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Directed by: Dolph Lundgren
Starring: Dolph Lundgren and Bo Svenson
"No One Is Safe."
Edward Genn (Lundgren) is a family man and loving husband and father - but he’s also a secret assassin trained in the former Soviet Union
and working for the Russian Mob. His code name is Icarus. After certain
events go sideways, all manner of bad guys - goons, hired killers,
Russian mob, other mobs, etc. are after him. All Genn wants to do is
protect his family. But he’ll have to face the demons of his past first,
personified by the evil gangster Vadim (Svenson). Will his double life
come crashing down?
It’s very cool to see Dolph
as a hitman and he looks quite dapper in his suits and ties here. As
seems to be the trend of late, some scenes are underlit and too dark to
see, but what we did see, we liked very much. Except for the film
quality and the soundtrack, this film could have been made in the 80’s,
which is definitely a good thing in our book. Dolph, as star and
director, obviously knows what his fans want, and he delivers yet again.
It helps that the writer, Raul Inglis, is also the uncredited writer on
White Tiger (1996) as well as the writer of Breach of Trust (1995).
plenty of action, good violence, and Bo Svenson as well. He doesn’t show
up until the very last portion of the film, but it was cool to see
Dolph and Bo together, especially in a showdown as mortal enemies.
Interestingly, the plot of “guy was a hitman and now has a wife and
daughter who are now in danger because of his past life and he now must
use his violent training to protect them” was also used for Hitman’s Run (1999). Thankfully, neither Esteban Powell, nor any other annoying sidekick
is on display. As said earlier, Dolph knows what his fans want. Annoying sidekicks are not one of them.
thanks to the action, violence, presence of two of our favorite stars
(Dolph and Bo) and the undemanding running time of 88 minutes, not to
mention the 80’s throwback feel and Dolph’s direction, The Killing
Machine is a solid winner.
Comeuppance Review by: Brett and Ty