Judge David Johnson is ambushed once again by crappola.
No witnesses. No rules.
Their three characters intersect over the course of a major drug deal. Lundgren is an ambitious DEA agent, searching for the opportunity to make his name. Couture is a corrupt cop seeking the golden egg that will lead him to his retirement. And Jones plays Vinnie Jones who plays Vinnie Jones playing a deranged crime boss. Caught in this web of C-listers are another couple of guys, upon whom the film really revolves around. They're low-level criminals, also seeking a big score, putting them in the crossfire of Jones and his cronies.
These stiffs are the true "anti-heroes" of Ambushed. I use my sarcasm quotes there because they're about as fun to root for—or accompany on a 90-minte straight-to-video romp—as tuberculosis.
Look, I don't need to have characters to root for in a film, but at least make them interesting. Or charismatic. Or anything other than two-dimensional douchebags with no redeeming qualities. Why should I care whether these a-holes make off with briefcases full of drug money? That question is never answered throughout the course of the film and the resulting experience is slogging through a feature with a couple of guys I hated and a plot that brings nothing new to the crime film buffet.
"Screw them, Dave!" you might be saying. "Tell us about those three awesome action icons you name-dropped in the beginning of your review!"
Well, okay…since you asked: Dolph looks absolutely bored and as much as a Dolph fan as I can be (however you want to quantify that, which, for me would be "I watched the crap out of Masters of the Universe when I was a kid") I have to admit his last batch of outings have been a bear to sit through; Vinnie Jones has essentially ceased to be as an actor, having been absorbed into the same character movie after movie; and Couture's trademark physicality is wasted.
So doing some back-of-the-envelope math…that adds up to a big fat donut for Ambushed. If you want even a sniff of action—of which there is precious little here—I strongly advise you to look elsewhere.
The Blu-ray: 2.35:1, 1080p widescreen, Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround and short behind-the-scenes featurette.
I'm bushed. Guilty.
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Scales of Justice
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