Hunt to Kill [Blu-ray]
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Austin plays a Border Patrol Agent named Jim Rhodes. After a bitter divorce that leaves him raising his teenage daughter Kim (Marie Avgeropoulis) alone and the brutal murder of his partner (Eric Roberts, picking up a check for a quick cameo), Rhodes accepts a promotion that finds him stationed in Northern Montana. But his quiet life in the woods is upset when a band of ruthless heist artists led by a sociopath named Banks (Gil Bellows, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, LOVE & A .45) roll into the neighborhood with a fortune in stolen bearer bonds. They take his daughter hostage, and coerce him into leading them through the wilderness and over the Canadian border. Of course, it isn't long before there's conflict and falling outs among the crooks, and the opportunity for a little random Rambo-styled mayhem on Stone Cold's part.
HUNT TO KILL, despite the blandly generic title and somewhat over-familiar plotline, is a terrific low-budget B-action film. Austin is surprisingly effective in the lead role, exhibiting some unexpected bits of human emotion along with the expected brute force. The cast is better than average for the genre, with Bellows turning in a fine, sly turn as the leader of the crooks, and British martial arts star Gary Daniels (THE EXPENDABLES, BLOODFIST IV) making a formidable physical opponent for the hulking Austin.Read more ›
Most of the action in this movie consist of using weapons (shooting weapons like guns & a crossbow) along with an explosion & some stunts but there are two fights with one being between Rhodes & Banks along with one of two mini reunions from the "Expendables" movie with Austin's character fighting Gary Daniels' character of Jensen. Your also treated to another "Expendables" reunion in the beginning of the movie between Steve Austin & a cameo made by Eric Roberts. Overall I enjoyed this more than his previous DVD flick "The Stranger" but that doesn't say much as the plot was very basic but some of the characters were too "cartoonish" for my taste & none of the action here really got an emotion out me unlike Austin's previous roles in "The Expendables" , "The Condemded", or "Damaged." In the end, I would only recommend renting this if you have around 90 mins. of your life that you won't miss but besides that...you can pass on this too.
NOTE: Minor spoilers
Casting was "five star" for the movie. Steve Austin plays Jim Rhodes - macho good guy and single dad - and Marie Avgeropoulos plays his snotty, know-it-all teenage daughter, Kim Rhodes (I felt like putting a gag on her myself at times). Gil Bellows plays Banks, super bad guy, and Emilie Ullerup plays Dominika, his nasty mean girlfriend. All the other characters are mainly bad guys and they are all good at being bad.
One small complaint I had was location where the movie was shot. It was supposed to be Montana but didn't look like Montana at all to me. Lush, green, coastal is what I saw and I found out it was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. The scenery was gorgeous, dandy cinematography but it wasn't Montana. Too bad because parts of Montana are just as beautiful.
Story was fairly simplistic. Bad guys rob casino, double cross each other and then chase the one bad guy who got away with the bearer bonds. They end up in Montana and by accident, take Kim Rhodes captive. Well...you just know that Jim Rhodes isn't going to stand for that. So the rest of the movie is Rhodes getting rid of bad guys and protecting his daughter. It's a simplistic formula, one that's been used many times, but Steve Austin does a righteous job of kicking ass.
In this type of movie, you DO have to suspend your sense of belief sometimes (slides down cliffs and an oh-so-convenient backpack). Jim Rhodes must be the toughest, luckiest guy alive to live through his ordeals but...it is a movie and who wants true to life all the time? Not me.Read more ›
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Stone Cold Steve Austin stars in this action movie that reminds me a lot of Commando starring Arnold Schwarzennegger. Jim Rhodes, a U.S. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Mark J. House
This is one of my favorites of Austin's film career. Working border control in Montana, he's stopping criminals from fleeing to Canada (with his kidnapped daughter in tow). Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jeff M