplishing both of these missions, Jones then eludes scores of Detroit Police Department officers and escapes with a bag which contains approximately $25 million. As Jones leaves the cathedral and the priest to whom he made confession, he leaves the bag behind. Walking past the basketball court, a young man tosses a basketball to him, which reminds Jones that he is forgiven.Wesley Snipes in Game of Death (2011)The movie could have had a bit more story, especially about the sinister corporate/government deals. Snipes, who is a fine actor overall could have gotten a bit more do. It suffers from some weird visual choices. Often there are quick scenes filmed in black and white for some reason, or other color changes during actions scenes that serve no purpose. Otherwise, this is a pretty entertaining, plain action flick with good fight scenes.

 

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REVIEW: CRIMINAL

CAST

Kevin Costner (Dances With Wolves)
Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman)
Tommy Lee Jones (Men In Black)
Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight)
Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool)
Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness)
Michael Pitt (The Village)
Jordi Mollà (Blow)
Antje Traue (Man of Steel)
Scott Adkins (Zero Dark Thirty)
Amaury Nolasco (Max Payne)
Colin Salmon (Limitless TV)
Tommy Hatto (Thor: The Dark World)
Robert Davi (The Bad Pack)
Natalie Burn (Mechanic: Resurrection)

Gal Gadot in Criminal (2016)When Spanish industrialist-turned-anarchist Xavier Heimdahl arranges for his associate Jan Strook—a hacker known as “the Dutchman”—to create a wormhole program that would allow the owner to bypass all computer codes protecting the world’s nuclear defense codes, the Dutchman panics and attempts to hand his secret over to the CIA. He makes contact with London-based agent Bill Pope, but although Pope is able to get the Dutchman to a safe house and recover the money to pay him for his services, he is caught by Heimdahl’s men and tortured to death before he can tell anyone where he hid the Dutchman.Tommy Lee Jones in Criminal (2016)Desperate to find the Dutchman, Pope’s CIA supervisor Quaker Wells contacts Dr. Micah Franks, who has developed a treatment that could theoretically plant the memory patterns of a dead man onto a living one. Keeping Pope’s brain stimulated to preserve its knowledge, Franks requests that convict Jerico Stewart be the subject of the procedure, as Stewart’s criminal behavior is the result of childhood brain trauma leaving him with an underdeveloped frontal lobe, hindering his emotional development and impulse control, that they can use to “graft” Pope’s knowledge into Stewart’s mind.Kevin Costner, Freddy Bosche, and Emmanuel Imani in Criminal (2016)While the process initially appears unsuccessful, Jerico is able to escape custody while being transferred after the operation, faking his death and heading to Pope’s house, where he ties Pope’s wife, Jillian, to her bed and gags her mouth with duct tape, is able to disable the house alarms and delay an investigation of the silent alarm which Jillian manages to activate. As time goes on, he experiences memory flashes of Pope’s past, but all he can determine is that the bag of money was hidden behind a shelf of books relating to George Orwell, without identifying where it or the Dutchman are kept.Ryan Reynolds in Criminal (2016)The CIA becomes increasingly anxious to find the Dutchman when they learn that he is now planning to sell the program to the Russians, believing that the CIA has betrayed him. Fortunately, they are able to find Jerico after he contacts Dr. Franks for medication using Pope’s CIA codes, Franks’s questioning confirming that Jerico is developing emotions as well as drawing on Pope’s experience. As Jerico attempts to retrace the route Pope took to hide the Dutchman, Heimdahl creates a distraction at the airport that draws Quaker’s attention, allowing Heimdahl’s henchwoman Elsa to try and capture Jerico, killing his CIA guards before Jerico escapes by driving off a bridge.Gary Oldman in Criminal (2016)His leg injured in his escape, Jerico retreats to the Pope house, where he encounters Jillian and explains the situation to her. Although initially concerned, Jillian comes to accept Jerico’s story as she sees him interacting with her daughter, Emma, allowing Jerico to stay the night. Jerico forms a bond with the two. The next morning, Jerico realizes through a conversation with Jillian that the bag is hidden in the rare books collection at the University of London where she works. He attempts to retrieve the bag, but he is captured by Heimdahl and Elsa once he has found it. Heimdahl forces him to take them to the Dutchman or he will kill Jillian and Emma.Kevin Costner and Scott Adkins in Criminal (2016)With the CIA and a Russian strike team now seeking the Dutchman, Jerico—who has recalled that Pope hid the Dutchman in Jillian’s office at the university—is able to escape Elsa using an improvised nitro-glycerine bomb, returning to the office to provide a hurried explanation to the Dutchman. The two are caught by Elsa before they can escape, Jerico is shot in the shoulder and after she kills the Dutchman, Jerico knocks her out with a potted cactus before killing her by bashing her head in with a lamp. Taking the flash drive containing the wormhole program to the airfield where Heimdahl is attempting an escape, Jerico is able to save Jillian and Emma despite Quaker’s protests about the danger Heimdahl could pose with the program. As Heimdahl’s plane takes off, Jerico reveals to Quaker that he had the Dutchman reprogram the wormhole so that it would target the source of the next transmission, resulting in Heimdahl unwittingly destroying his own plane when he tries to fire a missile at the airfield. A few months later, Jerico is shown on the beach where Pope and Jillian had their honeymoon, initially unresponsive to anything but automatic reflexes and responses. With all other options exhausted, Quaker and Franks take Jillian and Emma to see him, the sight of Pope’s family confirming that some part of Pope exists in Jerico when he responds with a nose-tap that was Pope and Jillian’s way of saying “I love you” in private. Witnessing this, Quaker reflects that he will offer Jerico a job.Ryan Reynolds in Criminal (2016)More like Face off, just that here it’s not the face but the mind that’s been swapped from a CIA operative to Costner. All I can say is watch this movie at any cost cos Costner delivered what no man can do to such perfection it’s almost impossible to explain.

