Dolph Lundgren's 2nd directing job is finally available in England! I was more than a little suspicious when I first saw that Lundgren directed this movie. His previous movies (in which he only stared) were pretty bad lately, but still I risked a glance and was more than pleasantly surprised.
Lungren plays Nicolay Cherenko, a former Spetznaz (Russian Special Unit) officer, now a mechanic, who witnesses how his wife and boy get killed by mob boss Sasha (I know, I know, it sounds familiar). Years later he works as a mechanic in the States, illegally, and is hired by a woman whose daughter, Yuliya has been abducted by Sasha. Reluctantly he agrees and goes back to St. Peterburg, where already a handful of mercenaries are waiting for him. They suceed in freeing Yuliya and head for the Finnish border, but Sasha's troops are already on pursuit.
Lundgren delivers both, his best acting AND directing performance. This is not a comic book over-the-top action bang-up movie with explosions every 5 seconds, but a really well-paced, suspenseful and realistic (to a certain degree) action-thriller, you certainly won't regret watching!
This film also shows a bit of modern Russia today (much of the dialogue is in Russian but subtitled).
Not only recommended for Lundgren fans, this is a personal favorite.
AKA "The Russian Specialist"
Alternatives:Death Wish [1974
], Death Wish 2 (1981)
Charles Bronson is the unbeaten KING in the vigilante/revenge genre.The Evil That Men Do [1983
] Another great Bronson film, closer to THE MECHANIK. Revenge is secondary here.Wake Of Death [2004
] Jean-Claude Van Damme's best film so far.Ms .45 ( Angel of Vengeance ) ( Rape Squad )
Rape & Revenge drama from a woman's point of view.