Chain of Command (2015) – Review

1 Star

Chain of Command is shockingly amateurish, especially considering it stars Michael Jai White and Steve Austin, two B-Movie action icons typically associated with above-par genre fare. For an advertised action/revenge flick there is a shortage of action, the few sequences that abound in the film’s first thirty minutes are so poorly executed that it drains the picture any shot at achieving guilty pleasure status.

Interview: Uwe Boll

Uwe Boll is a well known and prolific movie director, writer and producer. Dr. Boll is best known for directing many feature films based on video games such as Alone In The Dark, BloodRayne, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, Postal and Far Cry. He recently took a short break from his busy schedule for his second chat with

nullJason: I recently viewed In the Name of the King 2, and I was pleasantly suprised at the much lighter tone. The first film was more of a straight forward fantasy and the sequel featured a smirking anti-hero as the lead character.

Podcast EP189: The Package Review, Anchorman 2, Mission Impossible 5, Hitman

Episode one-hundred and eighty-nine. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

News: Michael Keaton Joins Need for Speed Adaptation
Fox is Rebooting Hitman with Paul Walker
Disney Confirms Stand-Alone Star Wars Films
Chris Pratt to Lead Guardians of the Galaxy
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Starts Filming, On 35mm Rather Than Digital
Christopher McQuarrie Suggests He’s Directing Mission: Impossible 5
Kristen Wiig Joins Anchorman: The Legend Continues

Movie Review: The Package

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The Package (2013) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

Mafia debt collector Tommy Wick (Steve Austin) is assigned a seemingly simple task, deliver a package to rival mafia figure and former associate,’The German’ (Dolph Lundgren). It’s not something that is normally requested of him, Tommy is more comfortable busting up a man’s face in a bowling alley than dealing with anyone from his past. However his Mafioso boss ‘Big Doug’ is using this job to wipe clean an outstanding marker Tommy’s imprisoned younger brother, Eddie (Lochlyn Munro) is unable to pay. So reluctantly Wick agrees to the deal, unbeknownst of the hijacking schemes being plotted by an opposing gang, fronted by a crazed mercenary (Darren Shahlavi).

Recoil (2011) – Review

3 Stars

It’s Death Wish meets A Fistful of Dollars (or Kurasawa’s Yojimbo, more accurately) in this vigilante tale set in the perpetually rainy town of Hope, WA. A small community over run by a biker gang involved with criminal activity. Ryan Varrett (Steve Austin) is on the run from federal agents, laying low in a small motel located on the outskirts of town. A special Federal task force is on Austin’s tail, as the cops are closing in violence erupts causing a war to break out and the townspeople of Hope are caught in the crossfire.

Hunt to Kill (2010) – Review

2 1/2 Stars

Hunt to Kill begins like Cliffhanger and ends like First Blood, and in today’s B-movie offerings, that’s ingenuity. Typically these flicks only rip-off one blockbuster. Instead of Sly Stallone we have Steve Austin as a border patrol agent, a man still traumatized over of the death of his partner. He is also a loving father to a hormonal teenage daughter. She’s the kind of obnoxious (albeit beautiful) character that is perpetually snooty even while being pistol whipped by bad guys. Hunt to Kill is something of a novelty in that it features no less than three cast members from The Expendables. It comes as no surprise then that the highlight of the film is an extended hand-to-hand fight scene between Austin and Gary Daniels. For fans of either man, that sequence alone makes this required viewing.

Tactical Force (2011) – Review

3 Stars

Steve Austin has been carving out a sizable niche in the direct to DVD action film market, and Tactical Force is his latest offering to the masses or at least WWE enthusiasts. At first glance this movie seems like it could be another low budget entry into the SWAT franchise. It’s not. It is a Die Hard-esque B-movie with a wearhouse supplanting Nakatomi tower and instead of terrorists we get warring factions of ethnic mafia members. Tactical Force is the kind of movie that will play on male oriented cable channels like Spike and FX for years to come.

The Expendables 2 (2012) – Teaser Trailer

Once The Expendables opened to 34 million dollars in August of 2010, a sequel was immediately given the green light. A few shakeups ensued resulting in veteran action director Simon West coming aboard and relieving Stallone of the duties. I have to admit I’m a hugh Stallone fan but even I thought The Expendables could have been ‘more’. Especially since Rambo was such a balls out good time. However this teaser trailer looks fantastic, I love seeing the names and familiar faces they’ve assembled this time out. Plus, you got to enjoy Crome-domed Bruce Willis spouting off bad-ass lines to the top screen bad-assess. Expect explosions at the box office when Expendables 2 hits theaters 8/17/2012.

The Expendables 2 (2012) – Set Photos

Check out these behind the scenes photos recently tweeted from The Expendables 2 set. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Batman & Robin), Sylvester Stallone (Driven), and Bruce Willis (Red) are joined with Jason Statham, Jet Li , Mickey Rourke, Nicolas Cage (rumored), Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Scott Adkins (Undisputed III: Redemption), Dolph Lundgren (Interview here), and Randy Couture in the sequel to the hit 2010 action film.

Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Willis


The Expendables (2010) – Review

3 Stars

Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables officially marks the completion of the actor’s late career comeback. Rocky Balboa and Rambo were far more serious affairs. This film is purely interested in entertaining, no messages about aging pugilists or the social strife in Burma, just a lovingly made homage to 1980s action films and the musclemen who headlined them. Stallone and fellow mesomorphs Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis (think of them as The Dirty Half-Dozen) seem to be having a ball and the goodwill and camaraderie onscreen spills over to the audience.

Live Movie Podcast EP28: Just some movie stuff.

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Episode twenty-eighth. Join hosts Jason and Trevor as they take a trip in the box office DeLorean back to August 1998. The Rum Diary trailer – Johnny Depp back doing Hunter S Thompson. Steve Austen Expendables 2 and The Last Stand news. Worst Movie Ever earns record breaking dollars on its opening weekend. EOnline’s five biggest shockers of the summer movie season. Random movie news and thoughts. Audience participation welcomed!

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Steve Austin Out of Expendables 2, Takes The Last Stand with Arnold Schwarzenegger

UPDATE: I’ve just been informed by Steve Austin’s publicist that Austin didn’t make it into The Last Stand. What a shame, him and Schwarzenegger together would have been great.

EXCLUSIVE: Recently spoke with Steve Austin and his people via e-mail and this is what they had to say about him not returning for Expendables 2 and taking on a role alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in his comeback film The Last Stand.

At this stage of the game Steve Austin is not involved with Exp 2. Sly originally wanted to bring his character back, once he opted out of writing and directing, the script took another direction. I will not be doing Exp 2 as I am going to do Arnold’s movie in New Mexico. Rumor is Arnold is shooting a couple of days on Exp 2 but not confirmed. Hope you will follow me on The Last Stand.

As far as The Last Stand is concerned, no word on if Austin will be a bad guy henchman as in The Expendables, but I could also easily see him as one of Schwarzenegger’s deputies.

This information is a turnaround from Bruce Willis saying back in October 2010 that Austin will return for Expendables 2, even though his character did technically die in the first film. IMDb at the moment has him listed as a cast member, but they are often wrong when listing cast in in-production films. Although with recent reports of the production moving to China (which is why Donnie Yen is being courted by producer Avi Lerner) it seems that the script is in constant flux and perhaps no actor aside from Stallone and I’m sure Statham are an absolute lock. Stallone and director Simon West have both been extremely quiet on the whole affair. Essentially I’ve heard of a start date for shooting being September 19 in Bulgaria, but with the China deal about to go down what changes will that bring to the current movie? Also IMDb lists production start in October, which is close enough I know, just seems like no one really knows what’s going on and most news being reported on Expendables 2 is confusing with slight variations.

Honestly this seems like too many last minute changes, and it’s all for money. My biggest fear is pretty much being realized with the inclusion of the Chinese distribution company- this movie isn’t being created for fans in the US, but for the foreign marketplace, which is where the first film made most of its money. It also seems that this is all out of Stallone’s hands, which might not be true, but with him taking a back seat on writing and directing and being busy on Bullet to the Head it really does seem that way to me.

Hopefully the rumors are right about Arnold’s return in Expendables 2, considering he could easily make a small appearance again, since it only took one day to shoot his cameo in the first film. To reiterate what we’ve already reported recently for casting on Expendables 2, no offer on the table for JCVD yet, Donnie Yen and Chuck Norris have both been approached but nothing decided, and John Travolta’s people are saying his involvement is just rumor.

Who would you absolutely want to see return to Expendables 2? What new cast members would guarantee you see it in theaters? Do you think Austin and Schwarzenegger should have a fight scene in The Last Stand?

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)

Interview: Gary Daniels

Gary Daniels is an English born ex-kickboxing champion and star of more than 20 films. In his 22 years in the business he has shared the screen with action icons Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes and Dolph Lundgren. Mr Daniels can be seen in the upcoming films ‘The Expendables‘ and ‘Tekken’. He recently took a few moments to speak with MovieMavericks.

Jason: Can you tell us about your background in the Martial Arts?

Gary Daniels: I started martial arts when I was 8 in a local kung fu school where they were teaching a system called ‘Mongolian Kung fu’ which was a hybrid system that dealt mostly with practical fighting techniques, for me it seemed like a systematized form of street-fighting. At around 12 years of age I moved onto ITF Tae Kwon Do where I received my black belt after 3 years and was teaching in 3 schools throughout the London area. I started kickboxing and fighting for the P.K.A at around 16/17 years of age under the tutelage of Mickey Byrne, an ex P.T.I (physical training instructor) and boxing champ from the British Army. After moving to the states I studied Muay Thai at Benny Urquidez Jet Center and with Yuki Horiuchi at his Piston Kickboxing Gym in O.C. It was around that same time I met sifu Winston Omega and trained in his art of Sillum Wong Ka Kune which I studied for the next 18 years, The past 5 years I have been going to Thailand and training Muay Thai at several camps there. (more…)