 

REVIEW: THE EXPENDABLES 3

CAST

Sylvester Stallone (Judge Dredd)
Jason Statham (Safe)
Jet Li (War)
Mel Gibson (Mad Max)
Antonio Banderas (The 33)
Wesley Snipes (Blade)
Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator)
Terry Crews (White Chicks)
Harrison Ford (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Kelsey Grammer (X-Men: The Last Stand)
Dolph Lundgren (Universal Soldier)
Randy Couture (The Scorpion King 2)
Kellan Lutz (The Legend of Hercules)
Ronda Rousey (Fast & Furious 7)
Glen Powell (Scream Queens)
Victor Ortiz (Southpaw)
Robert Davi (The Bad Pack)

Dolph Lundgren, Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, and Randy Couture in The Expendables 3 (2014)The Expendables—led by Barney Ross and formed by Lee Christmas, Gunner Jensen, and Toll Road—extract former member Doctor Death, a knives specialist and team medic, from a military prison during his transfer on a train. They recruit Doc to assist them in intercepting a shipment of bombs meant to be delivered to a warlord in Somalia. Arriving there, they reunite with Hale Caesar, who directs them to the drop point, where Ross is surprised to find out that the arms trader providing the bombs is Conrad Stonebanks, a former co-founder of the Expendables who went rogue and was presumed dead. In the ensuing firefight, The Expendables manage to kill all but Stonebanks, who shoots Caesar twice. As the team attempts to aid him, they are forced to retreat due to Stonebanks’ advanced weaponry, and Caesar is severely injured in the process.Harrison Ford in The Expendables 3 (2014)Back at the United States, CIA operative Max Drummer, the Expendables’ new missions manager, gives Ross a mission to capture Stonebanks in order to bring him to the International Criminal Court to be tried for war crimes. Blaming himself for Caesar’s injuries, Ross disbands the Expendables, not wanting his team to get killed following him, and leaves for Las Vegas where he enlists retired mercenary-turned-recruiter Bonaparte to help him find a new team of younger mercenaries to pursue Stonebanks. The recruits include former U.S. Marine John Smilee, nightclub bouncer Luna, computer expert Thorn, and weapons expert Mars. Skilled sharpshooter Galgo asks to be included in the team, but Ross turns him down.Harrison Ford and Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables 3 (2014)The new team members rendezvous with Ross’s rival Trench Mauser, returning a favor for Ross. Drummer has traced Stonebanks to Romania, where he is set to make an arms deal. Ross and the new recruits infiltrate an office building Stonebanks is using as a meeting place and, having to kill a few men in the process including arms buyer Goran Vata, manage to capture Stonebanks. In transit, Stonebanks begins to taunt Ross and explains why he betrayed The Expendables in the first place. Ross nearly kills him to shut him up but, despite Stonebanks egging him on, he stands down. Stonebanks’ men catch up to them, with the aid of his GPS Tracker, and fire a missile at the team’s van. Ross is thrown into a river, while Smilee, Luna, Thorn and Mars are captured by Stonebanks’ crew. Ross kills Stonebanks’ retrieval team and escapes.Dolph Lundgren in The Expendables 3 (2014)Stonebanks sends Ross a video, challenging Ross to come after him and giving him his location in the country of Azmenistan. While preparing to leave and mount a rescue alone, Ross is found by