Out now are a batch of action movies to talk about. First is Swat: Unit 887. The best word to describe this movie is generic. It doesn’t get much more generic than this. It’s your standard Straight-to-DVD action film with a few C-list celebrities to put on the DVD box. You get Tom Sizemore, Michael Pare and Jeremy London. But the biggest laugh is Mischa Barton as an FBI agent with power! Remember when she was a hot up and comer and now she’s in joke movies like this. It’s your by the book actioner, the FBI must stop a domestic terrorist in less than 24 hours or Los Angeles will be in chaos! Sounds fast and exciting yet it’s slow and monotonous. If you are going to have a generic story at least make the action good and this does not. The action is few and far between and didn’t hold my attention. You can skip over this one.
Next we have Skin Traffik. Yup with a K! This one has even better C-list celebrities because at one point they were A-listers. It has Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen and Dominique Swain. Plus the king of Straight-to-DVD films Eric Roberts! I actually love Eric Roberts because he has the balls to just collect checks and do terrible movies. This one has a former hitman stepping up to save a woman from gangsters who trade humans like baseball cards. It’s yet another by the book story with subpar action which you come to expect in these films. Every once in a while I’m surprised by a Straight-to-DVD action film, but most are like these two films and are completely forgettable after you see them.
Last we have I Spit on Your Grave 3: Vengeance is Mine. This is the second sequel to an unnecessary remake in the first place. At least this one returns “Jennifer” from the remake because the first sequel had a different character. For some reason I always think of this franchise as horror, but they really are revenge action flicks. Unfortunately this has very little story and instead of rooting for a woman to get revenge for what happened to her, you kind of don’t like her because she seems to go out of her way to hunt people down. Sure they might deserve being killed, but it’s more murder than morals. If you’ve stuck with the series this far you might as well watch this one, but they have to stop here. I understand the need for a woman fighting back and going after her tormentors, but she’s killing other people in this one and it loses the positive message by the end. When she goes after a black co-worker who really didn’t do anything to her, you lose your moral compass and positive message.