1 1/2 Stars
The obvious point of reference here is Training Day and 16 Blocks, yet this film has the balls to get rid of the great dialog and acting in those movies. Instead it focuses on action and genre conventions. We are encouraged to root for a honest cop as he mows down scores of bad cops. The staging of these sequences are so poor that the picture starts to feel like a video game, in which targets pop up from seemingly unrealistic places. Hey at least it keeps the movie viewer off balance and offers modest surprise.
As per usual Lundgren is the best thing in the movie. He is relaxed and seems overly groomed and fashioned for a lowly police officer not on the take. His salon styled haircut and designer clothes are a bit of a distraction, yet Lundgren being a former model, dons these duds well. Direct Action has the feel of a production gone awry, though it is not nearly as inept as Diamond Dogs, it shows signs of post-production tinkering. This may have been due to the producers involvement or just the different creative choices between director and star. A film with low ambitions and entertainment value, yet ranks as one of the better Dolph films in the Furie era, though that is not high praise.
Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Polly Shannon, Conrad Dunn