Galgo, who offers his services again. Ross gives him a chance, later accompanied by the veteran Expendables. They rescue the young mercenaries, only to learn from Stonebanks that he has rigged the place with explosives. As both the young and veteran Expendables begin to fight one another, Ross convinces them to work together in order to take down Stonebanks once and for all. As the final battle begins, Thorn is able to use a jammer device to delay the countdown, giving them just under half an hour before detonation. Stonebanks then orders the armed forces of Azmenistan to attack the building with full force, including tanks and attack helicopters. Drummer and Trench arrive in a helicopter to help, alongside returning Expendables member Yin Yang.Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham in The Expendables 3 (2014)The new and veteran members of the Expendables work together to kill Stonebanks’ men. When a second wave moves in, Drummer lands on the building to evacuate the team. As everyone makes it to Drummer’s chopper however, Stonebanks personally attacks Ross after shooting him down. Having been forced to remove the armor and his weapon, Ross and Stonebanks engage in hand-to-hand combat after Stonebanks drops his gun to challenge Ross. Both are evenly matched, but Ross manages to knock down Stonebanks before they both reach for their guns, Stonebanks starts shooting but Ross gets the better of him. At his mercy, Stonebanks questions Ross “What about the Hague?”. Having coldly answered “I am the Hague” Ross shoots Stonebanks with his Colt Single Action Army revolver, finally killing him. Seconds after Stonebanks’ death, the batteries of Thorn’s device run out and the building begins to explode and collapse. The team makes it to Drummer’s helicopter and flies away to safety, with Ross clinging to it from the outside. In the aftermath, Caesar recovers from his wounds, and Ross officially accepts Galgo, Smilee, Luna, Thorn, and Mars into the team. They all celebrate at a bar together.Dolph Lundgren in The Expendables 3 (2014)The movie is a little bit slow at the start, but it quickly picks up pace and then it just steamrolls continuously on towards the very end. Wesley Snipes was really a welcomed addition to the movie, because he played his role so well.If you enjoyed the previous two movies, then you will also enjoy The Expendables 3. No doubt about it.

 

REVIEW: BLOOD OF REDEMPTION

CAST

Dolph Lundgren (Masters of The Universe)
Billy Zane (The Scorpion KIng 3)
Gianni Capaldi (Nightworld)
Vinnie Jones (Loaded)
Robert Davi (The Goonies)

Quinn (Billy Zane) is the son of a famous and powerful mafioso. In the course of one night, he loses everything. Betrayed by someone from his inner circle, Quinn is set up and arrested. His father (the patriarch of the criminal empire) is killed, and his brother suspects he is behind it all. When he’s released from jail, he tries to escape the demons from his past, but that becomes an impossible task. Campbell (Vinnie Jones) is the ruthless new leader of “The Company”, and he won’t let Quinn live in peace. So instead of escaping them, Quinn begins to fight back. He joins forces with his former henchman and friend, The Swede (Dolph Lundgren), and also fights his enemies head on.This film was a good Saturday night film to keep you entertained, it has some good elements and its far from perfect but that is why we love these type of films.

