A new week, a new slew of action films for you. First we have 7 Minutes. It’s probably the best of the films in this article, but there isn’t much originality to it. A small town athlete has his life turned upside down when he can no longer play sports. So he turns to a life of crime! Yup, generic as it comes. It starts with small things like selling drugs then comes the bank robbery to pay off his debts he gets from selling drugs. It’s not horrible or unwatchable, just don’t expect anything new from it. If you miss it, you aren’t missing anything, but there are far, far worse out there.
Next we have Checkmate. To steal a phrase I used already, this one is also as generic as it comes. Vinnie Jones is one of the kings of straight-to-DVD “action” movies so of course he’s in this one. Danny Glover too. The surprise is Sean Astin as a priest with a twist. Mischa Barton continues her run of terrible movies after she decided The OC wasn’t good enough for her. Arrow’s Katrina Law is also in it. It tries to have layers and connect all the characters, but it’s just so blah that you really don’t care. Just like the previous film it involves a bank heist, but other than a few action scenes, there’s nothing to do this.
Last we have Lords of London. I didn’t get this movie for a while then realized his flashbacks and dreams were more than just flashbacks and dreams. I won’t ruin the “surprise”, but you might struggle to make it to that surprise. The title makes it seem like a badass UK crime drama, but it’s not. It takes place more in Italy and there’s very little action even with Ray Winstone in it. Just a big disappointment to me because I expected a British crime drama and didn’t really get one.