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The Killing Machine (I) (2010)
"Icarus" (original title)

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A Soviet-trained assassin is determined to escape his double life as a hitman and as a husband-father.

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There were those who called him Icarus. Everyone else knew him as a divorced father working for an investment company. But they didn't know his other side-his dark side. Because Icarus was at his best when he was killing people. For years, he'd worked as a sleeper agent in America-but when the Soviet Empire collapsed, he found himself in a foreign country with no one to trust. Determined to break from his dark past, he started over with a new identity. But you can only escape your past for so long. When a sudden mishap in Hong Kong blows Icarus' identity, past and present collide - and the assassin realizes he is now the target. The people that want him dead will stop at nothing to get to him. And that means going after what he cares about most-his wife and daughter. Fighting for his life, Icarus is forced to face the demons of his past to protect the loved ones in his present. He must fight to save the only thing he's ever done right in his life. He needs to uncover who is after him ... Written by Anonymous

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In this film both Dolph Lundgren and Bo Svenson plays Russians. In real life, they are both Swedish. Bo Svensons mother is Russian do. See more »

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The Beretta 92FS Inox pistol used by Icarus suddenly changes to a Taurus PT92 and then back to a 92FS Inox during a shootout. See more »

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An entertaining but not highly memorable action film
2 December 2010 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Dolph Lundgren made a competent work as a director in Icarus, much better than the one he did in his previous movie as a filmmaker, the tedious Command Performance.Icarus may not be a great movie, but I found it to be entertaining and very superior to many action movies made straight to DVD.

The screenplay of Icarus has various clichés directly taken from many action movies from the 90's, which do not offer something new to the old formula of persecution and revenge; however, screenwriter Raul Inglis made the human element behind the violence to be credible, something which adds a varnish of emotion to the screenplay.The result may not be brilliant, but it feels more honest than many movies about "alcoholic ex-cops who must defeat an enemy from the past", or something like that.I also liked the fact that the main character is a murderer with a golden heart, so that we constantly question ourselves about the morality of his actions and our reasons to wish his triumph.That trick is undoubtedly copied from the film The Professional, but it still worked in Icarus (respecting proportions, of course; remember I am talking about a low-budget B-movie).

Unlike Steven Seagal, Lundgren is conscious of his limitations, as we can see in this movie.To start with, he carries his age with dignity and does not try to make us believe he is 25 years old.The abundant action scenes are consistent with his character, who occasionally triumphs due to his experience and ingenuity, and not because of being omnipotent or infallible.Besides, I feel that even Lundgren himself recognizes the fact that he is not a good actor, and because of that, he filled the other roles with solid actors; I particularly liked the work from Samantha Ferris, Stefanie von Pfetten and Bo Svenson, because they all bring force and conviction to their characters.

So, in conclusion, Icarus is not an excellent or very memorable film; but I personally had a good time watching it, and I think that makes it worthy of a recommendation.


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