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The Defender
DVD disk
11.09.2005 By: The Arrow
The Defender order
Director:
Dolph Lundgren

Actors:
Dolph Lundgren
Jerry Springer
Shakara Ledard

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Dolph Lundgren is a Desert Storm vet who is now assigned to bodyguard the head of the NSA When a secret political meeting set in a Romanian Hotel goes awry with masked misfits and their automatic weapons crashing it ; Dolphy and his team mow down a lot of people
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Although I’ve been a Dolph fan since Rocky 4; the man lost me with the bore fest that was "The Last Warrior". But I had to return to the Lundgren fold to witness his directorial debut "The Defender" and I’m happy to report that I had a blast.

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.
THE EXTRAS
Where’s my Dolph Lundgren director commentary? My “behind the scene” featurette with Dolph in action behind the lens? NOT HERE!

All we get is TRAILERS for upcoming Bauer/Martinez productions (Citizen Verdict does look good though!). Dissapointing.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Lundgren or/and low budget action fans can do much worse than spending a buck and half with Ivan Drago’s directorial debut. The flick moved fast, looked good, pow-wowed hard, IQed higher than the norm while being effortless to sit through. Sure the low budget dragged the film down and nobody will cry Oscar in terms of the performances at hand; but on the whole, for what it was, it was worth a watch. Sign me up for Dolph’s next starring/directorial outing; The Mechanik! I’M THERE!
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