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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0008ENI0M
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This movie is all over the place. The only good actor in this movie is Dolph Lundgren. His partner Polly Shannon is not a very good actress and the bad guys are boring. The story is ok. Overall i give this movie a 2/5 stars.
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Another movie where no one ever runs out of ammo and reloads every 500 shots.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9cf00b70) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca884bc) out of 5 stars Dolph Lungren action video Oct. 31 2007
By Shiloh Kremer - Published on
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Of course, this is a low budget movie. There are some problems with believability in this movie such as the police chief who dresses more like a hitman in the mafia. Some of the supporting cast overact their roles (the criminals in this movie are a little far fetched). On the other hand, Dolph Lungren himself does an amazing job in his role as a cop
who will not allow the greasy haired police chief to bully him into "tainting evidence' and lying on the witness stand in court.
Great action. Dolph looks very fit. Polly Shannon does a fine job as the new trainee officer in the unit.
I rate this video 5 stars because of Dolph Lungren and Polly Shannon.
On the downside, the director needs to be sure that the supporting cast (including the criminals) are more believable in their roles.
Notwithstanding the greasy haired police chief who was obviously a crooked cop, I would recommend this Dolph Lungren movie just because Dolph has an exciting stage presence-
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca8dd44) out of 5 stars Not Exactly "Direct", But Still "Action"-Packed March 14 2009
By Michael Seahorn - Published on
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For a DTV action movie starring Dolph Lundgren, "Direct Action" is pretty good. Lundgren's definitely made some better ones, but on the whole, his 26th starring outing is a solid vehicle. It's not as flashy or bombastic as I'd like it to be and the style of action isn't quite what I had hoped for, but in Dolph's case, no one can really complain if a movie of his surpasses the 'acceptable' mark. If you're already a fan, you can buy the film without much reservation, but newbies to Lundgren should start somewhere else.

The story: Frank Gannon (Lundgren) is a police officer set to testify against the activities of the department's Direct Action unit - a coalition of veteran officers undertaking illegal operations for the sake of money. On the day before his visit to court, he's paired with a rookie officer (Polly Shannon, Men With Brooms) and is almost immediately caught up in a plot of the DA brotherhood to retire him permanently.

It becomes quickly apparent that the film was shot under a small budget and minimal resources - few tripods, an unflexible lighting scheme, and loosely-choreographed action - but rather than letting this drag the movie down, director Sidney Furie (Iron Eagle) maintains excellent production values to turn the stripped-down look into the film's style without making it look fudged, turning technical deficiencies into the choice look of a gritty cop thriller. The only real production decisions that I can find fault with is the choice of soundtrack (a repetitious selection of grating rap and electronic music) and the rather noticeable goof that all of the cars being shot up display no bullet holes. Oh, and the special features - a rarity on any Lundgren DVD - aren't all that great.

The action is good...for a DTV film. Perhaps the most significant aspect of the violence is that it's the most karate-friendly since Lundgren's Bridge of Dragons: Dolph bangs out the kicks, punches, and throws to a respectable extent, and this alone should make the film appeal to fans who feel that the Swedish Superman doesn't use his hand-to-hand talents nearly enough. It's a bit of a disappointment that all of his fights are relatively short and one-sided, but apparently that's the trade-off for seeing the big man throw roundhouse kicks at all these days. Surprisingly, the gunfights help make up for this: while the aforementioned no-holes snafu is evident most of the time and the shootouts themselves are nothing revolutionary, both Lundgren and the bad-guys put themselves out there and get shot up enough so that there's some actual excitement to be gained from these scenes, which there is no shortage of.

There's not all too much to be said as far as the acting goes other than that nobody's awful: looking amazingly fit and powerful for a man approaching 50, Lundgren fits the role of veteran cop well, while Polly Shannon likewise does good with a few slip-ups, and miscellaneous co-stars Donald Burda (The Highwayman), Rothaford Gray (Max Payne), and Conrad Dunn (Silent Trigger) are generally passable in their roles as assorted good cops and bad cops. Not much to complain about, but nothing to roll out the red carpet for, either.

On its own, "Direct Action" is unremarkable, but as a Lundgren action vehicle, it's a hopeful example that the man can still deliver. If expectations are kept low and the film is watched in the company of some popcorn or a hotdog or two, fans are likely to have a good time with it. Give it a try.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca8dd08) out of 5 stars D I R E C T A C T I O N ! July 21 2010
By AMAZON 411 - Published on
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HASH(0x9ca8f018) out of 5 stars routine tale of police corruption... Dec 31 2010
By trebe - Published on
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Direct Action (2004) is a direct to video action film about big city police corruption, featuring Dolph Lundgren as Sergeant Frank Gannon (not Cannon), a member of the Direct Action Unit. The Unit is riddled with corruption, and Gannon is scheduled to testify in court against some of his fellow officers. The film principally follows the events during one day, as Gannon is separated from his regular partner Ed Grimes (Rothafoard Gray), and teamed with newcomer Billie Ross (Polly Shannon).

The plot is rather predictable and by the numbers, where the corrupt police officers, led by Captain Stone (Conrad Dunn) first attempt to bribe Gannon to keep him from testifying. When that fails, Gannon is marked for death, and Billie Ross is drawn into the fray, when she saves Gannon from termination. Also in the mix, are federal agents, the CIA, the Mayor, members of an Afghani task force, and drug dealers. With plenty of deception all around, there are a number of twists intended to keep things lively, but the plot is generally nonsensical, and dialog often atrocious. Supposedly set somewhere in Ohio, the vehicles sport Ontario license plates.

Under the direction of Sidney J. Flurie (Iron Eagle), the action is mostly confined to standard unrealistic looking gunfights, and a few stunts with vehicles. The Afghani's factor causes decorative knives to be featured in a couple of fights. Frank Gannon gets shot early in the film, but it doesn't seem to slow him down much, through what is a pretty eventful day. As usual, there isn't much depth to Lundgren's character, except that Gannon occasionally chews gum, looking rather shabby, dressed in a faded jersey. Ross gets off to a shaky start, looking good while firing an automatic weapon, but rarely hitting the target. Polly Shannon does what she can with her role, but there really doesn't seem to be much chemistry between her and the low key Lundgren. It's hard to buy Conrad Dunn as a cop, let alone a police captain.

With a low budget look and feel, treading the familiar ground of battling against police corruption, Direct Action offers nothing that is new. The screenplay is weak and makes little sense, and the action scenes are just passable. Like many of Lundgren's recent efforts, this is B movie territory, but if you just want a cartoonish shoot `em up, this may fit the bill.
HASH(0x9ca8f51c) out of 5 stars Gotta See This One... Sept. 11 2014
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This was a terrific movie! It's a typical good guy against the system story. DL plays the good guy who reluctantly, but politely, is stuck having to train a rookie. Well, the rookie turns out to be a young, attractive, woman who is very nervous on her first day with the tenured cop, but she quickly proves herself very capable when he finds himself in one of many political jams within his own police department. She basically saves his hide on many occasions, proving himself wrong about his initial impressions of her. They forge a mutual respect for one another as the story progresses, and save the city and police department in the end. Who doesn't like a good ending? I liked that he was a gentleman all throughout, to both the good guys, and bad ones (even though he had to kick butt) and kept his emotions for her (the rookie) under wraps until the very end of the movie. Very well directed and played by all. Another great Dolph Lundgren action flick - check it out!