Tension. A film with this premise needs tension. The performances, the pacing, and the predicaments the 'heroes' get put in, have to work in unison to create a sense of suspense and empathic anxiety in the viewer.
Sadly, this film is directed by Eduardo Rodriguez, who is easily worthy of mentioning in the same breath as Uwe Boll.
The innocent victims trapped in the house are insufferable. I was rooting for the hitmen laying siege to the house within the first 15 minutes.
The film plods along relying entirely on these awful central performances, with little screen time for Lundgren, who is given nothing interesting to do, or say, and clearly knows it too- a talented character actor collecting a paycheque, but he really couldnt do anything else with what he was given to work with.
Anytime a time sensetive scenario occurs, in which the couple need to act with haste and silence, the director decides that they should spend 2 minutes saying how much they love eachother, and kissing/cuddling - not a peck on the cheek for luck understand, a full open mouth prolonged make-out session. Seriously? 2 armed guys in your house, both of you injured, and one chance to get the upper hand, and THAT is when you decide to have a bit of slap and tickle!!?? Ridiculous.
Normally, no matter how mismanaged the material, or poor the production values, I can find at least a few positives in a low budget genre movie - I am aware of the limitations inherent in their DNA, but here, there is nothing but boredom and frustration.
Dolph has made a number of solid direct-to-dvd movies in the last few years, pick ANY of them over this mess, I emplore you.