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Direct Contact
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Jun 9, 2009 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Danny Lerner

Actors:
Dolph Lundgren
Michael Pare
Gina May

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Lucky Mike is sprung from prison and promised a wad of cash if he can rescue a kidnaped girl from a secluded army base and get her back to the American Embassy. But things arent quite what they seem (they never are) and Mike quickly realizes he may be in over his head.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Im gonna be honest and say I was pumped to hear Dolph would be involved in EXPENDABLES, and that hed have a cameo in the next UNIVERSAL SOLDIER project. But DIRECT CONTACT however, is just another if youve seen one, youve seen em all straight to DVD action flick whos only ace in the hole (and hope for rentals or sales) is Dolphs name and picture on the cover. And on that note, Dolph himself looks great physically and hasnt lost his smug attitude, dry grunty humor or his sex appeal (though the last one is admittedly debatable). But as far as production value and bang for your buck are concerned, I found this adventure to be rather lacking.

As long as youre prepared to not take this flick seriously (I didnt), youll be OK. The story is your standard (rough around the edges) deal dangled in front of your typical hero who just happens to be an ex-military one man army with a checkered past. And speaking of army, the Czech army featured here have got to be the dumbest bunch of saps ever to serve. Dolph just waltzes in, grabs the chick, kills a few guys, blows some shit up and then drives away unscathed. And as far as the effects go, Im pretty sure they blew the budget on pyrotechnics because EVERYTHING blew up. I was starting to think I missed John Woos name in the credits. Even the abandoned building at the end had a (convenient) stash of gas barrels just laying around waiting to explode.

The acting was about as good as can be expected, considering the terrible script and awful writing. The villains were pure mozzarella, and went down almost without a fight. But it sure was a hoot to watch considering Dolph is nearly twice the size of everyone else and just manhandles the shit out of them. I also found it hilarious that all the vehicles he commandeered seemed to have had the keys left in them (or so I assume as I didnt see him hot wire anything). The car chases and overall action were fun (in a COMMANDO sort of way), but the score was tedious and reminded me of something youd hear on a rerun of MacGyver.

DIRECT CONTACT was simply another high body count, cheap action paycheck for an aging Dolph whos been cornered into a niche genre from day one. Even in his prime, Dolph was still a knight of the straight to DVD roundtable. Some were hits, a lot were misses. But having seen them all, Ill can safely say even the duds were better than this fluff. Ive always loved Dolph Lundgren, and because I love the guy, I watch all these not so great flicks as most times ONE of out five are surprisingly pretty damn good. Sadly, this flick was not the ONE. That said, the production studio behind this film (FirstLook Studios) does seem to have a couple goodies on the way (the trailers looked good at least), and I really enjoyed their action thriller THE CONTRACT with John Cusack and Morgan Feeman
THE EXTRAS
Trailers: Four trailers all from the same production company, and ALL looking much better than the feature. Sorry Dolph.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
So if youre seriously jonesing for a Dolph fix, I suggest you go rent UNIVERSAL SOLDIER, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE or just hold out for THE EXPENDABLES like the rest of us. At least then you wont be disappointed.

Extra Tidbit: As bad as this flick was, it was still infinitely better than Steven Seagal's craptacular AGAINST THE DARK. And personally, I think Dolph could kick Seagal's ass.
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