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The Detonator

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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!

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  • Actors: Silvia Colloca, Tim Dutton, William Hope, Michael Brandon, Matthew Leitch
  • Directors: Po-Chih Leong
  • Producers: Donald Kushner, Andrew Stevens, Pierre Spengler
  • 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:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ELL1Q2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,461 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Detonator" on IMDb

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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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It is good enough to have been in theaters not just shot right to disc. Plenty of action, plus Wesley does know how to act. Good plot line, other fine actors doing a good job of it, but you can tell the movie wasn't high budgeted. All in all worthy of consideration in buying.
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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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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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The Detonator(released April/06)stars Wesley Snipes as Sonni Griffith,William Hope as Michael Shepard,Tim Dutton as Jozef Bostanescu,Silvia Colloca as Nadia Cominski,Matthew Leitch as Dimitru Ilinca and Michael Brandon as Flint,among others.Shot in Romania,and using a cast some of which I have seen in a Van Damme film or two,it is a fair to middling plot involving alot of espionage and filled with mystery.We have certainly seen our share of films like this involving government agents that go askew of their jobs for whatever reasons and end up having to fight their way back to clear themselves,by themselves.
The story takes place in Bucharest as Snipes comes in posing as a gay arms buyer.Snipes works for Homeland Security.Just before the deal is to go down in the bottom of a soccer stadium,his contact gets a phone call saying Snipes is a cop.Everything erupts and when the smoke clears most of the men inside are dead,except for Snipe's contact and himself.Snipes is carted off to jail while his contact returns to his boss,the owner of the national soccer team and a huge crime boss.His boss isn't too happy but he gives him another chance to get Snipes.Snipes meanwhile is bailed out of jail by a CIA friend.Snipes it seems has a court appearance to make back in the States within 36 hours or his career is toast.His friend gives him a job escorting a female witness back home.
Snipes and his charge end up at a CIA safe house.But soon the house is attacked,trying to get Snipe's charge before he's able to whisk her out of the country.Snipes takes her to a motel and later that is raided also by the crime boss's underlings.Snipes smells a rat and tells his CIA buddy that there's a leak somewhere.He in turn gets an underling to make a background check on everyone.
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