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Storm Catcher (1999)

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In this action thriller, Dolph Lundgren plays an high ranking test pilot who suddenly becomes an enemy of the state when false information is uncovered that claims he's part of a plot to overthrow the government of the United States. The pilot must find out who fabricated these lies and restore his good name before the real terrorists can do their damage.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Bill Gucwa, Ed Masterson, Ed Masterson, Bill Gucwa
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 4, 2000
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast

Dolph Lundgren
as Major Jack Holloway
Robert Miano
as General Jacob
Kylie Bax
as Jessica
Anthony Hickox
as Agent Lock
Kimberly Davies
as Agent Load
Jody Jones
as McGarry
Robert Keith
as Stanley
Burt Goodman
as Old Guy
Phil Culotta
as Commando
Matt Anderson
as Commando
Laura Kim
as Reporter
Morris Barry
as Hangar Guard
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Full Review… | January 13, 2004
TheMovieReport.com

August 10, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

November 7, 2002
Zap2it.com

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Storm Catcher

½

Major Jack Holloway (Dolph Lundgren) is a veteran pilot who is testing out the newest plane in the military's arsenal, a stealth fighter worth big bucks. He's also a family man who coaches his daughter's flag football team with his military partner, "Sparks" Johnson (Mystro Clark). During a camping trip with wife (kylie bax), daughter, and Spraks, Holloway has a lapse in memory and finds himself walking alone in his flight suit.
It turns out the plane was stolen, Holloway framed, and now the CIA is after him. Little does he realize, that it goes deeper than he thinks, to his commanding officer.
Storm Catcher is the first of two collaborations between Dolph Lundgren and Anthony Hickox, and it is by far the better of the two. This is not to say that it's a good film.
Storm Catcher, much like it's follow-up, seem to be rooted in a late 80's, early 90's mindset in style and story. The high tech plane appeared to be a F-117 Nighthawk, a plane that has been around since at least 1983! Really? In 1999, we're worried about someone finding out about an F-117 Nighthawk?! It's not like they couldn't find out about it on the internet.. I think that I even had a book of planes that had a ton of information on the plane when I was younger. That fact alone made it hard for me to take the film seriously.
Another thing that bugged me, was while I did appreciate adding some diversity to the cast with Sparks, and while Mystro was far from a bad actor, his part was reduced to token black guy there for comic relief. I'm a little sick of that, why can't he be a tough guy too? I suppose that in the buddy cop genre, or buddy military espionage (?) genres you have to have the comic relief character, I suppose I just wanted to see Sparks be a little tougher, and a lot less jokey.
To circle to the first point I made, about the antiquated plane, the computers that were being used fell into the same boat as the plane. I literally laughed at the first shot of one of the computers. They're also painfully antiquated.
Getting past all of that, well, the story is also sort of played out at this point. Granted it is 2010, and the movie is eleven years old, wasn't the good guy in charge turns out to be a bad guy already old hat by 1999? At least Robert Miano was able to work with the material to make his character somewhat interesting in the proceedings.
the rest of the characters are flat, boring, and useless. The two CIA agents are terrible, Kimberley Davies sort of stands around with a glazed look on her face, and Anthony Hickox cast himself as the other agent. I can't tell if he's trying to be southern, or if he's trying to play the agent as homosexual. Either way, if the film lost Agent Lock, and Agent Load (yes, sigh, those are their actual names) I don't think that anyone would notice.
Overall, about the only thing that was actually enjoyable about the film were the action scenes, and watching Dolph's wife get stabbed in the home invasion scene. Her character was the most useless out of all of them, sadly, her character survives in the end.
Anthony Hickox, as I've said previously, seems to be stuck in the early 90's. Yes, he did give us Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, but at the same time, he gave us Storm Catcher, and Jill Rips. You know what, skip Storm Catcher, and go get Hellraiser III, at least you know you'll get to see Cenebites in that film. As for Storm Catcher, I assign it the grade of "FAIL."

This movie has no redeeming qualities. Poor plot, bad acting, really stupid bad guys. Don't waste your time watching it. This is as lame as it gets.

jm anthony
John Anthony

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