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Not just awful, but super awful. The acting was horrendous. The first scene at the Texas border was reasonably good, then the entire movie crumbled. The script and dialogue rates less than 1/2 a star. Interesting plot idea. Plenty of potential for an action movie, but nothing brought the idea to fruition. I gave up halfway through the show. Can count the times I've done that on one hand.
This was not one of those movies that was so bad it was good, it was just bad, as in awful. It wasn't even half trying to make any sense and the slaughter was random and happenstance not even that could save it. Austin can't act his way out of a paper bag and Bellows was hamming it up so grossly that you expect him to turn to the cameras and wink at the audience. What waste of time and money making this dud.
stupid, really bad location continuity as they move through the bush, really dumb ending.... don't waste your time like I did!!!
After watching a slew of Steven Seagal nonsense, it's hard not to appreciate this for what it is. Steve Austin may not be a good actor but he's more charismatic.
It's a pretty good movie and I enjoyed watching it
Well done, good story with Steve austin as hero and Gil bellows as the antagonist
I was really liking this movie up until the last 20 mins. or so. It had a good serious tone,and the directing and acting was good. Then the movie falls into silliness. The last act felt like they just ripped it badly from Rambo: First Blood....but not as good. There was one scene that reminded me of when Arnold was getting ready for the final confrontation with Predator, it felt completely taken from Predator. I just wished the movie had kept it's serious tone until the end instead of reducing itself to action movie silliness. Still I was entertained and that deserves 3 stars.
This was actually not bad for stone cold Steve Austin but that really isn't saying too much
Vulgarity and violence against women in lame action flick.
It's always seemed the logical step for professional wrestlers to try and make the leap to acting. The Rock has undisputedly been the most successful at this (though even his recent wrestling return hasn't helped the grappling game get taken anymore seriously by the mainstream media) and others have had middling success while some have bombed and found themselves fronting heavy metal bands and going on Strictly Come Dancing *cough*ChrisJericho*cough*.
Stone Cold Steve Austin was one of the late 90s wrestling boom periods biggest stars. A beer swilling, bird flipping rattlesnake with a blatant disregard for authority. Austin seemed prime material for Hollywood but he hasn't experienced the same success as The Rock. Austin's movies have been largely of the action variety and most have headed straight for dvd. That doesn't mean to say though that there hasn't been an odd gem amongst them. Hunt to Kill is one of these and exemplifies why Austin makes such a great action star.
Steve is a Canadian border patrol guy who is unable to prevent the demise of his partner Eric Roberts finds himself estranged from his teenage daughter and at the mercy of a bunch of big city crooks who have been double crossed by their leader and now need to catch up to him, and their money, before he crosses into the great white North.
The plot is somewhat similar to Sly Stallone's Cliffhanger but Hunt to Kill actually makes for a better film. The plot is rocket paced and the script tighter than you may expect to find. The bad guys spout their cliched dialogue but each of them has a pretty well defined character which makes them easier to hate. Action movies often live and die by their bad guys and Hunt to Kill's bunch are very fun. You can't wait for Austin to start picking them off one by one.
Like films such as Commando and Sudden Death, Hunt to Kill strikes it's balance just right. There's no massively over the top heroics but a believable scenario with some larger than life characters. Austin lumbers around in a menacing kind of way when necessary and there's some impressive kills along the way. His fisticuffs with former kickboxer Gary Daniels is a great fight combining MMA and wrestling styles. Gil Bellows lead bad guy Banks is an absolute riot and gets to say stuff like "Life is like a bottle of milk - everyone's got an expiration date".
Steve Austin may not be making as much money from his movies as The Rock but it could be argued that Dwayne Johnson has never made anything quite this fun. Hunt to Kill is right up there with some of the best action films ever made. A shining example of how to get the genre right.