Reviewed by: JimmyO
What's it about
A big tough dude is hired to protect an expedition as they search for Tangka, a Buddhist artifact. Guns blaze and fists fly and so it goes.
Is it good movie?
I like Dolph Lundgren. In fact, I think he is one of the most underrated action stars around. He has mucho presence and he is able to read his lines so that you can understand them. Hell, I even liked his take on The Punisher. But what I didn’t like was Diamond Dogs, and that is because it just wasn’t very good. I felt like I was watching two different movies as this one played out. The beginning felt like a more violence infested shoot ‘em up and kick ‘em in the head type of flick, but it all leads to something along the line of the National Treasure flicks. Yet there was very little excitement, and the special effects just looked cheap.
Director Shimon Dotan gives very little life to this film. Early on in the film, I almost had the sense that it was going to be a gritty and sort of grimy little film, which I would have liked better. It also seems that Mr. Lundgren had a “uncredited” directors role in the film. How much he took on as opposed to what the actual director did is questionable. But this meandering film takes forever to get where it’s going, and once it gets there, it is so poorly conceived that I had no interest in who gets the what ever the hell is was artifact. If any of you thought Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was really awful, you should stay clear away from this and I mean WAY clear. With the negative, I still enjoyed seeing Dolph in action. He is a charismatic mofo that should be doing better films than this.
Video / Audio
This is a movie that doesn’t know what it is supposed to be. It starts off as a possible underground fight flick (with badly choreographed fights) and then turns all “Tales of the Gold Monkey” on us. And by the time it gets to the expedition, any thrills and chills have long since been lost. Nope, this one ain’t worth the search.