Tactical Force

2011

Tactical Force

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A training exercise for the LAPD SWAT Team goes terribly wrong when they find themselves pitted against two rival gangs while trapped in an abandoned Hangar, armed with nothing but blanks.

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  • Dec 08, 2012
    An Austin vehicle which I only saw down to the fact Jai White was also in the cast. Its a simple premise really, a group of SWAT officers use an abandoned warehouse type place for some training. Little do they know two rival criminal groups are having a heated meeting there too. As you can guess this leads to all manner of gunfire related issues and much fisticuffs. A bit of a shameless 'Die Hard' type action film really, well I say 'Die Hard' but it has been done so many times by almost any action film imaginable. You have all the obligatory stand offs, gun battles, posturing, quick fire dialog, chases, wannabe Rickman status bad guys, the sultry femme fatale and the now regular inclusion of a few (so called) MMA fighters. Do I need to say the whole thing is cheesy as hell, completely predictable and unoriginal? exactly. I quite liked Michael Eklund's (Ethan Hawke lookalike) slimy character but Shanks is trying way too hard to be a memorable villain. Also love how everybody in this film is a terrible shot lol! and many bullet hits against metal are CGI so that looks poor. Yep this is a completely trashy throw away action flick but it does what it says on the tin, you get what you expect. If you want mindless fighting and shooting with snappy one liners then this is your ticket. For me Austin doesn't really cut it as a leading man in his own action flick, he just doesn't have...it.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2012
    This drill just got real. Not a bad movie! If you start to play this movie and you are expecting it to be a serious police drama that is 100% realistic you will be in for a round of disappointment. However, if you watch it and just go along for the ride, you'll get some laughs, some adrenaline rushes and basically be able to have something fun to talk about with your friends. The ending is has a big twist that even left me dumbfounded and a little confused. But hey it is a well made B- action movie that would suffice for anyone who has nothing to do on a Saturday night. A training exercise for the LAPD SWAT Team goes terribly wrong when they find themselves pitted against two rival gangs while trapped in an abandoned Hangar, armed with nothing but blanks.
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2011
    <i>"It would appear we are upon the horns of a dilemma."</i> <p> Former WWE wrestler Steve Austin, it seems, has become the new luminary of straight-to-video action films. Arriving after <i>Damage</i>, <i>The Stranger</i>, <i>Hunt to Kill</i> and <i>Knockout</i>, 2011's <i>Tactical Force</i> was made by newcomer writer-director Adamo P. Cultraro, and his inexperience shows. A high-gloss action-thriller, <i>Tactical Force</i> solely aimed to provide some brainless thrills, but it fails to be a fun testosterone-soaked rollercoaster due to its banal, pedestrian and moronic nature. Trust me, this movie has nothing that you haven't seen done hundreds of times before in any number of better, more exciting action films. <p> <i>Tactical Force</i> concerns a gung-ho, "shoot first, ask questions later" L.A.P.D. SWAT team led by Captain Tate (Austin). Following a disastrous hostage-rescue mission ending in robber deaths, injured hostages and thousands of dollars of property damage, the team's long-suffering boss forces them to undergo retraining to improve their mission tactics. They're sent to an isolated hangar for their scheduled exercises, but show up on the very day that two rival gangs (each consisting of only two people...) are fighting over something so important that the writer-director was too lazy to actually figure out what it could be. Since the SWAT team are only training, they have no live ammunition...just blanks. Thus, the team become trapped in an isolated location surrounded by dangerous people with no weapons and no way to call for back-up. <p> <i>Tactical Force</i> admittedly looks slick, but it rapidly grows tedious once the characters reach the hangar due to boring dialogue and bland actors. The material is <i>so</i> bad that even Michael Jai White is stiff here. The action, meanwhile, often bores through its repetitiveness. Literally, most of the action beats consist of people being held at gunpoint before the gunman is attacked by their opponent. I lost count of how many times the bad guys held Tate's team at gunpoint but chose to deliver dull dialogue instead of just shooting the trouble-makers. <i>Some</i> of the action set-pieces are a tad enjoyable, but most of them are poorly-staged - for the most part, the enemies have a clear shot at the good guys, but keep on missing for no reason other than the script demands it. It's a given that bad guys can't shoot straight in action movies, but to this extent is ridiculous. And the film's straight-to-video nature is often obvious. The score, for instance, is generic and cheap, and transitions are far too chintzy. The quality of straight-to-video movies has been improving of late, but <i>Tactical Force</i> sets the standard back a few years. <p> <i>Tactical Force</i> also strains credulity to breaking point and beyond with its countless coincidences, synchronicities and so-called "plot twists", not to mention exhaustive stupidity. Take, for example, the opening sequence: a supermarket robbery. Since this is a dumb action movie, the robbers don't just stroll in and ask for cash - instead, they burst in with powerful weapons and Halloween masks, and proceed to threaten everyone. A hostage negotiator is brought in, but Tate sends the negotiator home before telling a robber to go fuck himself and charging into the store with guns blazing. One of the robbers then comes face-to-face with Tate while holding a civilian hostage. Instead of negotiating, Tate just drops both his gun and protective helmet, and runs at full speed towards the armed robber to crash tackle him. (Never mind that Tate's opponent is armed and has enough time to shoot Tate or his hostage, or both...) What the fuck kind of tactics are these? How did these hooligans <i>ever</i> pass their examinations? <i>How</i> were they instated in the force? Why were they allowed to do this stuff for so long? More pertinently, why the fuck were they sent to the grocery store if this is their M.O.? And if they weren't sent by their superiors, why are they allowed to freely roam the streets? And this is just the first 10 minutes... Screw insulting just your intelligence, <i>Tactical Force</i> insults the intelligence of anyone within a 10 mile radius. <p> Cultraro's writing is monumentally lazy too, as the film never reveals the item that the bad guys want (this film isn't smart enough to have a mysterious MacGuffin...), and there's a "twist" at the end that's both stupid and inadequately explained. It's as if this twist was the result of a last-minute rewrite/reshoot, because it makes no sense in the context of everything that came before it. It feels like Cultraro knew how stupid it was, too, because he flat-out refuses to explain it. Cultraro probably thought he was being clever, but this just renders his script retarded. <p> With its boundless clichés (including Russian baddies) and so many flaws in basic logic that are impossible to overlook, even the most dedicated action fans will have a hard time getting through this drab mess without constantly rolling their eyes and/or sighing heavily. The movie looks pretty good, sure, but it's let down by its awful screenwriting and vanilla actors.
    Cal ( Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2011
    An awesome and explosive action-packed thrill-ride. It`s S.W.A.T meets Panic Room. It`s thrilling, exciting, pulse-pounding and wickedly enjoyable. A hard-boiled and wildly fun piece of action movie. Steve Austin and Michael Jai White are teriffic, they have great chemistry together and make a great team. Two of my favorite action heros kicking ass together in one film could only make this a guilty pleasure. They are just great to watch. A flat-out great time loaded with great characters, action, humor and suspense. A strong and solid action flick that`s surprisingly smart. An explosive and exhilerating pop-corn entertainment.
    Al S Super Reviewer

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