Direct Action Release Date: 25 May 2005 (United Arab Emirates) Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller Director(s): Sidney J. Furie (Detention, The Rage) Writer(s): Greg Mellott (Under Heavy Fire, Blank Point) Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Polly Shannon, Donald Burda A review of Dolph Lundgren’s second film since coming back from a brief retirement pretty much boils […]

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Direct Action
Release Date: 25 May 2005 (United Arab Emirates)
Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
Director(s): Sidney J. Furie (Detention, The Rage)
Writer(s): Greg Mellott (Under Heavy Fire, Blank Point)
Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Polly Shannon, Donald Burda

A review of Dolph Lundgren’s second film since coming back from a brief retirement pretty much boils down to two questions.

Is it better than the DTV films Dolph did in the 90s?

Is it a kick ass action flick?

The answer to the first question is undoubtedly ‘yes.’ Direct Action is a vast improvement over the normal Dolph product. Dolph himself look tremendous, and the film as a whole is more than watchable. It’s a simple retreat back to the theatrical formula that made a star out of Steven Seagal in the early 90s. A betrayed, honest cop gets put into perilous situations with people who want him dead. This works to Dolph’s advantage, as the man was not born to play a minesweeper, nor a journalist.

As for being a kick ass action flick, I’m leaning towards the middle here. Impacting this is one man; Curtis Petersen. Why the hell does the man still have a career as a cinematographer? Direct Action had a suitable budget direct from Nu Image, and with guys like Anthony Hickox and Tim Cox being responsible for slick productions when working with them, I expected similar results from this film. Direct Action just looks cheap. Not like a cheap Nu Image film either. It just looks like absolute crap. If Sidney Furie dictated the film’s look, I apologize to the man, but from where I stand, it looks like he’s to blame. Add in some terrible opening credits and it really makes you think that they wanted “Canadian Made and Damn Proud!” stamped on the film print.

Just as with the Seagal films, Direct Action doesn’t have a revolutionary plot behind it. Frank Gannon is a member of Direct Action Unit, a division of the law that has much more authority to stop the bad guys than normal officers. Sometime within the next eight hours or so he needs to get to the courthouse in order to testify against former members of his team who have links to various crime syndicates.

Just because he’s due in court doesn’t mean Gannon is taking the day off. Unhappily taking the token sexy rookie cop along with him for the day, the workaholic Gannon goes through the motions of his daily life before people begin trying to kill him. Cue the gunfire, rookie cop talk, and some decently choreographed fights.

Dolph definitely kicks some ass in Direct Action, but it’s just not good enough to be given the “kick ass action flick” label.

DVD: There’s set to be some behind the scenes fight footage and an interview with Dolph.

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