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Could have been a blast
on 19 November 2010
Given the films title and the fact that it features wrestler star Steve 'Stone Cold' Austin as a man out to rescue his kidnapped daughter, it comes as a bit of a surprise to discover that this is not a high-speed-action-fest of a movie. If like me you were expecting something along the lines of 'Commando' or 'Taken' I think you are going to be disappointed.
That's no to say it's a bad film, the cast is pretty good, even if they all play stock characters. Even Steve Austin, someone who I'd expected to be awful, acquits himself pretty well as a decent man up against the odds. The movie's biggest problem is that it to leans too heavily on it's weakest points (the script and story) and ignores it's biggest asset (man mountain Steve Austin) for too long. Austin looks like he could knock eight-shades out of anyone he comes up against but is rarely given the opportunity to do so. In fact we are kept waiting until the last third of the film before any of the real action kicks in, and even then the dull film work robs it of impact.
At the end of the day this film is more of a disappointment rather than an outright disaster, it has all the ingredients to be a dumb-fun action flick, where the bad guys meet grisly ends at the hands of a justice dispensing Steve, but this is never served up. Which is too bad, because it could have been a blast.