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Icarus (Dolph Lundgren is The Killing Machine) Reviews

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Phil H

Super Reviewer

August 17, 2010
A well advertised Dolph action flick in local London papers to tie in with 'The Expendables' release of course but I'm afraid like many other flicks made by some of these aging hulking stars this film is pretty average, though not terrible.
Dolph does what he does best here (hence...The Killing Machine), he shoots and beats people to death whilst being in-destructable haha just like Seagal and JCVD. The plot is the usual and unoriginal hitman story who wants to leave the work field but is dragged back in and double crossed 'yawn!'. While this is a 'straight to DVD' release its not as bad as recent Seagal offerings which have been dreadful, this is quite stylish with hand held cams and gun fights that are well done with good wound effects and stunt work.

There are some nice fisticuffs through out which do look good and show Dolph hasn't lost his fitness, physic or facial looks damn him haha but its really just very very predictable, alittle dull at times, a very over used genre/idea and just dumb cos Dolph is invincible. Films like this worked back in the day when these guys were the best of Hollywood but these days they just seem stale because we are so used to seeing big muscle bound guys with big guns, its a hard genre to follow or make work now without alittle luck and just the right combination of casting and story, still its not too bad.
Al S

Super Reviewer

August 19, 2009
It's Hitman meets The Bourne Identity. It's a stylish, hard-rocking, riveting and pulse-pounding action-thriller. A tremendously fast, furious, wickedly entertaining and relentlessly cool film that packs a wallop. It's loaded with explosive non-stop action and sizzling suspense from start to finish. A strong action film with great characters, gun battles, fight scenes and a solid story. A thrilling, very exciting and intense adrenaline-rush of an action flick. It's sharp and well-crafted. Dolph Lundgren has never been better, he is kicking ass and showing great star power in his directional feature. Lundgren has crafted another well done action film, he's on a role with these great flicks like The Russian Specialist. Missionary man and Command performance. A great action star and great action director. Icarus is an awesome and really cool movie.
Red L

Super Reviewer

June 24, 2010
Icarus or Eddie is a former KGB agent who accepts hit jobs to supplement his income. Of course such a profession is fraught with difficulties, and sure enough, Eddie's enemies put out a contract on him. The movie is about Eddie killing his way through the bad guys and trying to save his family.
MOVEECRITIC
MOVEECRITIC

Super Reviewer

April 8, 2010
A bloody, gruesome movie. Icarus is living the life of a hitman until he becomes the hit. Now he wants out for the sake of his family. He is on the mission to clear his name but he's tangled in a web with no one to trust.
May 24, 2012
One of Dolph Lundgrens greatest films, lots of graphic violence and not bad acting either. If he keeps on a path like this he will be right up there with JCVD etc.
May 12, 2012
It looks good and has a competent storyline and actors but so many of the scenes lack any spark of originality. The self narration and trench-coats attempt to ape Sin-City or a 40's detective drama but are misplaced in a modern action flick. The worst crime is they waste diverse locations for action scenes, filled with useful objects an unarmed killer might use to defend himself, that our antihero totally fails to exploit until the end of each fight when he notices a handy object for a finishing move.. you scream at the screen "Pick something up for god sake: you are in a kitchen.. pick up a knife. You are in a garage, pick up a hammer or something!"
September 1, 2011
Not the worst movie ever, but bad.
KevinRobbins
August 20, 2011
They pulled his spleen out to get it

A former Soviet Union trained KGB agent resides in the United States as an assassin for the mob. His work leads to a potential divorce and less involvement in his daughter's life than he is willing to accept. The assassin decides it is time to leave his responsibilities as an assassin and to rely on his life as a business man to make ends meet; unfortunately, the mob is not prepared to let the assassin leave his job.

"That's the funny thing about fate. If you don't follow, it will drag you where it wants you to go."

Dolph Lundgren, director of The Defender, The Mechanik, Missionary Man, and Command Performance, delivers Icarus. The storyline for this picture is fairly standard for the genre. The script is nothing special and the acting is fairly mediocre. The action scenes are brilliant and reminded me of The Expendables. The cast includes Dolph Lundgren, Lindsay Maxwell, Samantha Ferris, and David Lewis.

"Everyone in investments is full of shit, fucking up the world."

My wife came across this film while flicking through the channels and decided to give it a chance based on its alternative name, Dolph Lundgren is a Killing Machine. The action scenes in this picture are first rate and definitely worth your time; however, the plot and script leave little to be desired. This is only worth watching if you are a fan of the genre.

"Life is about choices."

Grade: C
Dave J
January 7, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011

(2009) Icarus
ACTION

Slightly better with a similar theme than "True Lies" despite it's straight to rental budget about undercover Russian hitman (Dolph Lundgren) with family and then gets double crossed! The main difference is the story structure is interesting with some interesting revealations about the main protagonist regardless of some bad acting- with some well choreographed action sequences this movie is really not bad!

3 out of 4
Channa S. Silva
November 27, 2010
It's always cool watch Macho Actor movies , it reminds me of the movies from the 80's and 90's. Dolph is one of my favourites.
November 14, 2010
Poor dialogue, weak story, formulaic and predictable. To top it off, the horrible continuity of the final climatic scene ruins it for anyone paying actual attention.
October 27, 2010
Pretty standard Action/Thriller. Not a bad way to waste 1.5 hours :)
Maverick
July 24, 2010
Not as bad as you might assume. Quite watchable. Kudos to the director :-)
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