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on 28 January 2016
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on 11 July 2016
I don't have the ambition to become a film critic. We're here to review a product, in this case a box set with three films in it. The product page mentions:
- Language: English, French
- Subtitles: English
- Dubbed: French

This is very inaccurate. '22 bullets' is a french film and has english subtitles. The other two are english films and have no subtitles at all. I don't like french films and I need english subtitles to be able to follow a film without concentrating too hard to enjoy it, so all in all the three films of this box set are useless to me, hence the lowest rating and a quick explanation to inform other people about all of this.
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on 9 September 2012
Over the last decade or so, Seagal, Van Damme and Lundgren have specialised in quickly filmed, low budget action movies, designed to go direct to the home video market. Some have been awful, and some have been pleasant suprises. This film happily falls into the latter category.

Dont expect Cuba Gooding Jnr to give the best performance in this film. He may have the oscar on the shelf, and get top billing here, but this is Dolph Lundgren's movie. His character is infintitely more interesting, and he steals every scene he is in with a performance that builds on his strength in portraying unhinged/crazy characters (as he did in U-Sol, Johnny Mnemonic and The expendables movies). With Louis Mandylor playing the main villain, performances across the board are way better than we have come to expect from this type of movie.

The plot is nothing special- it has shades of Fistfull of Dollars, Last Man Standing,In Bruges and Leon, and the sub-plot involving Gooding and the lead female, is handled particularly badly, and grates against the rest of the movie, but its a little issue that doesnt spoil the experience.

The fight choreography is solid, the direction does not rely on 'shaky cam' and/or quick-cut editing, so you get to see whats going on, and the bullet wounds are done with good old fashioned squibs, rather than CGI, which at this budget, invariably ends up looking fake and cheap.

The end of the film hints at a sequel that would seen Lundgren and Gooding Jnr's characters returning for more carnage. On the evidence of this movie, I hope that they do.

Well worth checking out for fans of the action genre.
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on 7 June 2013
Ray Carver (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is an assassin for hire in Prague. He is hired by crime boss Mikhail Suverov (Andrew Bicknell) to kill the Tavanian family over a territory issue...it's all about respect. One of the Tavanians survive to the dismay of the Surverov family. This ignites a war. Surverov then hires Aleksey Andreev (Dolph Lundgren) to finish the job. Meanwhile in an ironic twist the Tavanian's hire Carver to kill his former boss the Surverov family.

The two assassins have different approaches. Ray Carver likes to keep a low profile while Aleksey wears Hawaiian shirts and usually comes in the front door. Carver works out, reads the Bible, kills people for hire, and stalks a girl. Dolph Lundgren gives the film some attempted comedy. During the opening credits, they opt to change the fonts and make the "N"s backwards. I thought it might somehow relate to the film, but it wasn't that deep.

Both these stars have done better films and Cuba has certainly done worse. The Eastern Europeans sounded like they learned English by watching Dos Equis beer commercials. The film ends at a point where there could be an interesting sequel if they bothered to hire writers.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bomb, near sex, no nudity.
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on 15 September 2012
I do say Lundgren is getting old therefore you'd think he'd be passed his sell by date! in fact he still has the moves and right idea of how to pull off his role in films, as you can see in this film he still has got what it takes to make a fine effort of skill to the role! he plays Wolf and has a sense of humour to the role. this is a nice film with some neat and tidy blasts of gun - action - gangsters and assassins also I reccommend buying this film if you are a fan of Lundgren, I must add you might want to rent it if you just are looking for some sort of film filled with action. great plot great film.
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on 30 January 2013
Like Van Damme's recent Assassination Games, the latest from Dolph Lundgren is about rival assassins. However, this is the better one - it's entertaining throughout and better photographed and directed. This is another good action movie from director William Kaufman (Sinners and Saints AKA Bad Cop, The Hit List). Cuba Gooding Jr has the most screen time but Lundgren steals the show with a showy, charismatic performance. Overall this is above average DTV action.

The Blu Ray is well worth the upgrade from DVD, displaying a sharp picture with bold colours. The only extra is a 10 minute featurette, mostly B-roll footage mixed with a few short interviews.
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on 29 May 2015
Criminals from America moved to Europe, where laws were replaced by crime after the collapse of Communism.

Many of them chose Prague as their hideout, where crime lords were willing to pay assassins in to eliminate their rivals.

Ray Carver works for two rival gangs as their main killer. When Ray attempts to murder a drug lord, he is being pursued by the mobsters.

Suverov mafia hires Alexey Andreev, an assassin from Russia, to find Ray........

Another perfunctory straight to DVD movie starring two actors who went past their prime many years ago, but pop up every one and again in prolific releases. I can forgive Lundgren, he made some wonderful action movies in the early nineties, but lost it around the time of the release of Joshua Tree, and looks bored as ever here.

Gooding Jr. Though, he's just going through the motions here. An obvious carrier of demons, you can tell when someone has demons, the first thing they do in the morning is use a punchbag, and spend a lot of the time reading and looking moody.

The rest of the film features gangsters of non-specific accents phoning each other up, threatening every one and firing guns and using women as human shields.

The two leads pop up every now and again to dispose of the said gangsters, fight each other every now and again, and guess what? In a 'huge twist' they join forces and work together.........so surprising.

Set pieces are OK, but the rest is the same old tosh we see all the time, hence the straight to DVD home it has.
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VINE VOICEon 26 February 2013
Featuring Cuba Gooding Jnr in the lead role but starring Dolph Lundgren this is a reasonable and watchable low budget action flick.
Like 'Taken' before it, its an excuse for a couple of hitmen to kill a lot of tattood Eastern European criminals who nobody's going to miss.
This story of two professional killers is set in Prague and the city looks well worth a visit.
CGJ continues to fail to rise above his current standing but Dolph is great as the idiosynchratic Russian hitman and the ending hints at a far more fun movie.
Well worth a look on a rainy day
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VINE VOICEon 15 March 2015
A so so straight to DVD flick.

Cuba and Dolph are fine, but this isn't really anything original as two hitmen face off against each other and local gangster types in Europe.

Thers a few shotouts, some fights but nothing original. It does have a good production value to it and looks quite glossy, it's just not pacey or interesting enough to warrent repeat viewings, but as a way to pass the time it's reasonable B movie fair and to it's defence there have been worse films, including some of the lead actors own output.

2.5 out of 5.
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on 13 October 2013
A seasoned assassin plays both sides in a Russian gang war and becomes the target of an unknown enemy.
The fight choreography is good, solid performances by Cuba Gooding Jr.and Dolph Lundgren keep it together keeps you watching till the end.
Overall a good solid action crime thriller. Would recommend this for fans of Cuba Gooding Jr.and Dolph Lundgren. Worth a watch.

The end of the film hints at a sequel that would seen Lundgren and Gooding Jnr's characters returning for more bloodshed.
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