Actors: Nick Principe, George P. Wilbur, Todd Farmer
Director: Ravi Dhar
Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Well Go USA
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Run Time: 90 minutes
American Muscle is a revenge film that is all style and absolutely no substance, from the acting to the asinine excuse of a screenplay. Logic and decency is thrown out, along with everything other than rusted metal, splattered blood, and bare breasts. It is basically an overly bad Grindhouse attempt at Faster, the Dwayne Johnson film nobody saw. Despite a surprisingly slick visual palette, director and cinematographer Ravi Dhar seems to have no clue what real humans behave like and no interest in relating to his audience.
The storyline is forcefully contrived, involving a criminal who was betrayed by his brother and wife during one of their ‘jobs.’ John Falcon (Nick Principe) spends ten years seething in prison before he has the opportunity at freedom and revenge. His immediate and only mission is to use the newfound freedom to enact revenge on his brother (Todd Farmer), and he also naively believes that he will be able to win back his wife (Robin Sydney). There are a few problems with this essential (and nearly solitary) plot point, nearly all created by inconsistencies in behavior. Falcon’s wife sleeps with everyone, which could simply mean that he is a fool for believing in her love after ten years, except for the fact that he also sleeps around on his road trip to reunite.
But this movie isn’t about the relationships, which are never believable, much less understandable. Rather, it is a film drenched in unnecessary and unearned bloodshed, peppered with the occasional perky breast. Sex scenes have nothing to do with characters or plot development; they are merely a way to break up the scenes of violence and angry driving. The Blu-ray certainly enhances to pointlessly stylized violence, but this is one of those films I wish I had seen less of. The special features include a commentary track and trailer.
Entertainment Value: 1.5/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 2/10
Historical Significance: 0/10