REVIEW: Direct Action
Dolph Lundgren returns to Bad Movie Knights (you can read our review of his work in Agent Red) in the action packed thriller Direct Action. Lundgren once again shows us how almost every bad movie he stars in epitomizes the Ironside Agenda, and Direct Action is no different.
I'm slowly becoming a huge Dolph Lundgren fan. My admiration is not at the level of my heterosexual love affair with Bloodsport 2's Daniel Bernhardt, and no where near the man-crush I have on Patrick Swayze, but Dolph deserves some props. Why?
His name. Dolph Lundgren. He has got the coolest name. Dolph, Dolph. Dolph as you know, in Swedish means, large 7 foot tall blond man who will kick your ass and take your ladies.
His films. Dolph Lundgren doesn't try to be something he's not. He knows his niche, he knows what he's good at, and you know, what you are getting when you sit down to watch a Dolph Lundgren movie. When you toss a Dolph Lundgren movie into your dvd player, you are guaranteed to see him kick unlimited number of asses, fire off ridiculous amounts ammunition from weapons the military has even produced yet, and blow the shit out of every car, building and vagina he comes in contact with. Dolph, Dolph.
Direct Action stars Dolph Lundgren as Frank Gannon....cop, tough cop, he's all cop. Direct Action combines the mystery and drama of Serpico, the camaraderie of the Lethal Weapon series, and the all out ass kicking you expect from Dolph. Frank Gannon is a veteran cop of 10 plus years who is part of the Direct Action unit. He comes forward to the Feds that his fellow officers in the Direct Action unit are corrupt and embezzling money, and plans to testify in court at 5 P.M. that day. His fellow officers, angered by his betrayal, first try to bribe him, with money, and promotion, but Gannon will have none of it. They then turn to killing him....hopefully before the 5 P.M. deadline. Gannon's only hope, are his new rookie partner (new that day....she's a 105 lb. woman, who can barely hold up the giant rifle she is toting) Billy and his old partner Bryant (he's the Lethal Weapon partner, who has the wife and family and kids who all love the lone wolf Frank Gannon).
One of the coolest things about Direct Action is that Frank Gannon is ridiculously over the top violent. Faced with an adversary, in just about every situation, Gannon beats the ever loving shit out of the assailant, disarms them, and leaves them bleeding and unconscious on the pavement.....then he shoots them! I kid you not. In one scene he punches a guy's face through a door. Then walks through the door and shoots him twice in the chest. Sweet! He's got this futuristic M-16 looking gun (the one his partner can barely hold up) that I think he reloads only once the entire film, and then at the end one of those giant Italian Terminator shotguns, which is very handy for...first knocking out an opponent with the stock, and then carefully placing it against said opponents skull to blow their head off.
Finally, probably the coolest thing about this movie, is that Dolph Lundgren's nemesis in Direct Action is Captain Stone, played by Conrad Dunn. I know you are like who? Mr. Dunn, started his hollywood career way back in 1981, in a little film called Stripes. You may remember him as Francis 'Psycho' Soyer. Anyone doesn't remember who he is.....he'll kill you.
Hamlin Grade: 4
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