I'm a big fan of Dolph Lundgren's, I think he is an actor of far greater ability than many realise, and to simply write him off as a muscle bound automaton is a big maistake.
Yes he has made his fair share of stinkers (but then again how many actors haven't?), but amongst them there have been some highly entertaining films, some of my favourite examples are:Command Performance [DVD
]Dark Angel [DVD
]Red Scorpion [DVD
]Army Of One (aka Joshua Tree)Cover Up [DVD
This film 'Sweepers' is probably below most of the ones above in overall quality, but is some way from being a bad film and definitely has one of the more intriguing plots featured in a Dolph Lundgren film.
Released in 1998 the film is set primarily in Angola and big Dolph plays a character called Christian Erickson, he is a member of an organisation titled the Humanitarian Order of Chivalry, a charity that utilises teams of 'sweepers' to clear land mines in war torn countries.
The film begins with Lundgren's character on assignment in Angola, unbeknownst to Christian his 11 year-old son Johnny follows his father to a mine field and during a rebel attack is killed when he steps on a land mine.
The scene then switches to America, where a terrorist attack on the home of a US Senator is found to have used a new super advanced A-6 land-mine smuggled in from Angola. In comes Bomb squad expert Michelle Flynn portrayed by Claire Stansfield; I now have to say just how distracting I found Ms Stanfields lips, she has clearly had some considerable 'surgical work' undertaken in this area and the 'trout pout' she has been left with really is sight to behold, so much so that it proved to be a distraction to me for the remainder of the film!
Anyway, Michelle Flynn is then sent on a covert operation to Angola to recover an A-6 mine as evidence so that the source of its manufacture can be revealed.
Whilst in Angola Michelle eventually joins forces with Christian and what ensues is typical action fare with some reasonably well filmed action sequences, and some genuinely impressive explosions (clearly real, with no CGI, and doubtless where a large amount of the budget went!).
Dolph's character is quite an interesting one, and its good to see that he tries to offer something a bit different from the standard leading man in this type of film.
The main protaginist is played by Bruce Payne, and I have to say that his performance as an awful actor portraying a bad guy is outstanding!
The thing that sets this film apart from the typical entries in this genre is that it does attempt to send a genuine message with regards to the desperate need to remove landmines, the film is bookended by some very impassioned words and it is clear that the subject was dear to the writer.
Overall I liked this film, its not the best acting, the script is a bit dodgy in places and the leading ladies lips threaten to take over the film, but it is surprisingly watchable and is different enough to warrant more than the one viewing.