Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Tactical Force (DVD Review)

DVD review of action flick Tactical Force starring Steve Austin, Michael Jai White, Michael Eklund and Keith Jardine

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Writer/Dir: Adamo P. Cultraro (Corrado)
Cast: Steve Austin, Michael Jai White, Lexa Doig, Michael Shanks, Michael Eklund, Candace Elaine, Steve Bacic, Adrian Holmes, Keith Jardine, Darren Shahlavi
USA, 2011

Reason to see: Action films start with a yes for me

I was really impressed with last years Hunt to Kill, so when I saw a new Steve Austin action flick which also starred Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite) I had no quams about giving this sucker a try. We follow a SWAT team that is, how shall I put it... overly enthusiastic about their jobs and given that they are not suppose to 'enjoy' them so much they are reprimanded to menial drills to brush up on tactics through exercises and of course things are going to go wrong. They have too! Because if there are no problems to solve, how are our team going to set things right?

Straight-up full-force action entertainment. I loved the cast which along with Steve Austin whose good at the team lead and Michael Jai White who can fight like a machine and be sweet at the same time, we also have Michael Shanks ("Stargate") as a Russian (I assume…) baddie, Michael Eklund (Hunt to Kill, 'Intelligence') as a snitch and lots more baddies to choose from Adrian Holmes as suave Lampone, Candace Elaine as deadly Ilya Kalashnikova or Keith Jardine as the powerhouse Tagliaferro. It's like a pot of gold of characters, all of them are different from each other and are fun to watch. The film also is clever to use a premise that limits it to only a few locations which means we can focus on the action. And the action is where it's at, I love how we get lots of different action sequences and fights all throughout the film and in an impressive amount of locations given the structure. I didn't always know who would end up fighting who, but it was pretty much a guarantee that everyone would be fighting someone at some point. Lots of great fights and action sequences, with interesting choreography and a check of a lot of punches.

Overall, Tactical Force was tons of fun. The action is great and the characters are either likeable, or you like to hate 'em and that make each moment on screen worth watching. The DVD also has a great featurette with Steve Austin, Michael Jai White and Keith Jardine with some behind the scenes on lots of the fights that was a treat to watch as well. A fun film that I'll definitely be watching again.

DVD Extras:
  • Inside Tactical Force featuring Steve Austin, Michael Jai White and Keith Jardine (10 minutes) film clips, behind the scenes, selections from fight sequences and interviews with Steve Austin, Michael Jai White and Keith Jardine discussing the film story, their characters, working on the film, training with an actual SWAT team and focus on accuracy with the weapons, fight style choices for the different characters, and working together.
  • Fight Sequence (2 minutes) awesome montage of the fight sequences in the film.
  • Trailer
Tactical Force is available on DVD as of August 23, 2011. Check it out over at Amazon.ca & Amazon.com

Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I'll watch it again
I easily recommend it to action film fans

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