Under Lundgren’s firm hand; The Defender moved fast, furious and kinetic with never a boring moment in sight! The dialogue quota was low for such an intricate political thriller but Dolph made it work; communicating his complex storyline via polished images, gripping War flashbacks, slick techno music, akeen attention to detail and a slew of exciting shootouts that kept moving the film forward. And did I mention that smut hut TV host Jerry Springer plays the President of the United States in this? Well I just did. Sure I couldn't take his casting seriously but he did have me on the floor throughout via his "cigar acting" and his “Jerry Springer TV Show Final Thoughts” like bit. Hilarious!
Granted the low budget sometimes played against this ride; with the many “enemies” Dolph and his team encounter either not being seen enough to fully bring some of the action scenes home (not enough reverse angles on the shooters). Furthermore; other moments had me feeling like I was seeing the same two stuntmen, playing countless baddies over and over again. Lastly,I could’ve gone without the endless “padding shots" of Dolph and crew walking around empty rooms guns raised. With that spat out, The Defender was smarter and looked much better than the usual straight to DVD actionners and my sit down with it was time well machine gunned.
All we get is TRAILERS for upcoming Bauer/Martinez productions (Citizen Verdict does look good though!). Dissapointing.