Friday, March 30, 2018

Mach 2 (2000)

Director: Fred Olen Ray

Writer: Steve Latshaw

Composers: David Wurst, Eric Wurst

Starring: Brian Bosworth, Shannon Whirry, Michael Dorn, Cliff Robertson, Bruce Weitz, Andrew Stevens, Robert Pine, David Hedison, Jennifer Hammon, John Putch, Charles Cyphers

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The fate of a nation rests on the courage of one man.

Plot: A Presidential candidate running against the Vice-President plans a trip to the Balkans to negotiate the release of American servicemen being held hostage. Before he leaves, he receives a disk documenting evidence that the Vice-President has been trying to revive the American economy by causing a war in the Balkans. He plans to show it to both sides in the hopes of ending the situation. However, Secret Service agents hijack the Concorde he is on and kill the pilots. It's up to an Air Force officer, nicknamed "Washout" because he can't fly a plane, to land the Concorde.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

This average direct-to-video low budget flick delivers what you'd expect judging by the DVD cover.  It's dumb but it's also kind of entertaining because of the how much dumb there is.  But I bet you not one person involved with this picture had any delusions it was going to be anything greater.  Bosworth fans might be disappointed.  Most of the picture is spent on the play and there's only one fist fight.  If you're looking for a 94 minute mindless action thriller where some of the cast are just thrilled to be in front of a camera then this is an option.  The director, Ray, has amassed over 150 director credits over the past 40 years.   Think about that for a second.  He's managed to direct an average of 4 movies a year and he's still going strong.  He must be doing something right.  I wouldn't mind a career like that.

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