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Detonator (2003)

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A former FBI agent must stop a madman from setting off a bomb.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Stoddard
Jane Dreyer
Robert Brickland
Jack Forrester
Steve Kerwin
Stuart Newman
U.S. Attorney Fred Goldenberg
Sharona Brown
Van Wilson (as Will Foster Stewart)
Fred Bizzert
DeJuan Michaels
Tommy De La Cruz ...
James Grimes
Diannah Bays ...
Diana - reporter


When a bomb, delivered to a law firm's skyscraper office, kills 15 night crew and senior partner Anne Harrington, irreverent postal inspector Beau Stoddard competently traces it. Officially he's just FBI liaison. Nominee director of Domestic Security Robert Brickland, Beau's hated ex-boss at bomb squad and FBI, grudgingly lets him collaborate with ex-partner Jane Dreyer. Soon after U.S. Attorney Fred Goldenberg is also bombed. Anonymous letters suggests the link is drug hood James Grimes, but he maintains his innocence while dying in a bloody arrest. Beau pushes on, fearing a dirtier plot. Written by KGF Vissers

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bomb | fbi | face slap | fistfight | beating | See more »


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Drama | Thriller | Action

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »





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23 January 2005 (Spain)  »

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On one scene, Beau Stoddard (Randall Batinkoff) is checking a list: you can read, among others, the names "Nathan J.", "Monty Simons", "Lisa Hansen", which are all part of the production staff of the film. See more »


Jane Dreyer: [about building explosion] LAPD says there's an eye witness?
Jack Forrester: I'm gonna go back in the building now, where it's safe.
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A nice surprise!
26 August 2003 | by (Sacile, Italy) – See all my reviews

I rented "Detonator" without any kind of expectation. I simply wanted to see Elizabeth Berkley's new film. Considering it's a straight-to-video (well, straight-to-DVD...), I was thinking it wasn't nothing great. A kind of TV action flick. But I was really wrong: it ended up to be more than I was expecting. First of all, it's hard to understand it's a low budget film: the technical credits are really excellent, including the visual effects. The opening scene (with the Valentine's box) is suspenceful and very well done. Director Jonathan Freedman did a really good job on this film. The action scenes (like that one with the big shooting at the bad guys' home) are great and there is a nice work on the characters' development.

The actors are all brilliant: Randall Batinkoff has made a very good job playing the postal inspector Beau Stoddard. He deserve starring roles like this one (I only remember her cameo appearance as Helen Hunt's boyfriend in "As Good As It Gets"). Elizabeth Berkley was a pleasant surprise on her first action film, playing FBI agent Jane Dreyer. Very believable. All the cast has done a fine job, including Will Foster Steward, whose Van Wilson gives a - brief - comic relief to the story. The screenplay is often a lot better than others big budget action flicks: there is an interesting plot and the film is not a purely mess of pirotechnic effects, explosions, car races and bi-dimensional characters. I only hated the last scenes with Elizabeth Berkley and Randall Batinkoff... it's really pathetic. What happened to the writers or the director? Where that scene came from? However, it's just a 3-seconds shot and that's not terribly bad. It's totally unreasonable, but you can laugh a lot of how useless it is, put that way. "Detonator" is a really good low budget action flick that deserves the audience attention. Elizabeth Berkley once said she would love to star in an action film: well, she choose a really nice one.

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