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Command Performance
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12.03.2009 By: Jason Adams
Command Performance order
Director:
Dolph Lundgren

Actors:
Dolph Lundgren
Melissa Smith
Hristo Shopov

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When an American pop star and the Russian president are taken hostage during a charity concert in Moscow, itís up to the opening bandís drummer (and ex-gang member) Joe and a rookie Russian agent to save the day.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
As a drummer and lifelong Dolph Lundgren fan, I cannot describe the joy it brings me to see Ivan Drago rocking out on percussion and kicking ass in the same movie. Itís like the culmination of my entire life up to this point. And even though it feels like COMMAND PERFORMANCE was made just for me, thereís still plenty of goodness for all action fans to enjoy.

Out of all the fading action stars whoíve made their way to the home video market, Dolph Lundgren is by far the most dependable. No matter the budget or resources, the man does not fake it, and he always brings his best no matter what the movie is and no matter what role heís playing, whether itís actor, writer or even director. (Heís a man of many talents, one of which just happens to be the ability to destroy people.) COMMAND PERFORMANCE is another jack-of-all-trades outing for the man, one where he has his hand in pretty much every pot behind and in front of the cameras and the results are clear. Itís easily one of his best recent offerings.

The most obvious thing about COMMAND PERFORMANCE, from the first scene on, is that it doesnít pull any punches. This is a pretty brutal flick. A lot of these straight to DVD actioners usually donít bring much whoopass until the final climax, but not this one. Itís got tons of great action sequences throughout and a high body count (including a surprising amount of collateral damage). .Dolph kicks ass as gangbanger turned drummer Joe. He refuses to use a gun for the majority of the movie, which means showcasing what Dolph does best Ė dispensing straight beatdowns with his bare hands, as well as the occasional drumstick through the esophagus or guitar neck impalement. Thereís even a classic Dolph line here and there (ďDying is easy; rock and roll is hard.Ē)

Dolph has the acting and action chops, but heís also a pretty competent director (although the shaky cam got to be kind of annoying). The script which he also co-wrote was decent for this kind of flick, though I didnít care much about a lot of the time-wasting subplots like the bad guy with the change of heart or the reporter trying to make it out alive. However, that kind of stuff is easy to overlook given the amount of asskicking to be had.
THE EXTRAS
The case listed an interview with Dolph and a behind the scenes featurette, but neither were anywhere to be found on the disc. All you get are some Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Though you can always depend on renaissance man Dolph Lundgren for enjoyably kickass straight-to-DVD movies, COMMAND PERFORMANCE still stands out as one of the genreís better films and one of Lundgrenís best offerings as writer, director and star. I would love to see more adventures of Joe the asskicking drummer. Rock and load!

Extra Tidbit: In addition to being a physical badass, Dolph Lundgren speaks five languages, has a Masterís degree in Chemical Engineering, was accepted to MIT on a Fulbright Scholarship, and reportedly has an IQ of 160. Truly a great man.
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