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Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe (2011)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  17 April 2011 (USA)
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Follows Sam Axe on a mission in Latin America and gives us a glimpse into his military past.

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As informal punishment for an unwitting affair with admiral Gregory Maitland's adulterous wife, Sam Axe, a US Navy Commander, was sent to Colombia to observe the suspected rebel movement Espada Ardiente ('Burning Sword'). Now he's under investigation for allegedly consorting with those alleged terrorists. He explains how he discovered that his Colombian army liaison Comandante Veracruz was the real drug dealers cahoot, who pailed on framing Axe and presumably innocent farmers for the bombing of an American-run Andes clinic. Sam escaped and tried to help the civilians and forces CIA observers to demand urgent help. He even found a trump card to avoid conviction for his illegal methods and a favorable discharge. Written by KGF Vissers

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Every man has a past. His just has more explosions.


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Nepouzdani agenti: Pad Sema Eksa  »

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Sam claims he only taught the "terrorists" plays from the junior varsity football team from Analy High School. Matt Nix (creator of Burn Notice) graduated from Analy High School in Sebastopol California. See more »

Goofs

Naval Officers do not wear black shoes with the white uniform the shoes should be white. As a commander his cover (hat) should have "scrambled eggs" on the visor. The shoulder boards were not properly attached. While the are times when it is proper to salute indoors, Naval personnel never salute without being covered (wearing the hat). See more »

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Rawlins: [Sam is wearing bright blue fatigues] You do know most of Colombia's green, right?
Sam Axe: Yeah, I don't think the guy who issued them wanted me to blend in.
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References Jack of All Trades: Return of the Dragoon (2000) See more »

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Distracting but uneven in tone and not particularly good in any specific regard – it is carried by Campbell though
20 May 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Between season 4 and 5 of Burn Notice, this prequel movie of sorts was produced that focuses on Sam who, when we join him, is undergoing an informal military "interview" over his actions during a mission in Columbia. This flashback structure takes us away from the normal settings in the main but (hopefully) still allows for the easy mix of style, comedy and action that makes Burn Notice a "safe pair of hands" when it comes to prime time. From the start it does feel like we are in a "lesser" product though because the camera work and sets seem to lack the style, colour and flair of the TV show proper. It feels and looks like either less money was available for it or the makers were playing it in a slightly different way.

The result is somewhat of a B-movie thriller except with an oddly uneven tone running across it. Sometimes it is amusing but it is never hilarious; sometimes it has action but it is never exciting; it just tends to have a little bit of everything to make it passable for those willing to go along with it. If you sat to watch it without any vested interested in the character of Sam then probably you'll not get much from it but then this is because it doesn't offer a huge amount for you. The main selling point here is Campbell and he does make it more entertaining than it deserves to be because his performance and his character are quite fun. The in-jokes for his fans are a nice touch if a little clunky, while he throws himself into it with energy and good comic timing. The supporting cast are never more than average though and it does hurt the overall film.

The effects are solid enough and the A-Team-esque action is decent and bloodless enough to distract. The direction is surprisingly "straight" though; the TV show has lots of music and quick cuts and sliding transitions but here the presentation is a lot more drab by comparison – a bit of "oomph" in this regard would have helped the film feel slicker and more fun as works for the show. Overall The Fall of Sam Axe is a distracting bit of filler to those fans of Burn Notice, even though it never gets to the same level of entertainment or fun as the actual show does. Bruce Campbell fans will get a kick out of it and it is certainly an "easy" watch but nothing more than that.


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