REVIEW: PREDATOR 2

CAST
Danny Glover (Earthsea)
Gary Busey (Point Break)
Kevin Peter Hall (Harry and The Hendersons)
Ruben Blades (Safe House)
Maria Conchita Alonso (The Running Man)
Bill Paxton (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Robert Davi (The Goonies)
Adfam Baldwin (Chuck)
Kent McCord (Adam-12)
Elpidia Carrillo (Seven Pounds)
In 1997, Los Angeles is suffering from both a heat wave and a turf war between heavily armed Colombian and Jamaican drug cartels. A Predator watches a shootout between the police and Colombians, observing as Lieutenant Michael R. Harrigan charges into the firefight to rescue two wounded officers and drive the Colombians back into their hideout.
While the police wait for a federal task force, the Predator crashes through a skylight and assaults the Colombians. Against orders, Harrigan and his police detectives Leona Cantrell and Danny Archuleta enter the hideout. They find the Colombians have been slaughtered. Harrigan pursues the crazed gang leader onto the roof and shoots him. He catches a glimpse of the camouflaged Predator, but dismisses it as an effect of the heat and his Acrophobia. At the station, Harrigan is reprimanded by his superiors for his disobedience. He is then introduced to Special Agent Peter Keyes, leader of the task force investigating the cartels, and Detective Jerry Lambert, the newest member of Harrigan’s team.
Later that evening, several Jamaican cartel members enter the Colombian drug lord’s penthouse. After they ritualistically murder him, the Predator kills them all. Harrigan’s team enter the penthouse where they find the Jamaicans’ skinned corpses suspended from the rafters, noting the similarity to the earlier Colombian massacre. Keyes arrives and kicks Harrigan’s team out. Archuleta later returns to continue investigating. He finds one of the Predator’s speartip weapons in an air conditioning vent, but is then killed by the Predator. Harrigan vows to bring down Danny’s killer, believing they are dealing with an assassin. Forensic scientist Dr. Irene Edwards finds the speartip does not correspond to any known element on the periodic table. Seeking answers, Harrigan meets with Jamaican drug-lord King Willie, a voodoo practitioner, in an alley. King Willie tells Harrigan that the killer is supernatural, and that he should prepare himself for battle against him. Harrigan, even more puzzled, leaves the alley, and the Predator kills King Willie, whose head is made into a trophy; from thereon the creature begins to trail Harrigan.
Harrigan and his team hear about King Willie’s death. Dr. Edwards tells them that she found some blood that came from the slaughter house where Keyes was last seen. Harrigan tells his team to meet him at the slaughter house to investigate. Cantrell and Lambert take the subway to rendezvous with Harrigan, but get involved in a mugging on the subway until the Predator attacks them and the other armed passengers. Cantrell herds the passengers to safety while Lambert faces off against the Predator and is killed. The Predator prepares to kill Cantrell, but releases her after a quick visual scan of her body reveals that she is pregnant. Arriving on the scene, Harrigan chases the Predator but is stopped by Keyes’ men. Keyes reveals that the killer is an extraterrestrial hunter with infrared vision that uses active camouflage and has been hunting humans for sport throughout armed conflicts, the recent one referring to previous events in Central America. Keyes and his team have set a trap in a nearby slaughterhouse, using thermally insulated suits and cryogenic weapons in an attempt to capture him for study.
When the Predator arrives, the trap is sprung. However, the Predator uses his mask to scan through various electromagnetic wavelengths, locates and slaughters the team. Keyes is wounded, but Harrigan attacks the Predator, wounds him and removes his mask. The Predator kills Keyes with a throwing disc and chases Harrigan to a roof. Harrigan knocks him over the side and finds himself on a narrow ledge with the Predator hanging below. The Predator activates the self-destruct device on his forearm. Harrigan grabs the throwing disc and severs the forearm, rendering the device harmless. The Predator falls through an apartment window, treats his wounds and flees through the building.
Harrigan follows him down an elevator shaft and finds a spacecraft in an underground chamber. Inside the ship, the two face off in a final duel, and Harrigan finally kills the Predator with the throwing disc. Several other Predators appear, collecting their dead comrade, and one of them presents Harrigan with an antique flintlock pistol as a trophy. Harrigan escapes from the ship as it takes off and reaches the surface just as the remainder of Keyes’ team arrives. Harrigan knows that the creatures will return and continue to hunt on Earth as they have done for centuries.
This movie has more Predator. It also greatly expanded the Predator universe and franchise. It introduced a whole new bunch of Pred weapons, tactics and behavior which never ever seemed out of place and were perfect fits. It explored their race further. The urban  setting contrasts against the previous jungle setting and is a major plus for this movie. This movie was also extremely realistic and gory. All in all, this movie is fantastic.

