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A small-town lawyer and former Special Forces operative hires himselfout to those seeking retribution for the violent murders of loved onesin the action-adventure thriller Avenger.During the Vietnam War, hisduty was to locate and destroy the jungle hideouts of the enemy. Buttoday, Cal Dexter (Sam Elliott - Conagher, Fail Safe) is nothing morethan an ordinary attorney in a New Jersey town . . . or so it seems tomost. Covertly, he has been hired by a billionaire mining tycoon totrack down and deliver justice to the man who killed the industrialist'sgrandson, an American aid worker in Bosnia. As his quest takes Dexteraround the globe, CIA agent Frank McBride must stop him before hismission of vengeance throws the world into chaos.]]>
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Sam Elliott is one of those guys you just don't forget. His presence on the screen -- whether as cowboy (THE SACKETTS, CONAGHER), cop (FATAL BEAUTY, SHAKEDOWN), military officer (THE HULK), or hunk (LIFEGUARD) -- leaves a lasting impression. Frederick Forsyth, bestselling author of several thrillers (AVENGER, THE DOGS OF WAR) wrote the book the movie was based on.
I'm a Sam Elliott fan. The man can simply do no wrong in my eyes. I loved him in THE SACKETTS and in MASK (he co-starred with Cher), and I enjoyed him in AVENGER. The made-for-TV movie is a solid piece of work, not like the over-the-top action of "24," but a nice movie to watch and relax while enjoying a story that grips you enough and a character that warms to you. Although the movie doesn't have the frentic pacing of many of today's films, and doesn't rely on a lot of violence or computer generated effects (I love those too, but they are a different venue), it delivers a great story. The scene cuts and movement through the various viewpoint characters is solid as well, pushing the story along quickly.
People who might find Jack Bauer too violent or too unbelievable will probably enjoy AVENGER. And for Elliott's many fans, this is another dependable delivery.
The three movies shared a common thread: the principal character was more or less a lone wolf operative, with military background; trained in covert operations & skilled in weaponry.
Although they did not have the plot intensity or complexity when compared with any of the recent 'Bourne' or even 'Bond' movies, they were generally entertaining.
For me, entertainment comes first when I watch a movie.
The first one was 'Target'.
The second movie was 'Avenger', starring Sam Elliott as Calvin Dexter. He played a highly decorated Vietnam war veteran, & an ex-tunnel rat with the Special Forces, who had turned himself into a mercenary for hire.
This movie was roughly based on Frederick Forsyth's novel. I had read many of the author's works e.g. 'Day of the Jackal', 'The Odessa File', 'Dogs of War', during my younger days. Many of his works had been made into movies bearing the same names.
Tormented by the death of his only daughter in the hands of a Panamanian drug dealer, whom he subsequently eliminated, he reluctantly embarked on a personal mission to knock off the bad guys for a price, especially when the authorities had refused to bring them to justice.
In the movie, he took on a contract to locate the only son of a rich & powerful businessman. The latter had apparent connections with the CIA top brass. The son had gone missing while undertaking a missionary trip to war-torn Bosnia. In an earlier scene, his son was actually shot to death by a Bosnian army colonel, Zoran Zilic.Read more ›
However, this review is about the movie and while the movie may be mildly entertaining it does not encompass one quarter of the greatness of the characters or the complexity of the book.
My advice would be if you want to watch the movie, do so BEFORE you read the book. But, by all means, read the book.
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This is a 'can't put down' movie -- if you start it, you won't be able to leave the room until it finishes. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Owned and Loved by Schnauzers
Yeah, it's far-fetched, but it's not that bad. There's some idiotic scenes, but for a night of TV, it'll do the trick for the action fan and to see a reliable guy like Sam Elliott... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bartok Kinski
As usually happens the book was among the best ever read and the movie was great for the first 2/3 and disappointing for the last third. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Giacomo Valducci
Saw this movie one time while traveling and ran across it while google-ing for another movie online.Published 18 months ago by tekenaar
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