Fresh from his return to the big screen with The Expendables
, '80s action star Dolph Lundgren adds another title to his regular stint as the leading man and director of several direct-to-video shoot-'em-ups, including this watchable revenge thriller. Lundgren is Edward Genn, a former KGB agent turned global hit man who masks his activities by posing as a real estate broker; his two lives collide when his past is uncovered during a mission in Hong Kong, forcing him to defend his ex-wife and daughter against a horde of faceless international gunsels. Fans of Lundgren's early efforts like Universal Soldier
and I Come in Peace
should be pleased by The Killing Machine
, which keeps dialogue and plot to a minimum in favor of plentiful gunplay, just like in the good old days; Lundgren aids the action set pieces with jittery handheld camerawork, but this aesthetic proves extremely distracting during conversational moments. In short, it's what audiences have come to expect from DTV action pics, with the added bonus of Lundgren's nostalgia-inducing presence. The DVD includes a 25-minute behind-the-scenes, which offers interviews with the cast and crew and a glimpse of its star working behind the camera. --Paul Gaita
If you thought he was hardcore in THE EXPENDABLES, he's now totally unstoppable as the KILLING MACHINE: Action icon Dolph Lundgren (ROCKY IV, UNIVERSAL SOLDIER) stars as Edward Genn, a divorced Vancouver father and investment broker who also happens to be the infamous KGB-trained assassin known as Icarus . But when his two worlds collide in a storm of bullets, bloodshed and betrayal by the Russian Mob, Icarus reloads for the most personal and punishing contract of his entire career. When revenge is not enough, how far will a one-man death squad go to get even? Stefanie Von Pfetten, Samantha Ferris (SUPERNATURAL) and Bo Svenson (INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, WALKING TALL) co-star in this bone-snapping, skull-blasting, badass throwback to extreme '80s action movies, directed by Lundgren himself!