Diamond Run Release Date: 25 September 1996 (Germany) Genre: Action Director(s): David Giancola (Pressure Point, Icebreaker) Writer(s): Derrick Costa & Marty Poole (Reptilian) Starring: Richard Lynch, Don Mogavero, Sean P. Donahue, Fred Gleeck Vermont’s Edgewood Studios stands out in my mind for three reasons. First is owner David Giancola’s recent attempt to censor one of […]

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Diamond Run
Release Date: 25 September 1996 (Germany)
Genre: Action
Director(s): David Giancola (Pressure Point, Icebreaker)
Writer(s): Derrick Costa & Marty Poole (Reptilian)
Starring: Richard Lynch, Don Mogavero, Sean P. Donahue, Fred Gleeck

Vermont’s Edgewood Studios stands out in my mind for three reasons. First is owner David Giancola’s recent attempt to censor one of my reviews with the threat of litigation. Secondly, there’s the irritating Ice Queen. Lastly, they almost made Brett Piper go insane when he directed Psyclops and Arachnia. But before all that, and possibly before Giancola lost his grip on libel law, they were responsible for the 1996 film Diamond Run. Shot entirely in Vermont despite having that made-in-Canada, washed-out film look that so many of its kind have, Diamond Run is definitely one of the most overlooked b-films in MTI’s library.

Sure, it’s cheesy and full of over-the-top and/or just plain bad acting, but Diamond Run’s got something that most made-in-Canada films from the time don’t. AN IMPLOSION. Yes, Edgewood actually superimposed one of their actors over footage of a skyscraper being demolished for some added production value. And for God knows what reason, it looks pretty good too. We also get skydiving action, explosions, cars flipping over, and some more explosions as a topping on this dish of b-movie ice cream.

Ever since his partner Reese was killed via some TNT that somehow managed to implode an entire skyscraper, Detective Jack Cates has been a rebel without a cause. He refuses to give up his investigation into his friend’s death, and his suspension from the force affords him the opportunity to head to a desolate prairie town to search out the truth. Along the way we meet our diamond-holding heroine Megan Marlow and baddies Walker and Sloan (Lynch). If the last sentence and the title didn’t already spell it out for you, Walker and Sloan want to recover some diamonds before disposing of Megan and Jack.

Lead Michael J. Valentine has no idea if he’s supposed to be playing his role gritty and depressed or wacky and eccentric. Usually that would matter, but hey, it’s a b-movie with AN IMPLOSION. That’s kind of expected. Hell, as far as I’m concerned, it’s encouraged.
DVD: MTI’s trivia game, which actually spells the main characters’ name wrong. I can see why they stopped doing these stupid things now.

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