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Action superstar Dolph Lundgren (Missionary Man) propels this hard-hitting adventure as a guide hired to lead a band of treasure hunters to locate a priceless Buddhist artifact. Xander Ronson (Lundgren), an ex-Special Forces officer, agrees to lead an obsessed fortune hunter and his men on a dangerous quest for a legendary relic, the Tangka Tapestry. But great dangers await from a gang of ruthless Russian mercenaries bent on stealing the fabled treasure and also from a deadly curse said to protect the incredibly valuable relic from tomb raiders.
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A bit more low-key than many of Lundgren's action vehicles, DIAMOND DOGS is a rather more character-driven story than many of his fans may be accustomed to. The pace is relatively slow and there's a bit more of an emphasis on drama than shoot-em-up pyrotechnics--though there is still plenty of that too, especially as the climax draws closer and closer to its inevitable conclusion. Though not lavishly budgeted, DIAMOND DOGS actually benefits in some ways from the spartan FX, as this contributes a gritty, desperate realism that works well for this particular story. Acting is generally good, with Lundgren playing a somewhat less invincible warrior than he usually does, with more than adequate help from his supporting cast. The ending is unconventional but rings true within the context of the story. Though perhaps not one of Lundgren's very best pictures, DIAMOND DOGS is a different and interesting movie that action/adventure fans should find worthy of at least a rental.
Dolph Lundgren is Xander Ronson, a mercenary hired by an expedition team trying to retrieve a lost Buddhist artifact in Inner Mongolia. As a security guard and guide Ronson travels with the team led by one Chambers (William Shriver) and his step daughter Anika (Yu Nan). But another group of treasure seekers, armed Russians, are also after the artifact, which local people say is protected by the curse.
The "Indiana Jones"-like story of "Diamond Dogs" is generic, but serviceable. The film opens promisingly with Ronson's prize fighting sequence and the location of Inner Mongolia is authentic, but action stunts are not compelling enough and the religious relic itself (and the "curse" surrounding it) is soon forgotten. Lundgren is convincing as the hero, or anti-hero, but some of the other actors look terribly bored, or just overact.
According to IMDb, Dolph Lundgren did uncredited work as director, replacing Shimon Dotan. Those who have seen "The Mechanik" know that Dolph Lundgren can really direct action scenes within the limited budget, but even he couldn't save the production that is obviously underfinanced.
Interestingly "Diamond Dogs" is a Canadian-Chinese co-production that was actually shot in China. The location of Inner Mongolia provides an exotic look - the railroad, the rocky mountains and the old temple, etc. are all nice to look at, and some scenes are beautifully shot - but what the action film doesn't have is action itself.
In addition, Dolph is in his fifties now and still looks great after all of these years! I believe Steven Seagal could learn something from Dolph about not looking exactly the same in every movie.
Fans of Dolph should support him refining his acting skills and improving his stage presence. He shows human weakness and flaws which actually enhance his acting ability. His films would become boring if he always looks the same and no one can ever beat him up in a fight or out smart him. Steven Seagal could use some more "challenging" oponents to make his movies more believable.
Diamond Dogs is perhaps Dolph's most unique role beside his character as a slave in "The Final Inquiry". Change is good because it prevents his movies from all being to much alike.
Great acting, good character development, and a unique story that is unlike any of his other films earns this film a five star rating.
Don't miss Dolph in a very unique and well developed role!