Damage (2009)-* * *
Directed By: Jeff King
Starring: Steve Austin and Walton Goggins
"Pain has a new name."
Not to be confused with the Jeremy Irons movie of the same name, this "Damage" is full of hard-hitting fights. (It would be cool to see Irons in a punchfighting movie though. A man can dream...)
John Brickner (Austin) was in jail for manslaughter for 5 years and has now just been paroled and looking for work. He finds it by becoming a bouncer for a dive bar. Reno (Goggins) is a hustler who watches Brickner and invites him to fight in a underground tournament. At first Brickner says no way, but a phone call from the victim's wife asking for $250,000, forces him to fight.
Can he fight his way to the top?
Steve Austin does a pretty decent job as Brickner. You care about his character...but this is a punch-fighting flick and we don't want to see maudlin acting. The movie forgets what it is.
One of the plot points is that Brickner has 13-inch fists. (Remember John Matuszak's 55-inch chest from One Man Force?) When Brickner punches once, it breaks an opponent's ribcage. The most exciting moments are the fight sequences...
...and they deliver in spades. They are brutal and bloody. I'm happy they are still making movies like this.
Damage is cool fight flick worth renting!
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