The Killing Machine (2010) – Review

3 Stars

In The Killing Machine, Dolph Lundgren is an ex KGB agent, now living in the United States and working as a hit-man, for the Russian mafia. The veteran assassin is contemplating retirement, when he is forced into taking one last assignment. Things go awry and suddenly Lundgren finds himself the target for a group of skilled mercenaries. The Killing Machine (a.k.a. Icarus) is a stylish action thriller that attempts to add an element of film noir mixed in with its Bourne-like story. The result is a mixed bag, with a handful of good scenes but not much originality.

Interview: Dolph Lundgren

Internationally recognized action icon Dolph Lundgren has appeared in 40 films over a career spanning 26 years. After making his debut in ‘Rocky IV’ as the villainous Ivan Drago, Lundgren has gone on to portray such beloved characters as ‘He-Man’ and ‘The Punisher’. His recent role in ‘The Expendables‘ reunited him with long time friend and on-screen rival Sylvester Stallone. Dolph Lundgren has directed six feature films, the latest being ‘The Killing Machine’, available now on DVD.

nullJason: Now that you’re an accomplished director, in addition to being an actor, is it difficult to be directed by someone else? Or do you enjoy the break from all the responsibility?

Dolph Lundgren: Actually it’s a pleasure, less work. You can always pick up stuff, you watch with different eyes then when you’re acting. If you haven’t directed you’re not aware of the mechanics of how it’s all put together. When you’ve directed you get ideas of camera placement and lighting, and you watch the whole show. It’s kind of relaxing to able to just ‘act’. So I’m doing a couple of supporting roles in a few movies just to act a bit and have fun with it. (read our review of Command Performance)

Direct Contact (2009) – Review

2 1/2 Stars

The latest release from Nu Image/Millennium films and venerable action icon Dolph Lundgren is a curious beast. Well shot and edited with a fantastic score by Stephen Edwards, this 90 minute action affair is filled with enough mayhem, violence and nudity to entertain undiscriminating fans of the straight-to-DVD genre. The action is so constant that it’s as if the producers were trying to cover up the fact that the script (Les Weldon, Replicant, Hidden Agenda) is a paper-thin rehash of other films in the Nu Image cannon. In fact at times it looks as if this film is composed of stock footage from other Millennium films. A shot of a tank appearing from a snow covered base is used when the scene is taking place on a spring day is just one of the many odd inconsistencies.