Well here it is another Steve Austin movie, don't get me wrong I am a huge fan of Steve Austin movies except this one. A swat team gets suspended, thats fine. then they are in a warehouse where they are up against bad guys. Now the bad guys on either team are saying the "F" word like its going out of style like lets see how many times we can say this word before the director says cut. Come on people it is very much Reservoir Dogs oriented when they are in the warehouse.
SPOILER ALERT >>>>>>>> Then the whole ordeal with the brief case, very much Pulp Fiction because you never see whats in the case.
Keith Jardine's character is very lacking in lets say "everything" he needs to stick with fighting and not acting. The whole story line is weak, and not a lot of foundation basically the film sucks better luck next time.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
OMG! THEY KILLED KENNY!Aug. 9 2011
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In the battle of Austin and Seagal I have come to believe Austin is the better actor. The movie starts out improbable as a gang of men in masks, rob a grocery store, take hostages and issue demands. A grocery store? Now I know they get robbed, but by a gang who has to share the loot? SWAT team leader Austin ignores proper police protocol and raids the place, killing the thieves, injuring the hostages, and doing huge amounts of property damage. To their surprise they are not rewarded, but are forced to take SWAT team training again. Michael Jai White, a young Carl Weathers with a BB gun is part of the team. Lexa Doig is a third member.
The upstairs of an abandoned(?) warehouse is set up with paper "bad guys" for the SWAT team to practice with simulation rounds. As fate would have it, two rival gangs are in the downstairs of the warehouse wanting "a case" which was stolen from them. One of the rival gangs learned to speak with bad Russian accents. I was waiting for one of them to say, "What about moose and squirrel."
The dialouge was mildly humorous at times, a step up from Austin's other movies. The plot left much to be desired. There were no real plot twists except at the very end...and then it didn't make much sense.
If you like Steve Austin movies, I think this was one of his better ones.
F-bomb, no sex. no nudity, no moose or squirrel.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"EAT MY GRANDMA!"March 30 2015
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"Tactical Force" is a deceptively cheap entry into Steve Austin's filmography. It's fairly breezy by action standards, making it easy to digest but also easy to forget. It does some things right, but lags on others. Austin has proven to be a much better action hero than I would have imagined, but just about everything that does not directly deal with him leaves room for improvement.
The story: A SWAT team led by a battle-hardened commander (Austin, Maximum Conviction) is caught up in a dangerous conflict when their training ground becomes the site of an underworld deal.
Austin plays a charismatic character that gets all the best lines and arguably the best fight in the film, but his team - while likable and possessing good chemistry - is underutilized. Steve Bacic (The 6th Day) dies before he's able to do anything cool. Lexa Doig (Continuum) occasionally tries to do cool stuff but is promptly slapped down by her male costars. Michael Jai White (Falcon Rising) - who probably supplies half of the film's audience - is the closest to being parallel with Austin, but not only do the two of them never truly fight alongside each other, but White is not in particularly good form on his own, with his dream match against the late Darren Shahlavi falling way short of expectations.
The movie has a decent sense of humor, and I definitely think that writer-director Adam Cultrano is better doing the former than the latter. He's not bad at directing - clearly making the most out of a limited budget - but the film lacks any individualistic flair and tries to make up for that with dreadful music video-style editing and slow motion. I like most of the villains, given that many of them have at least 50% more personality than the typical B-movie baddie, but they do not really get to do many cool things, either. I spent the entire film waiting for either a dramatic or action highlight to make all of the character buildup worth it, but it never arrived.
This is a largely inoffensive movie that you would probably have more fun with if you caught it on television than if you spent money on it. Almost every member of the cast has cooler movies to their name, and I encourage you to check those out before spending more than the minimal effort to watch this one. Consider my rating a very unenthusiastic three stars.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
TACTICAL FARCEMarch 27 2012
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I love a good action flick. I'm not talking about a well made movie that fills the giant screen with name brand recognized stars duking it out with the latest bad guy. I'm talking about movies that eventually are released straight to DVD or that play third billing at a drive in. Some of these offer pure entertainment. And then there are movies like this one.
TACTICAL FORCE features a group of S.W.A.T. type police officers who start the film off by stopping a grocery store robbery in progress. The only problem is that they use excessive force to the extreme to take down these ridiculous clowns. Between the damager to the robbers and the damage to the store, rather than receive a commendation these police men are assigned to retrain over the weekend at a special facility.
