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  • Actors: Wesley Snipes, William Hope, Tim Dutton, Silvia Colloca, Matthew Leitch
  • Directors: Po-Chih Leong
  • Writers: Martin Wheeler
  • Producers: Alison Semenza, Andrew Stevens, David Alvarado, Donald Kushner, Michal Ravid-Ganot
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ELL1Q2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,874 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Undercover C.I.A. agent Sonni Griffith (Wesley Snipes) travels alone to Poland to expose an arms dealer and stop the sale of a nuclear weapon. When the arms dealer is tipped off to Griffith's identity, he lands himself in prison...but is quickly released by the C.I.A. only to be given a new mission: to escort a beautiful Russian woman, Nadia, back to the United States. Griffith soon learns that strong-willed Nadia is being hunted by the very arms dealer that he intended to destroy, but this evil dealer will stop at nothing to get the information out of Nadia that he needs - the location of the $30 million dollars she has hidden that will buy him a nuclear bomb. As the leak within the C.I.A. continues to expose the location and identity of Griffith and Nadia, they must fight the arms dealers to the death to save themselves and the world!

Customer Reviews

The plot was steady and flowed good.
This film is so awful it will keep you watching just to see if it can get any worse.
Omer Ahmad
Wesley Snipes movies are always outstanding as his acting ability is tops.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. Erland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 12, 2006
Format: DVD
Suggestion. Instead of buying or renting 'The Detonator' from '06 why not watch Wesley's earlier '00 film 'The Art of War' instead. Why you ask? Why because it's virtually the same movie that's why. Oh there are a few differences, Wesley Snipes is now a C.I.A. agent instead of a U.N. agent, he's in Poland instead of New York and the beautiful woman he's protecting this time is Russian instead of Chinese. Other than that it's EXACTLY THE SAME! 'Detonator' Director Po-Chih Leong even had the nerve to copy the supposedly surprise ending used by Christian Duguay in 'The Art of War.'

Positives: Silvia Colloca adds some feminine charm to an otherwise dreary film and Matthew Leitch is excellent as tough guy Dimitri.

'The Art of War' is a very good movie, 'The Detonator' isn't. Trust me on this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on January 31, 2007
Format: DVD
Wesley Snipes plays an undercover CIA agent in Romania. Pitted against this perpetually angry hero (whose emotions are delivered with bland voice-over) is a sexy and strong-willed Russian beauty played by Silvia Colloca. Snipes must protect Colloca going back to USA from the attacks of the villains of this country, whose motives I'm still trying to figure out.

There is no denying that this is a low-budget action film made in Romania, kind of film you watch for shoot-outs and explosions. To their credits, the stunt persons of the film did a decent job and in one memorable scene a baddie falls out of the window (of the second floor of a house) and falls onto the roof of a van below, hitting his head against it really hard and bouncing like a rubber ball. That is amazing. And don't forget the cat-and-mouse chase scene in the subway where a bald-headed baddie shows one surprising stunt.

But the rest of the film is very dull. "The Detonator" uses every clichéd element of action genre taken directly from other better films, and throws them into the convoluted narrative in the wrong way. The film attempts to be different with a portrait of a gangster who owns a soccer team and several scenes about soccer games. However, it just doesn't work because of the tepid descriptions of games and banal action sequences mixed with them.

It was in 2004 when we saw the third entry of `The Blade' which was not bad. But now Wesley Snipes seems to have officially joined in the direct-to-video land where Steven Seagal is the king or the Great One. (In fact `The Detonator' is co-produced by Andrew Stevens who is also responsible for such films as "Half Past Dead" "The Foreigner" and "Out of Reach.") I'm not saying that all straight-to-video actions are bad - remember Dolph Lundgren who is doing a very good job as star and director. - but as to `The Detonator" the result is simply disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Sehorn on December 20, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
By default, American DTV action titles are not meant to compete with blockbuster material. They're generally cheap, occasionally creative alternatives to bigger movies. In the case of DTV movies starring former Hollywood action heroes, it's less of a gamble: these films generally don't bother trying to do anything new or innovative as much as they attempt to perpetuate the star's former image as he gets older and wrinklier. In the case of Wesley Snipes, this part of his career arguably came way before its time and can likely be attributed to his getting caught by the shovel that collectively heaped men like Seagal, Lundgren, and Van Damme out of mainstream status. Snipes, however, has done a relatively decent job of fighting the odds and, along with director Po-Chih Leong, proved here that he still has what it takes to be in big-name pictures.

The story: Homeland Security agent Sonni Griffith (Snipes) must go behind the backs of his employers in Romania to keep the world safe from nuclear threat by protecting a woman (Silvia Colloca, Van Helsing) withholding information from a dangerous arms dealer looking to sell deadly new weapons abroad (Tim Dutton, Tom & Viv).

Director Po-Chih Leong's previous film excursion was the unaccountably weird Steven Seagal vehicle Out of Reach, but survivors of that needn't worry about the production values of this one: Leong delivers a very sleek, professional-looking thriller that avoids the visual bleakness of most DTV fare shot in Eastern Europe.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 27, 2006
Format: DVD
When I was watching this movie, I found myself going through a mental list of what I needed to do the next day, what we were going to have for breakfast the next morning and hoping this movie would end soon. Wesley Snipes is about exciting as watching the rinse cycle on a washing machine, the plot is so convoluted and incoherent, and the action sequences look like they came out of a movie catalogue. Ho hum, indeed.
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By Acute Observer on August 15, 2014
Format: DVD
The Detonator, 2006 film

This action film is set in a foreign country (Rumania). An agent for the CIA is sent on a mission. There is a plot to support the action, its about a “weapon of mass destruction” (nerve gas). There is shooting, betrayals, and the other events to keep you watching. [Can you spot the body doubles in the action?] Who is the double agent in the CIA? Why does he work for organized crime? Or is it the other way around? There is enough shooting for a war movie. Will the good guys win in the end? Shooting creates a panic in the stadium. Bodies fall like leaves in November. Will there be a surprise at the end? [Did you get a hint earlier?]

It ends with a funeral in Arlington National Cemetery. What happened to the money? Yes, there is another surprise at the end! You get to see views of a country that few visit as tourists. After the Russo-Turkish War of 1837 the defeat of the Turks liberated Rumania and Bulgaria. Rumania became the first European country to enact land reform (giving land to the peasants, the Turkish aristocracy fled the country). The result was an increase in wheat production. Oil was discovered so Rumania exported a replacement for the whale oil used in lamps. But a small European country is always considered prey by its large neighbors.
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