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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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Amanda Maples
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Comandante Veracruz
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Rawlins
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Luis
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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 throws the chainsaw at the soldiers ambushing him and Flaming Sword, then says "Very groovy!" This is a nod to Bruce Campbell's character, Ash, from Evil Dead II; where he found a chainsaw and said "Groovy." See more »

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Several uniform mistakes for Sam: Sam is called a Navy SEAL but in the beginning is shown with a surface warfare officer breast insignia instead of a special warfare insignia. Ribbons in the Navy are worn such that rows are touching each other, but Sam wears them with a space between rows. None of his ribbons are ribbons that I have seen, and he has an extremely small number of them for an O-5 (CMDR) especially a SEAL O-5. He is also missing a ribbon that all members of the armed forces would have in 2005, the national defense service ribbon. 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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A Brucie Spin on Burn Notice
8 May 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Fans who only know Bruce from Burn Notice might feel that this movie isn't as tightly plotted as usual and focuses too much on comedy. Bruce-only fans meanwhile will probably be surprised find Bruce playing it more straight than usual.

But if, like me, you love both Bruce AND Burn Notice, you'll lap this up! It comes across a little like a TV movie version of Romancing the Stone, with a sharper political edge. Writer/creator Matt Nix clearly has a somewhat jaundiced view of US foreign policy in Central America.

Bruce, as always, lifts the whole thing with his charisma - he's like a more self-aware, mocking version of James Garner and Matt Nix cleverly plants lots of in-jokes for both Burn Notice fans and Evil Dead-ites alike. Jeffrey Donovan's cameo felt a little forced, but other than that it's all good.

If you're immune to both Bruce and Burn Notice you'll spend your time finding fault with the accuracy of the thing. Otherwise you'll just sit back and be entertained by a fun action/comedy for 90 minutes.


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