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Gridlocked (2015)

R | | Action | 14 June 2016 (USA)
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Former SWAT leader David Hendrix and hard-partying movie star Brody Walker must cut their ride-along short when a police training facility is attacked by a team of mercenaries.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic Purcell ... David Hendrix
Cody Hackman ... Brody Walker
Stephen Lang ... Korver
Trish Stratus ... Gina
Danny Glover ... Sully
Vinnie Jones ... Ryker
Saul Rubinek ... Marty
Richard Gunn ... Maddox
Steve Byers ... Scott Calloway
James A. Woods ... Jason
Romano Orzari ... Dallas
Dwayne McLean Dwayne McLean ... Ed
Derek McGrath ... Booking Officer
Judah Katz ... Bill
Linda Goranson ... Nancy
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Former SWAT leader David Hendrix is down on his luck and has failed to receive medical clearance after taking a bullet on the job. Despite being highly trained and competent, his efforts have been reduced to routine tasks for the NYPD. As if things couldn't get any worse, he's been forced to babysit Brody Walker, a hard partying celebrity that's been sent on a mandatory ride along as part of his probation. Pampered and irritating, Walker is the last thing Hendrix needs. But all of that changes when a police training facility comes under attack by a team of ruthless mercenaries led by the mysterious Korver. Now, Hendrix and Walker must band together with the remaining survivors to fight back and keep the mercenaries from overtaking the compound.... if they don't kill each other first.

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Rated R for language and strong brutal violence throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

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English

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14 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Rick Hoffman was set to play the role of Marty, but was replaced by Saul Rubinek the night before filming, due to a newly enforced labor law that limited foreign work permits in Canada. See more »

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During preparation before the assault, Dominic Purcell and Cody Hackman are seen holding a short barreled rifle, presumably an M4. The Eotech sight mounted on the rifle is mounted backwards. See more »

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Passable low-budget actioner/bromance with good martial arts scenes
20 June 2016 | by ginocox-206-336968See all my reviews

"Gridlocked" is a watchable and mildly entertaining bromance/action film. Dominic Purcell's martial arts scenes are well executed and adequately choreographed. Stephen Lang does as well as can be expected with the lines that he's given. Cody Hackman plays a young actor with impulse control issues, but can't seem to decide whether to channel Robert Downey Jr. or Justin Bieber. In general, the performances fall a bit short of exemplary. One of the more memorable dramatic performance is delivered by an uncredited extra in a secretarial role who takes some documents and walks away without a word of dialogue. The bit of business has nothing to do with the plot, but she performs it convincingly, which cannot always be said for the rest of the cast.

One significant shortcoming is a problem with which many males in its presumptive target audience can relate, a shortage of females. There are two female newscasters, one policewoman who claims to be a lesbian but may be involved with a male character, an old lady, a psychologist who speaks to a character over the telephone and an unidentified woman shown in a still image. Consequently, there is no heterosexual love interest to counterbalance the bromance. While diversity for its own sake generally detracts from a film, this film seems a bit unreal for its lack. There are a few black criminals in an early scene and Danny Glover milks a supporting role. There's a Jewish guy in a stereotypical role. Otherwise, it seems very male and very WASP-ish.

For a low-budget actioner, it's entertaining enough. Some scenes seem derivative of "Die Hard 2," "Assault on Precinct 13," "Now You See Me" and other films. The acting isn't inspired, but isn't terrible. The plot is familiar and a bit contrived. Costumes, sets and such betray noticeable compromises to meet budgetary constraints. The entire film seems to have been shot without using a single tripod or other rigid mounting system, although the SteadiCam operator managed to keep the jiggle to a minimum. As a low-budget direct-to- video effort, it's a little better than average.


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