1. Good special effects 2. Great action scenes 3. Funny at times
1. Acting at some points isn't great 2. Tries to be like die hard 3. Eddie Grifin ain't an action man
It is a very different film for Eddie griffin. Most of his film are comedy but to be honest action man is not his stile. He does do OK but not good enough. So if you are looking for the spectacular you are looking at the wrong film but if you want to just watch a action film watch it.
A straight to rental low budget "Die Hard" movie on an oil rig. The movie stars Eddie Griffin as Lamont Dixon who has been left guardian ship to a young kid as a result of losing his real father as a fireman. He brings this kid to his new job which is part of a crew to drag an oil rig to the coast of California with a tug boat. And while people are celebrating Christmas lunch on the lunchroom convoy, it is then the whole rig gets hijacked by what was supposedly by some eco-terrorists headed by Michael Kittredge (Vinnie Jones). Dixon then takes it upon himself to save the crew since the hijackers didn't know he was on board.
Co-written by Steven E. de Souza of many memorable action movies including "Die Hard" 1 and 2, "Commando" and "48 Hours" to name a few. This is probably a minor effort for the writer since his script was probably taken over by the studio that has financed, and it ends up to be a waste of time to the viewers and a cash grab for the studio. One of the major problems is that I was never sucked in to understanding about oil rigs in the first place and the film sort of assumes that when that is not the case at all. What "Unstoppable" did right what this film did wrong was it shows viewers something about working in trains before the catastrophe start to happen. The other problem are the fights which are unconvincingly bad since you're talking about a small puny man beating guys who're a lot taller and heavier than Dixon- it's almost like seeing the land of make belief. I mean, I'll give thumbs up on any action movie with mediocre acting and an unmemorable script just as long as those action sequences are imaginative and convincing but this movie has neither. They might as well film this on their back yard.
1 out of 4 stars
It's Christmas, and "Dixon" has been assigned to push an oil rig into place. For safety, the rig has to be pushed very slowly to the point that it will take 20 hours until they reach the spot that is planned for the rig. However, a group of environmental activists are at the dock where the rig is to launch, headed by a vocal man (Vinnie Jones).
As a group of activists try to block the tugboat and rig with their own boat, a fire breaks out and the tugboat crew scrambles to help.
When on board, the group of activists turn out to be something more sinister -- a group of terrorists lead by a known British terrorist (Jones).
Now, "Dixon", along with a computer expert (Brekin Meyer) working undercover for the Feds as a snitch, has to try to stop the the terrorists to complete their mission -- to detonate an electromagnetic bomb over California.
Griffin is best known for his comedic roles that he has done in movies and on television. In this movie, he proves that he is actually a pretty good actor in a non-comedic role. He does crack a few one-liners throughout the movie, none of which is as memorable as in the fairly similar first "Die Hard".
Another good performance is by Vivica A. Fox as FBI agent "Reed". Sadly, her interaction with those trying to stop the terrorists is extremely limited so there really isn't a shot of any attraction between her and either lead actor on board the rig.
Meyer and Griffin are only OK as the on-screen duo trying to stop the villains. They had some chemistry, but not too much. When they were the only two in the scene, I didn't feel as if they really worked well together.
Like other movies I've seen with a group of villains, a few of them are focused on. And, just like the other movies, their characters are not developed a lot. In fact, the lead villain has the most development, but not by much really.
There is some good gunplay in this movie. The blood is kept to a minimum though. There is also some good explosions, but nothing spectacular.
Some of the things presented are pretty predictable. I could pretty much predict who would be "dead" by the end of the movie. I also pretty much knew who would make it to the final scene.
This could be a pretty good rental, but I wouldn't make it a first choice. I would even say check it out when you come across it on HBO or another movie network.