The Defender

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The Defender
Cast: Dolph Lundgren
Studio: UMVD
Rating: 5/10

CORPORATE LINE: Today – the global war on terror rages on. The United States will not give an inch against terrorists, especially Mohamed Jamar, considered to be the worst of them all. Jamar has been missing for months, but his network continues its function. The President stands firm before the world, but behind the scenes his teams are working to find the final solution. Jamar represents a paradox: he can never be killed, because if found dead he would become an instant martyr. If caught he must be tried. If he is found guilty he would become a martyr and further inspiration to acts of terror. If acquitted, the policies of the entire western world would be destroyed. So he must remain invisible. Roberta Jones, the head of the National Security Agency, is working to ensure he remains invisible, forever. Under the guise of attending an Eastern European conference on Terror in Romania, she attends a secret meeting with Jamar at a secluded hotel outside Bucharest. No one knows about this meeting and her goal is to buy his invisibility. Her only companions are her security team of six headed by her personal bodyguard, Lance Rockford. They are the best of the best, former military special forces personnel capable of anything. When they arrive at the hotel for the secret meeting they are ambushed no one is supposed to know about the meeting, but someone wants it stopped. They have to fight for their lives against an unknown attacker. Lance, a man of highest integrity with an impressive record of service for his country, is forced into a situation which challenges his very beliefs…

THE MOVIE: Dolph Lundgren is back. Did you miss him? Probably not but you’ll be surprised to know he is directing. Yes, it is true he’s decided he is too talented to just be an action hero. It would be easy to say the movie was awful. A lot of the material is cliché and the plot is unbelievable. It does a good job of us blowing off an hour and a half by keeping the viewer mildly entertained.

Dolph keeps the film moving along really well. It’s funny to think he might be a better director than actor. There are tons of things to keep the action fan in all of us interested between the explosions and gun fights.

THE EXTRAS: Nada.

FRANKLY: Dolph might be a washed up actor but he is good at directing corny action flicks. The funny thing is most brain-dead action films today have nothing on Dolph and The Defender—except for a big star playing the lead.

+ Charlie Craine

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