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Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2012
I rent from Amazon weekly. As I was scanning I saw at 2012 thriller starring Cuba Gooding, Jr & Dolph Lundrgren & figured, how bad could it be? We live in a "faster" world now. Movies longer than 2 hours stretch our attention span. We want to be enthralled. We want to try & guess what will happen next. "One In The Chamber" gave me all I wanted & more. I wasn't looking for Oscar Winning performances: I wanted to be entertained for 90 minutes. "One in the Chamber" delivers, both with humor & intrigue. If you appreciate guns, you will see some of the latest & best weapons the armed forces are using now, as well as the "fun" sequences that make these thrillers worth the low price. So? Low on cash? Bored? Kids on your nerves? Rent "One in the Chamber"! It delivers what you want & beats $10-$14 at the theatre, popcorn, & soda.
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2012
One in the Chamber is an underrated action-thriller by director William Kaufman. Kaufman is one of a handful of DTV directors to really watch. (The others being Isaac Florentine, Roel Reine, and John Hyams.). Kaufman's action scenes are always handled carefully, not sloppily, and with a definite, obvious respect for the days when audiences were presented with hand to hand fight scenes that were like mini martial arts demonstrations rather than quickly cut illusions of combat. Kaufman really seems to have respect for the genre. It seems that these days, with very few exceptions, the place to find a good action movie is in the DTV market and Kaufman is definitely one of the directors to watch. Of course, having Dolph Lundgren give one of his more memorable performances in recent years helps a bit too. Let's hope this film is successful enough to call for a sequel.
I love Dolph Lundgren and Cuba Gooding. Both in one movie was something I did not want to miss. I did not expect this movie to be nearly as good as it is. The story line kept you guessing and it was very entertaining. Lots of action just made it better. I am delighted to add it to my collection of action movies.
Storyline and some parts could have been better, so having two top actors starring pulled it through and did the trick. I rated this an A grade but because of so many great movies out maybe it just put this movie to one side with me. I'm sure there are plenty of other people out there that would disagree with me. Overall not to bad and is a passable movie to watch not a fantastic show and will do until something else comes along. Now go get the munchies put your feet up to rest and sit awhile and see for yourself and be the judge. Enjoy!
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2012
Dolph is my favorite action guy, but somehow this movie lacks the pazass of many of his other movies, for example, "An Army of One", "The Minion", or even "Jill the Ripper". Cuba Gooding Jr., as fine an actor there is, I don't believe saved this movie.from being a B- flick. I bought this before seeing it somewhere else just to add it to my collection. If you have two hours it won't be wasted, but see the ones I listed above first!
Action packed, but poorly cast. Dolf Lundgren had a miserable part. A drunken ex-Soviet hitman who was nearly unstoppable. Walking about in a left over Magnum Aloha shirt while drinking and shooting everybody was less fun then I thought. he's done much better work. Think he'd learn by now, since he's also in production and script writing. I hope the day comes he finds his mark again.
4.0 out of 5 starsA cut above your average low budget actioner
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 9, 2012
Over the last decade or so, Seagal, Van Damme and Lundgren have specialised in quickly filmed, low budget action movies, designed to go direct to the home video market. Some have been awful, and some have been pleasant suprises. This film happily falls into the latter category.
Dont expect Cuba Gooding Jnr to give the best performance in this film. He may have the oscar on the shelf, and get top billing here, but this is Dolph Lundgren's movie. His character is infintitely more interesting, and he steals every scene he is in with a performance that builds on his strength in portraying unhinged/crazy characters (as he did in U-Sol, Johnny Mnemonic and The expendables movies). With Louis Mandylor playing the main villain, performances across the board are way better than we have come to expect from this type of movie.
The plot is nothing special- it has shades of Fistfull of Dollars, Last Man Standing,In Bruges and Leon, and the sub-plot involving Gooding and the lead female, is handled particularly badly, and grates against the rest of the movie, but its a little issue that doesnt spoil the experience.
The fight choreography is solid, the direction does not rely on 'shaky cam' and/or quick-cut editing, so you get to see whats going on, and the bullet wounds are done with good old fashioned squibs, rather than CGI, which at this budget, invariably ends up looking fake and cheap.
The end of the film hints at a sequel that would seen Lundgren and Gooding Jnr's characters returning for more carnage. On the evidence of this movie, I hope that they do.
Well worth checking out for fans of the action genre.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 13, 2013
A seasoned assassin plays both sides in a Russian gang war and becomes the target of an unknown enemy. The fight choreography is good, solid performances by Cuba Gooding Jr.and Dolph Lundgren keep it together keeps you watching till the end. Overall a good solid action crime thriller. Would recommend this for fans of Cuba Gooding Jr.and Dolph Lundgren. Worth a watch.
The end of the film hints at a sequel that would seen Lundgren and Gooding Jnr's characters returning for more bloodshed.