THE PLOT THUS FAR
A power vacuum develops when the top mob boss flees a federal indictment.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
When the boss of the local Irish mob abruptly skips town, an aspiring gangster gathers a group of petty crooks to seize control. But with other rival factions clamoring to fill the power vacuum, there’s a war on in the streets. Basically, if you read Punisher comics in the 1980s…you know what happens next. A bunch of vague ethnic criminals shoot each other in the face, while a lone hero rises among them. This time it’s Mike “Madso” Madden and his struggle to keep everything in balance. For a Spike TV production, it’s not too shabby.
“Madso’s War” has been done before and done better. But, these kinds of films lend themselves to that kind of exploitation sleaze that used to keep early premium cable channels afloat in the lean years. If you’re looking for greater character depth or extra material, then you’re not going to find it. What you’re going to get is gunplay, melodrama and Luther from “The Warriors” shows up to remind people that he’s still working. I’ve included some video clips from the production for you to peruse. Have fun!
The DVD comes with no special features. But, the A/V Quality is pretty strong and it sports a clear transfer. I just wish that the Dolby 5.1 audio track wasn’t so lossy. Almost all of the back channel audio is stamped upon by the heavy forced action in the front soundstage. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!