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Hunt to Kill
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11.16.2010 By: Daniel Rohr
Hunt to Kill order
Director:
Keoni Waxman

Actors:
Steve Austin
Gil Bellows
Gary Daniels

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A border patrol agent (Steve Austin) has to lead some criminals (who have his daughter as a hostage) through the Montana Wilderness to find a member of their group who went rogue and stole all their money.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
HUNT TO KILL is a great movie but only for one fleeting minute. The other ninety-three minutes are soul-crushingly awful. The tricky thing is, that one fantastic minute is the very last one of the movie, leaving such a nice taste in your mouth that you kinda forget how much shit the movie spoon fed you up to that point.

The movie opens with some promise as we meet Jim (Steve Austin) and Lee (Eric Roberts), a couple border patrol agents in Texas making one last drug bust before Jim takes a much safer desk job. They're old friends and I was beginning to get excited that we'd get a movie of Steve Austin and Eric Roberts going around f*cking shit up. But then the bust goes bad, Lee gets shot and killed and we're stuck with a movie revolving around an actor who can't act (Steve Austin).

Four movie years pass and now we're following a group of criminals (led by Gil Bellows) who just pulled off a major heist in Vegas. Problem is, one of the group members ran off into the wilderness with all their loot. While tracking the rogue member down, they end up taking a young woman hostage and she just happens to be the entitled-twat daughter of Steve Austin's character. He's changed borders and now patrols the one between the US and Canada. In exchange for his daughter's safety, he begrudgingly helps the criminals to find track down their money.

The rest of the flick is the group of entirely unsympathetic characters moving through the woods. Nothing is at stake because of how unlikable the daughter is. Besides being a pretty face, I could care less if she doesn't make it. There's an amazing amount of infighting amongst the criminals and an obligatory fist fight and stare-down every 4 minutes that resolves nothing. The script as a whole is pretty dumbfounding and nothing the characters do really ever makes sense in context. The "action" scenes are all just terrible and Steve Austin looks slow. He also doesn't have a good one-liner until the end but damn is that one-liner at the end good though.

Back to my main point. The ending of a movie has more power than anything else in determining your overall impression of the flick. It's the last thing you see and the first part you sequentially remember as you go back and think of the film and its merits. A good ending can go a long ways in making up for missteps the rest of the film made and HUNT TO KILL's ending does that to an extent. I have very little desire to watch the movie ever again but don't feel as if I wasted any of my time watching it.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Director Keoni Waxman and Actor Michael Eklund - It's a pretty sparse track. They're laid back and it's actually the first time Eklund has seen the flick, so you're mostly just listening to him watch the movie and reacting to things he sees on screen by saying "wow" and stuff like that.

Behind the Scenes - Actor Gil Bellows gives seven minutes of interviews and such on what is was like working with Steve Austin and playing the villain.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
HUNT TO KILL is mostly unwatchable due to terrible acting, an awful script and horrible action scenes but it sticks its landing so well you kinda forget about all that. I won't remember a thing about the movie in an hour or two but it gave me something to smile about for a few minutes so it's not all bad.
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12:03PM on 11/16/2010
I enjoyed the hell out of it, the main bad guy was rotten and the script was duff but I liked the action and the bit where Stone Cold puts the camoulage on ready to kick some ass. If you like any form of intelligence in your movies you'll hate this but I happen to be retarded so I enjoyed it. I'd give it 3 outta 5.
I enjoyed the hell out of it, the main bad guy was rotten and the script was duff but I liked the action and the bit where Stone Cold puts the camoulage on ready to kick some ass. If you like any form of intelligence in your movies you'll hate this but I happen to be retarded so I enjoyed it. I'd give it 3 outta 5.
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