THE PLOT THUS FAR
When Killers Collide, Every Bullet Counts: A seasoned assassin plays both sides in a Russian gang war and becomes the target of an unknown enemy.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Ray Carver is one hell of an assassin. However, he’s played by Cuba Gooding Jr trying to do his best Bruce Willis impersonation while looking for work. The movie is embarrassingly bad, but it rises to a plateau that a lot of Lundgren’s non Expendables work has achieved in the last decade. Lundgren shows up to seemingly make fun of the contrived plot. While rocking a Magnum PI style shirt, he repairs his random junk and scowls about being brought into the fight.
There’s something about still using aging Russians as heavies, that make it hard for me to take a movie seriously. The movie centers around a Yojimbo style standoff between the Russian and Czech mob. However, no one really seems to give a shit about it rather than Gooding and Lundgren. It’s like if they kept making Death Wish movies, while Bronson’s mental health continued to decline. Well, there was Death Wish V, but let’s not get too distracted. What matters is realizing that this film is a bizarre oddity with limited market appeal.
The Blu-Ray comes with a DVD copy and a commentary from the director. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track felt a little off, as the action seemed to overpower the dialogue way too much. I’m not an audio snob that says it’s a fault of the Dolby True HD process. It just seems like the sound design wasn’t mixed that well. The 1080p transfer works for what it is. In the end, I’d recommend a rental for the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 08/21/2012