3 1/2 Stars
The Package beginnings with close-up shots displaying the inner mechanics of a bowling alley, belts and pulleys work in unison to create a function system that regurgitates bowling balls and restructures pins. From this esoteric vantage point it is obvious that the latest from iconic action stars Lundgren and Austin is going to be a bit of a detour from their most current outputs. In fact I can’t recall ever seeing the former WWE star Austin in a suit and slacks. Calling The Package excessively violent and simple-minded is redundant, that’s kind of the whole point when you get two mesomorphs like Austin and Lundgren in a film. This once again is an extended cameo role for Lundgren, who is sparingly interested into the film during the first hour, but makes the most of his minimal moments by adding menace and quirkiness to an already loopy role as a gentleman thug in poor health. It is former light heavyweight kick-boxer Jerry Trimble, himself a star of many grade-z guilty pleasures, who proves he still has the moves and makes a compelling argument for his addition to the next Expendables role-call. Strongly directed by former stuntman Jesse V. Johnson, this energetic thriller is anything but dull. Laced with a swift pace, charismatic leads and rampaging gunplay, The Package is a lot of fun for the initiated.
Director: Jesse V. Johnson
Stars: Steve Austin, Dolph Lundgren, Darren Shahlavi