I'll take that cigar now..If you don't mind.
***SPOILERS*** Better then you would have expected from a direct to DVD
action flick with Dolph Lundgren as Eddie Genn/KGB code name Icarus
taking things into his own hands when he's set up by his bosses and
controller to be hit when his career as a hit man for the Russian Mafia
This all happened when Genn was given a job to do in Hong Kong that in
the end exposed his true identity when one of the persons involved
survived and was able to finger him. Now back home in the US at his job
as a financial investor Genn is visited by a Mr. Grahm, David Lewis,
who by talking to him about investing in Hong Kong real estate tips
Genn off that his days as a investment broker are numbered.
***SPOILERS*** At first just being suspicious Genn soon realizes that
he's being set up for the kill when his controller Mrs.Kerr Samantha
Ferris, gives him an assignment or hit-job in Miami that's in fact to
be his very last! Non-stop action with Eddie Genn giving as good as he
takes in the movie as he's being tracked down by both sides of the law,
the Russian Mafia and FBI/CIA, for immediate termination.
After surviving a slew of bloodbaths with his both wife and 5 year old
daughter Joey & Taylor, Stefanie Von Pfetten & Katelyn Mager, kidnapped
and almost killed in the process the final showdown between Genn and
those out to get him comes down to him meeting his former and fellow
KGB Agent Valdin, who's life Genn saved, played by an almost
unorganizable Bo Svenson. I didn't realize that he was in the movie or
who he played in it until I read the films closing credits! The final
shoot-out tops all the others in the movie with at first Genn, who's
job was to knock off Vadin, letting down his guard and getting captured
by the Valdin hoodlums! But in the end the Cohiba Havana cigar, costing
as much as $35.00 a piece, that Valdin offered Genn that he at first
turned down, Genn had given up smoking, turned out to be a life saver
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A Soviet-trained assassin is determined to escape his double life as a hitman and as a husband-father..
Serviceable Action Junkfood
It makes sense for somebody whose a veteran actor of a specific genre
to eventually be a producer, writer or director for said movie. Many a
genre stalwart-Angela Bettis, Robert Englund, and Bruce Campbell have
all taken a part of directing films, for better or for worse. So for
someone like Dolph Lungren, it makes sense, as he's been a veteran of
macho action films for a long time, and has already directed some
titles in said genre. Which leads to this film, "The Killing Machine."
Dolph stars as Edward Genn, a divorced father and investment broker,
whose living a double life. You see, he also used to be a dangerous KGB
assassin known as "Icarus." Well, the past comes back to haunt him in
the Russian mob, and when they go after his family, it's time to strike
As you can tell, "The Killing Machine" is pretty much your meat and
potatoes style action/revenge movie. Thankfully, said meal isn't
unappetizing, though it's certainly not spectacular. This comes from
Anchor Bay, who at least seem to have an eye when it comes to direct to
DVD action fair, in that said movies have good production values. It's
also got enough bloody violence to satiate fans of mindless action
fare, and it's all done with relish without feeling like overkill.
Lundgren himself does a fine job as the former assassin, doing what he
can with the rather basic material (though I had to turn on the
subtitles whenever he delivered a monologue), and it's always fun to
see Bo Svenson, here acting with a very unconvincing Russian accent.
That's just fine though, as it adds to the escapist tone of the whole
If there are any problems, it's the direction and a few other
performances. Sure, Lundgren will always be a convincing bad ass, but
as a director, there isn't a whole lot about his style that sticks out
(though it's nice to see someone not resort to hyperactive editing
choices), as it's all done straightforward to the point of feeling a
bit vanilla. Also, Stefanie Von Pfetten and Lindsay Maxwell deliver
performances that could only be described as "unsatisfactory at best."
They're really bad here, and kinda drag thing down whenever they show
up, though they are pretty attractive.
As a whole, "The Killing Machine" isn't bad for a weekend afternoon
action movie. It's serviceable enough, though it's more passable than
it is exciting to be honest..