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Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe (2011)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beatriz (as Ilza Rosario)
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Germán Escallón ...
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Montez (as John Acero)


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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17 April 2011 (USA)  »

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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 »


A "military court" would not have issued a ruling (as stated in the voice-over during the airport scene) without a formal proceeding. The question and answer session was not a formal military proceeding, even though a female character appeared as though she was supposed to be transcribing the session. See more »


Sam Axe: [after throwing a chainsaw at a group of attackers] Very groovy!
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A great way for a Burn Notice follower to fill the absurdly long inter-season hiatus.
18 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

The long anticipated prequel to the Burn Notice series answered many of our nagging questions about the series and Sam Axe in particular; but, posed even more. Matt Nix (the writer) and Bruce Campbell (the actor) played the Sam Axe character true to the form we would expect of a former Navy SEAL, if anything even more so. Affable, caring, not taking himself too seriously -- but with a high sense of loyalty and duty as well as street savvy. For the most part, a "squared away" SEAL - except that most of those guys that I'm acquainted with are quite a bit more serious, and anything but easy going.

Unfortunately, not all the show's characters fared the same. Don't get me wrong, none were poor actors; just that, some were weaker than others. And, most were appropriate for the genre and situation; but, just as in the series, some were written unbelievably stupid, or uni-dimensional or repetitive. Matt does seem to have a bit of a penchant for writing controlling shrews as lead female characters.

The director, Jeffery Donovan (Michael in the series), and writer are apparently much more acquainted with crooks, thugs and terrorists than they are with anything military. Guns, bombs and thugs are portrayed with amazing accuracy but anything military (especially Navy) seems to end at the mere term: "Navy SEAL." Supposedly Mr. Nix relies heavily on spy consultants but no one associated with the show appears to have even served in the military. No attempt seems to have been made to even approximate the correct insignias, uniforms, badges or military law (J.A.G) processes.

None-the-less, the series isn't about the military, TV budgets aren't the same as movies, Jeffery is a beginning director, and Matt... well he's Matt, one of a kind. The character-driven story was so compelling that, if you didn't look too deeply, or become annoyed with the characterizations, it was two hours well spent. Followers of the series will not be disappointed and will be well served with the new explanations, the new questions to answer, the expansion on a well-liked character, AND a great filler to a terribly long season hiatus.

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