I was reluctant to rent this, thinking it would be like one of those Chuck
Norris action flicks with cheesy titles and even worse cover art. And in
some ways, this was like one of them, but really, it wasn't too bad, and
proved to be an entertaining feature.
Stephen McHattie plays Erik, a mercenary in Central America who is still
haunted by his 'Nam days. Yet now he's working to get rid of those who are
drug smuggling, hiding something, or just know too much. (About what does
not matter.) Then one day, Erik meets Liliana (Deborah Van Valkenburgh),
American journalist doing a story on the dying rainforests. As she and
get to know each other, Liliana begins to delve into her topic, and Erik
goes along with his assignments. Eventually, their lives intertwine not
through friendship, but through murder, when Erik is asked to kill the man
Liliana is interviewing primarily for her story. But then it's realized
Liliana knows too much, and Erik is ordered to kill her, too. In a
between honor and love, Erik and Liliana go on the run, and now both of
are to be found and killed. And thus, the chase begins.
The movie really isn't that bad. The acting was impressive by the two
with the tough Erik and the endearing but capable Liliana. And the action
quite impressive, without going overboard and losing the story. Most of
movie is build-up to the last half-hour or so when the chase really
but first hour isn't boring, and sets everything up quite well. Also, the
movie is able to generate a good amount of suspense, especially in the
scenes when the killer is trying to break into the summer house where
Liliana is hiding (scenes reminiscent to "Straw Dogs") and then the
subsequent chase. The ending is a bit cheesy with the suitcase bomb, but
idea is utilized well, and manages to add some thrills. One gripe is that
the bomb is supposed too explode in fifteen minutes, yet indicated by the
time of day change, at least a few hours pass. If you can look past that,
you can look past any other faults of the movie.
I recommend this for action movie fans that still want to have to pay
attention somewhat, and for those who like a good thrill.
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