Ambushed Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Daniel Bonjour, Gianni Capaldi, Dolph Lundgren, Vinnie Jones, Randy Couture
  • Directors: Giorgio Serafini
  • Format: Color, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Release Date: November 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 97 minutes



            My mind goes numb trying to think of an original way to criticize yet another terrible low budget action film with a supporting cast of unreliable aging action stars who repeatedly display their willingness to participate in the creation of just about any piece of garbage for a paycheck. I feel like I have reviewed this movie ten times this year already. However slight the variation in plot and cast, it always feels like the same torturous film to sit through and review. Dolph Lundgren has a Masters degree in chemical engineering and received a Fulbright Scholarship to MIT. He isn’t a stupid man, which leads me to believe money is the only reason he continues to make stupid movies.


            Despite the cover art, Lundgren is not the star of this film, nor is Vinnie Jones or Randy Couture. The story eventually involves them all, but the anti-hero protagonist and cheesy narrator is Frank (Daniel Bonjour), a rising drug dealer and club owner with his ruthless partner, Eddie (Gianni Capaldi). When they steal drugs from Vincent (Jones) it involves them in a more dangerous world, including a dirty cop named Reilly (Couture) and an FBI agent named Maxwell (Lundgren) on their tail. The story is over-complicated while including underwritten dialogue that sounds like something a seventeen-year-old might think up.


            Thanks to Stallone we now have a number of films that don’t include just one of the outdated action stars, but instead give us several to make up for the fact that none are as complete as they once were on their own. This would be forgivable if only the screenplays had half a brain and/or some decent action. This one has neither.


            The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack has two ways of watching this below average action film. The special features include a making-of featurette.


    Entertainment Value: 3/10

    Quality of Filmmaking: 2/10

    Historical Significance: 0/10

    Disc Features: 3/10



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