REVIEW: THE BAD PACK

 

CAST

Robert Davi (The Goonies)
Roddy Piper (They Live)
Ralf Moeller (Conan)
Larry B. Scott (The Karate Kid)
Shawn Huff (Christmas Trade)
Patrick Dollaghan (The Rapture)
Brent Huff (Chasing Beauty)
Marshall R. Teague (Armageddon)
Daniel Zacapa (The River)
Jeep Swenson (Batman & Robin)
Sven-Ole Thorsen (Gladiator)
Vernon Wells (Power Rangers Time Force)
Cristian Crocker-Reilly (The Other F Word)
Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld)

001136_37Everyone once in a great while, a B-movie comes along that redefines and distinguished the often dismissed sub-genre. The case in point is The Bad Pack, an action movie starring a number of familiar faces for aficionados of this kind of entertainment.  After repeated violations to their people and property, two villagers travel from Mexico to Los Angeles in an effort to hire a former commando and his band of mercenaries to fight back against a local militia. The immigrants in the Texas border town are down to their last hope, when McCue (Robert Davi) and his men (Roddy Piper, Ralph Moeller, Larry B. Scott) bring their technical expertise and strength to combat the volatile situation.hqdefaultDirector Brent Huff stages the film with energy and has the sense to cast under-rated talents in key roles. The cast is headlined by Robert Davi, who normally portrays villains, but makes for an appealing hero. B-Movie mainstay Marshall R. Teague is the dastardly head of the formidable Militia. The Bad Pack is The Expendables a decade before the latter reinvigorated the sagging careers of its participants. Unlike that film, The Bad Pack has been made on a limited budget, but every cent has been squeezed to present the best possible product on-screen.

 

REVIEW: CENTER OF THE WEB

CAST

Robert Davi (The Goonies)
Chaerlene Tilton (Dallas)
Ted Prior (Deadly Prey)
Bo Hopkins (The Wild Bunch)
William Zipp (Future Force)
Charles Napier (The Silence of The Lambs)
Tony Curtis (The Defiant Ones)

UntitledJohn Phillips (Prior) is just a simple acting teacher. When he is mistaken for a hired killer by some bad guys, a conspiracy begins to unfold. It seems there are a group of people planning to assassinate the Governor of Alabama (we were able to piece that together because this AIP production, like Raw Nerve (1991), was shot in Alabama, and the local paper, the “City Press” announced there was going to be a “Governor’s Convention” on its front page). Phillips is confused, and even more so when Justice Department agent Richard Morgan (Davi) wants him to continue playing the part of “John Logan” so he can ensnare the rest of the nefarious organization and prevent the assassination. Add to that Phillips’ lawyer/girlfriend Katherine (Tilton) who is trying to help him but gets swept up in the confusion, especially when Alessandro (Hopkins) is poking around wanting answers. And where do Stephen Moore’s (Curtis) true loyalties lie?klmlkmlmNeedless to say, there are many, many twists and turns and you don’t know who is double-crossing who. Sure, a lot of it doesn’t make much sense but who is really monitoring this very closely? It appears that Center of the Web was one of AIP’s attempts at striving for better. They were obviously trying to move away from junkiness and do something a little classier. For the most part, we would say they were successful, if the goal was something less silly. But is that what people really want? The weirdest thing about this AIP film was its pacing. It seemed weird and offbeat, perhaps not on purpose. Hard to say.fgefwegewrgwergThe stand-out scene in the film is the one and only action/stunt sequence. We won’t spoil it, you’ll know it when you see it. It’s actually very impressive. For a more “mature” AIP experience, try Center of the Web.