A new week, some newer action movies to talk about. First we have Weaponized. It’s as generic as its title. The Pentagon is attacked and a new war on terror ensues. For most of the movie, it’s by the book and dull. The ending is sort of weird and felt rushed to me. They are able to switch out consciousnesses so that soldiers physically aren’t in danger. That’s kind of cool I just wish the resulting film was better. Then the robot-y thing at the end just felt out of place to me. You know it’s building towards it, but it didn’t work for me. Tom Sizemore is in it as is Mickey Rourke (although briefly). It’s so Straight-to-Video-esque I expected Eric Roberts to show up. There’s lots of post production addition to the fighting and I’m not a huge fun of that type of CGI action. It didn’t do a whole lot for me.
Next we have The Midnight Man. I expected this to be really subpar, but honestly, I kind of liked it. It’s far from great, but I didn’t hate myself for watching it and would recommend it to some friends. It has your go to Action Video names in it, Vinnie Jones, William Forsythe, and Doug Jones, but I don’t mind that. It has Brent Spiner too. It at least attempted an original plot. A hitman can’t feel pain because of a defect. It makes him good at his job, very good. But he gets set up and shot up with a chemical and now he can feel everything. He gets a list of kills and has to do his job like a normal person and takes a nurse with him. There’s twists and backstabbing, but the action is pretty solid and I liked the concept. I could see friends watching it on Netflix. It surprised me.
Third we have Kill or Be Killed. I wish it had a better title because it’s not as generic as its name. It’s a western and has some good action in it. It’s not a classic western, but the costumes, sets and backdrops are what you expect from a western. There’s even a guy (Paul McCarthy-Boyington) who is used like a Spaghetti Western comic relief character. It won’t go down as something you watch over and over again, but if you like modern westerns, it’s one of the better ones. I think the production value is there and that really helps the film.
Last we have Lost in Hong Kong. This is more a comedy than action film, but it’s also sort of a chase picture with dirty cops and the scene on the window glass is pretty sweet. A husband is unhappy in life designing undergarments for women. He wishes he was an artist and still longs for a school love. He gets the opportunity to meet up with her and the chaos ensues. One of his wife’s family members is making a documentary and follows him around while he tries to get rid of him. The cops are after them because they think they witnessed a murder. They get caught on a movie set where a helmet gets stuck on the lead’s head. He remembers why he’s with his wife and learns his life isn’t that bad, but a lot happens in between. There’s a scene at the end with people on a giant window pane at the side of a building is pretty amazing and really stands out to me. Even in a less action/more comedy Asian film, there’s a cool action scene. If I had to compare it to something American, I’d say the two men are like Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis in Due Date.