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Damage (2009)

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Damage is a movie starring Steve Austin, Walton Goggins, and Laura Vandervoort. An ex-con battles it out in the cage to pay for the operation that would save the daughter of his victim. Along the way he finds fatherly love, and friendship, in the most unlikely of places.

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... John Brickner
... Reno Paulsaint
... Frankie
... Deacon
Joe Costa ... Trini Ogoun
... Veronica
... Chip
... Rich Guy #1 (as Clifton Murray)
... Rich Guy #2
... Parole Officer
... Val Sullivan
... Margaret
... Wendell Timmons
Katelyn Mager ... Sarah
... Dewey Infantino (as Stephen Miller)
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An ex-con battles it out in the cage to pay for the operation that would save the daughter of his victim. Along the way he finds fatherly love, and friendship, in the most unlikely of places.

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Fight hard to survive. See more »

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Rated R for bloody violence and language | See all certifications »

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8 October 2010 (South Africa)  »

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Agonas horis eleos  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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At the fight scene in the pool, the graffiti tag "Above" can be seen along with his infamous character. "Above" is a prolific graffiti artist in the Surrey and Vancouver area. See more »

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In the letter written to Veronica Reynolds in regard to her daughter's transplant, Medicaid is spelled incorrectly as Medicade. See more »

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John Brickner: What you know about me could fit in the crack of my ass?
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Freedom Calls
Performed by S. Two, Waldo Brown, The Battery & D. Squared
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Yep, it's bad.
11 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

There's a workable story hiding in there somewhere, but it's mostly obscured by mind-numbingly cheap fights, a clichéd soundtrack and general DTV feel.

Stone Cold Steve Austin is John Brickner, a recently paroled ex-con. He is aided by Veronica (Lynda Boyd), the widow of the man John was imprisoned for killing. However, Veronica's help is not motivated by forgiveness or understanding, but rather by a need to have John help her with her own desperate agenda.

Needing money and fast, John befriends underground fight agent Reno (Walton Goggins) and his girlfriend Frankie (Laura Vandervoort). Together they enter a fight circuit hoping that the rewards of victory will solve their respective dilemmas.

The acting in "Damage" is sub-par. Here I don't evaluate Steve Austin because you aren't expecting much. Laura Vandervoort is a little bit of eye candy, but her character seems more interested in appearing scene than actually helping her man out. Walton Goggins is too old for his role and is very inconsistent. Sometimes he's convincing, sometimes very dry --- but you can never put a finger on what his character really values. Instead of helping his woman, his character seems to gamble all his spare dollars away.

Thematically the film is a Christian tract with an "original sin" subtext. Necessarily, this leads to a class warfare view of social relationships whereby everyone is either portrayed as a "master" or a "slave" due to their debts --- moral, economic or otherwise. By consequence this perpetuates the bromides that money = root of all evil, and happiness consists of a duty ethic.

And oh yeah, rich whitey is behind it all.

Many action film fans are willing to overlook genre clichés if the film has exciting fights, like in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". But the fights in "Damage" consist of unrealistic blood splatter and mindless repetition, so it's doubtful that even the action buffs will be satisfied. Steve Austin only throws hay-makers (which rarely appear to connect),and his primary fighting attribute seems to be that he is "Stone Cold", i.e., takes a beating without getting knocked out.

The "final fight" of the film hearkens back to the cheese of mid-80's action flicks, but without the enjoyable payoff. Captive audiences should not be made to endure such a ruthless conglomeration of "YOU CAN DO IT!" aerobic workout music and extreme body greasing. It's not 1986 anymore, and there's just no excuse for direction of this kind.

The whole film is summed up by the homophobic hug given at the end:

Weak.


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