Blast Release Date: 11 November 2004 (Russia) Genre: Action | Comedy | Thriller Director(s): Anthony Hickox (Submerged, Waxwork) Writer(s): Steven E. de Souza (Die Hard, 48 Hours) Starring: Eddie Griffin, Vinnie Jones and Breckin Meyer From the looks of it, the script for Blast, by Hollywood mainstay and creator of the “Die Hard on a […]

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Blast
Release Date: 11 November 2004 (Russia)
Genre: Action | Comedy | Thriller
Director(s): Anthony Hickox (Submerged, Waxwork)
Writer(s): Steven E. de Souza (Die Hard, 48 Hours)
Starring: Eddie Griffin, Vinnie Jones and Breckin Meyer

From the looks of it, the script for Blast, by Hollywood mainstay and creator of the “Die Hard on a [ ]” formula Steve E. de Souza, floated around Hollywood for many years. Both Eddie Griffin and LL Cool J were slated to star at one point, but one thing led to another, and it eventually went so far down the totem pole that this happened. Directed by Anthony Hickox, a stylish and outspoken man stuck in direct-to-video hell, and starring bottom of the barrel players like Eddie Griffin, Vivica A. Fox, Breckin Meyer, and Shaggy, Blast being terrible would not have surprised me.

Thanks to a combination of Hickox bringing his visual flair and de Souza nicely copying his own formula, Blast turns out pretty well. Here it’s Die Hard on an [offshore oil rig], as a group of environmentalists plan to detonate an electromagnetic bomb over the U.S. if their demands are not met. Led by Michael Kittredge (Jones), with some assistance by lackey Jamal (Meyer), the terrorists are quickly able to infiltrate the ship and take over. Since we’re following the Die Hard formula here, you better believe that Lamont Dixon (Griffin), a former firefighter who is now a tugboat captain after his best friend tragically died while on duty, is able to successfully hide and slowly pick off the terrorists one-by-one. There’s also the matter of that bomb, as FBI agent Vivica A. Fox (truly sleepwalking here) puts a couple days in trying to talk to Kittredge from land.

When you’re dealing with a Die Hard rip-off you usually know what to expect. Blast is no different, but it does have the added authenticity of being written by de Souza. He definitely adds some cute elements to the script, like the method in which the terrorists get their guns on board that few could have. His writing does tend to tread into unflattering and clichéd territories (electrocuting Griffin’s balls), but if you don’t expect that from this movie going in I don’t know what to tell you.

Anthony Hickox doesn’t get lucky when it comes to sound looping, as just like with Submerged there are times that it’s obvious another actor is doing a character’s voice. Tom “Tiny” Lister Jr., who plays the usual angry terrorist, actually has his voice dubbed over at times. It’s one thing for a supporting actor that no one knows to have that done to them, but Lister has one of the most imposing and recognizable voices to some fans of b-cinema.

It’s a mixed bag if there ever was one, but there’s enough eccentric action thanks to Hickox to recommend Blast.

DVD: Barebones.

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