Direct Contact

2009

Direct Contact

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An incarcerated ex-US Special Forces operative in Russia discovers his second shot at freedom was actually an elaborate ruse in this explosive action thriller starring Dolph Lundgren. Mike Riggins was rotting in a Russian prison when he is offered immediate release if he will rescue abducted American Ana. Though Mike makes quick work of his mission, he discovers that the kidnapping story was a lie when the government, the paramilitary, and the mafia all come gunning for him. Now, as his enemies close in from all sides, Mike attempts to uncover the truth about Ana and keep her out of harm's way.

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Cast

Dolph Lundgren
as Mike Riggins
Bashar Rahal
as General Drago
Michael Paré
as Clive Connelly
James Chalke
as Trent Robbins
Vladimir Vladimirov
as Vlado Karadjov
Nikolay Stanoev
as Gun Dealer
Mike Straub
as Marine Guard
Les Weldon
as Anchorman
Yoan Petrov
as Vlado's Son
Uti Bachvarov
as Zoran Posternoff
Mariana Stanisheva
as Screaming Woman
Gemma Garrett
as Trent's Assistant
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  • Direct Contact is bad in all the right ways. Despite the action sequences looking like they are modelled on a 1970s TV show, cars spinning in the air, explosions everywhere and ridiculous fight sequences, this romp is surprisingly enjoyable.

    Nov 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Direct Contact

  • Feb 27, 2011
    ¨Direct Contact¨ is a bad movie where the plot is generic, the direction is laughable, the editing sloppy, the acting terrible even Lundgren´s acting is bad in some scenes and that why I don´t give it half star more BUT it is a bloody B-Action movie that will keep you entertained from start to end.
    John M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2009
    teriable totally awful in everyway imaginable
    Al S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2009
    Why oh why do these old guys keep making these crap action films?? I downloaded it, surely no one would actually buy this!!! Its the usual thing, Dolph killing loads of bad guys and saving the girl, he gets beaten up a bit and shot in the arm of course but that pretty much happens to every tough guy in every tough guy action flick. Effects and stunts are crap apart from a few reasonable car smashes but its nothing we haven't seen before and the acting is...well...dire, oh yes I said dire. Forget it, its shit, just like Van Damme and Seagal, Dolph keeps rolling out one turd after another and somehow manages to be able to keep doing it!!. Surely he must know he's making straight to the trash heap crap!!?
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2009
    <i>"Michael Riggins. Ex Marine Corps. Weapons transporter. Honorable Discharge. Prison time. Solitary. Guy's a goddamn out of control mercenary! This is worse than we thought!!"</i> <p> <i>Direct Contact</i> is just another standard "if you've seen one, you've seen 'em all" direct-to-DVD action flick. Aging action star Dolph Lundgren is this picture's focal selling point - without a performer like Lundgren, there'd be nothing of any interest to anybody since the cast is filled with small-time actors no-one gives a damn about. To the credit of director Danny Lerner and writer Les Weldon, <i>Direct Contact</i> assuredly entertains with a non-stop string of incredibly violent action sequences. As long as you're prepared to suspend your disbelief (describing this film as preposterous is an understatement) and overlook general filmmaking incompetency, this low-budget actioner delivers precisely what you'd expect. <i>Direct Contact</i> was purportedly a mere stepping stone for the Dolphster - he was compelled to appear, and the production company (Nu Image) in return allowed him to direct and star in <i>Command Performance</i>. <p> The protagonist here is Mike Riggins (Lundgren); a lethal black ops soldier caught smuggling and dumped in a Russian prison for perpetuity. He lands a Get Out of Jail Free card when an American diplomat (Paré) negotiates his release, offering Mike freedom and $100,000 to rescue a woman named Ana (May) who was kidnapped by a ruthless war lord in Eastern Europe. Mike promptly carries out his orders, but after killing a bunch of incompetent soldiers and saving Ana, he realises he's been snookered. Both Ana and Mike are then hunted by tonnes of seriously ill-tempered, heavily-armed bad guys. <p> The story is strictly well-worn territory. The plot is also thin, incredibly lazy, and non-existent yet unfathomable at the same time. Nothing is ever set up, and plot elements are just glossed over. It seems everything apart from the action is an inconvenience to the filmmakers. This story is a trite waste of time driven by plot holes and unbelievable contrivances. <p> The characters are all clichéd and one-dimensional. Gina May's performance is easier on the eyes than the ears - she's a woeful actress whose performance is complemented with horrid dialogue. The film's villainous cohorts are tediously contrived and evil in the most stereotypical of ways. Michael Paré has become an Uwe Boll regular, thus for the performer to feature in a low-rent actioner is forgivable. James Chalke is notably awful; awkwardly fumbling around, playing one of the worst screen villains ever committed to celluloid. At least Dolph Lundgren manages to provide his fans with a few thrills. He's a pretty stoic performer, but Lundgren packs a serious punch for a guy in his fifties. Director Danny Lerner isn't exactly known for high-calibre screenplays (he has penned a few Steven Seagal films) or top-quality features (he directed <i>Shark in Venice</i> and <i>Raging Sharks</i>), so it comes as no surprise that <i>Direct Contact</i> is pretty bad. He simply can't pry decent performances out of his actors, and he's unable to write dialogue that doesn't sound forced and/or clichéd. Even worse, Lundgren and Gina exhibit zero chemistry, and it's disconcerting to portray the two of them in a romantic fashion considering that they could pass off as father and daughter. <p> <i>Direct Contact</i> is at least <i>very</i> violent, and the main bad guy succumbs to a <b>legendary</b> death sequence. When the Dolphster is granted the opportunity to fire upon his enemies with an array of firearms, loaded blood squibs explode with reckless abandon. This is an unapologetically hard-R picture, gleefully embracing its hyper-violent late '80s action pedigree. Sinew blasts from the ruined uniforms of soldiers during the rampant gunplay exchanges, bringing back memories of Arnold Schwarzenegger's <i>Commando</i> in several ways. The majority of the budget was clearly blown on both blood squibs and pyrotechnics. Even the abandoned building in which the climax takes place is packed with a convenient stash of gas barrels just lying around, waiting to explode. <i>Direct Contact</i> is incredibly stupid as well, with Dolph's Mike Riggins walking out into the open during multiple action sequences when he has guns trained on him! Throughout virtually every action sequence, soldiers have clear shots at their target but conveniently miss. The only hit Mike ends up sustaining is a conveniently-placed flesh-wound which is used to create a tired set-up for a love scene later in the film. <p> The action is thankfully more 'old school' - it's devoid of silly split-second editing that plagues most action films of the current era. While the imagery is admittedly infused with at least some degree of flair, the filming/editing collaboration is simply woeful, generating constant continuity errors. Probably the worst action sequence in the film occurs at a stadium - choppy beyond all belief. The car chases are also a bit too standard and lack energy, not to mention a lot of the footage has quite obviously been sped up. The result is a merely watchable actioner. <p> Fundamentally an amalgam of <i>Commando</i> and the Dolphster's own <i>The Mechanik</i> (a.k.a. <i>The Russian Specialist</i>), <i>Direct Contact</i> is a flawed but enjoyable action film. It's taut and brisk at about 85 minutes, and it provides bagfuls of blood and gore, but all elements of this film are mediocre at best. Still, Dolph Lundgren kicks things up a notch and holds your attention with a kung-fu grip. The aging but still awesome Dolph partaking in some entertaining action sequences makes <i>Direct Contact</i> exciting enough to ensure it's at least worth watching.
    Cal ( Super Reviewer

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