Friday, November 3, 2017

Detonator (1993)

Original title: Death Train

Director: David Jackson

Writer: David Jackson

Composer: Trevor Jones

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Patrick Stewart, Alexandra Paul, Ted Levine, Christopher Lee, John Abineri, Nic D'Avirro, Clarke Peters, Andreas Jung, Ron Berglas, Vili Matula, Lorrie Matula

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The mission is impossible. The consequences deadly.

Plot: A German scientist has aided an ex-Soviet General in constructing a nuclear weapon, which is now in the possession of an American mercenary, heading across Europe in a hijacked goods train. Malcolm Philpott, a member of U.N.A.C.O, (United Nations Anti Crime Organization) must use a team of hand-picked Agents from various parts of the globe to stop this death train at all costs.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

This picture feels like it's on the better side of direct-to-video but it falls back on some of the trappings of a low budget movie wanting to look bigger than it is.  There's too much time spent going back and forth from the action to a control room with people on computers helping Brosnan. I get that you would probably have this in real life but it's such a common thing to see in a TV show, for example, that the trope brings this picture down a little.  Brosnan does fine with the material and it's always a treat seeing Patrick Stewart and Christopher Lee so those three help but they can't save it.  It's an OK action thriller that feels like so many other bland action thrillers with a ticking clock to the finish before the bomb blows up.  If that's what you dig then you'll like this more than I did but if it's not, I'd say give it a pass despite it having some great actors doing it for the money.  The New Line DVD has the film in both fullscreen and anamorphic widescreen.  The only extras are four trailers for other films.

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