Led by Tate (WWE start Steve Austin), they head to the secluded location, an abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of town. Unbeknownst to those in charge, the warehouse is also where a European mobster has taken a snitch to get back a briefcase he stole from him. But wait, there's more. The snitch has made a call to another mob guy who the case was originally stolen from and he's on his way as well.
When the tactical force arrives, the European mob boss and his group hide. The tactical force makes its way through the upper floors of the building hitting targets with their paintball guns to try and improve their skills. An accidental sound downstairs leads them to check it out and one of their own is shot and killed. Weaponless they must try and find out who is down there and why.
Gunfights, double crosses and more double crosses, tough talk and ample enough brawls to keep the most ardent wrestling fan happy follow. Too bad there isn't enough plot to make it work. And the plot that's there is convoluted and so coincidental that even trying to accept this world is painful.
Austin has made some good movies, most direct to DVD. Co-star Michael Jai White has also done some great work (BLACK DYNAMITE is now one of my favorite films). But here they offer nothing new, extreme low budget film making and the greatest sin of all when it comes to action films, a boring flick. The budget is so low that while watching this I thought to myself "Hey...I think they filmed this in a building set to be demolished just so they could tear up the sets with their fights". It looks that bad.
There is no way I could recommend this movie even to Austin and White fans. Instead, look for some other film they've made recently. Even a two for one coupon at a redbox would be wasted on this one.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Once You Accept The Ridiculous, You Might As Well Enjoy The RideOct. 21 2011
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Not a strong outing for either Steve Austin or Michael Jai White, both of whom I enjoy when the productions are done right. For Stone Cold done right means 'Damage'. And for Mike that would be 'Undisputed II'.
This collaboration misses on several cylinders, but chugs along okay.
I'm the last film fan to go around pointing at the lack of realism of any movie. All film is a "lie" to one degree or another, and certainly action/adventures fall into the mythic realm of Escapism. Mind you, I love escapism, that's one of the main reasons why I enjoy watching them - to get away from the 'real'. I don't want to constantly bombard myself with daily, sometimes hourly, reports of the sick, twisted maelstrom of inhumanity against ourselves and our fellow earthly denizens. Films are a non-addictive and easy escape.
But even films have to have some foundation, some kernel of truth, allowing the audience to suspend belief. 'Tactical' failed this basic premise.
The first thing that strikes you is the laughable make-up of the SWAT team. Could you be more politically correct? One caucasian, one black, one hispanic and a female. All they're missing is the goofy computer guy in a wheelchair, preferably a wheelchair that has a built-in secret weapon. That would just about pacify the slobbering demographically perturbed amongst us.
Anybody with even the smallest scintilla of how police officers work will notice that there are usually something like a dozen special response team members at any given scene, sometimes as many as three dozen depending on the situation. A four-person team based out of one of the largest cities in the entire US? That's strike one. And SWAT has no females, not male chauvinism, just an observation. I read all the online reports that go back to 2008. To the best of my knowledge, across the entire nation, only one single female has earned a spot on her respective team - and she's not with LAPD. Strike two. Finally, with or without live fire, you don't assign a team to some abandoned military outpost for retraining. Getting access to such locations often requires difficult to obtain permits which can take up to a year or more to process. Not to mention, police have their own MOUT sites; they wouldn't train someplace where they couldn't exert authority over their area of operations. And that's strike three.
Are you telling me the writers/director couldn't come up with simple plausible explanations? Like why the team was so small? Why there was a female officer. And why they would be at an abandoned military complex? Seriously? That's like three 30-second scenes. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
I detest laziness in screenwriting and direction. Detest it with a passion.
And no matter how much weight he puts on or how much facial hair he grows - I'll never see Michael Shanks as anything other than a science geek. Apologies, I don't like typecasting actors, but for some it will always be that "one role" for life. To be fair, I even gave him credit for this production despite watching him deliver a very similar performance on the hit tv show 'Burn Notice'.
Overall: Once you accept the ridiculous, you might as well try to enjoy the ride. And to enjoy - just go with it.
Two small notes. Oddly, both involve body parts. One enjoyable - the other not.
- Gotta love the close-up of Keith Jardine's infamous cauliflower ear. Nice they were able to work that in. Enjoyable.
- Gotta hate the now ubiquitous plastic surgery fish-face that so many women wear nowadays. Not enjoyable. In fact, what spurs a woman to do that? It honestly looks horrible and truly defines the word 'traumatic'. Please no more fish-face in movies. Please.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Michael ShanksMay 10 2012
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Like another reviewer, just watched because Michael Shanks was in the move. Liked his part, kept me entertained on a rainy evening.