former US Special Forces soldier
languishing in prison is offered a chance
to earn his freedom by rescuing an
American woman kidnapped by a
ruthless Eastern European warlord in
the explosive, hard-hitting movie Direct
SENT TO THE HARSH VRATOV PRISON in The Balkans for smuggling weapons, tough,
gutsy former US Special Forces soldier Mike Riggins (action superstar Dolph
Lundgren: The Expendables) is attacked by a number of inmates with knives
and is forced to fight spectacularly for his life, being beaten up by the guards
in the process.
Into the prison comes Clive Connolly (Michael Pare), saying he is an attaché
to the American Embassy and offering Mike the chance of freedom and a lump sum
of $100,000 to pay off his debts. All he has to do is rescue an American woman,
Ana Gale (Gina May) from the ruthless warlord Vlado (Vladimir Vladimirov) who
has kidnapped her and taken her to Eastern Europe.
It is a dangerous mission that could cost him his life, but he acquits himself
well against seemingly-impossible odds. If anyone can succeed, it is Mike Riggins.
Connolly tells Mike that the American Government doesn't pay ransoms and therefore
he will have to enter the compound near The Black Sea where Ana is being held
and take on her guards, led by General Drago (Bashar Rahal).
Mike agrees the terms but insists on $200,000. Connolly agrees and hands him
a cellphone and a list of people who will help him. He warns Mike that the girl
may resist because they believe she has been drugged and she has developed sympathy
with her kidnappers.
But there are guys you just don't mess with and Mike is one of them. He has
to deal with some pretty nasty types before he can find Ana and when he reaches
the compound, Ana refuses to go with him and claims she is there of her own
free will to help Vlado's son (Yoan Petrov). Mike has to resort to desperate
measures and an explosive situation develops, fuelled by his burning desire
to get Ana to safety but there seem to be a number of discrepancies in
the story he has been told.
Just who is Ana and is Clive Connolly really working with the American Embassy?
It appears that Mike has been sold a lie and there is more trouble to follow
as Ana becomes more and more attached to him. Mike goes in armed and very dangerous,
with danger and treachery at every turn.
Anything with Dolph Lundgren is great in my book. The man himself says: "Expect
a fast-paced, kick-ass action movie" and Direct Contact is just that.
Enjoy the destruction of trains, trucks, jeeps and helicopters. The chase
involving two Hummers and a motorbike is awesome.
You can also bank on plenty of full-contact martial arts in this heart-pounding,
tense and enjoyable thriller as Direct Contact exploits Dolph's skills
to the full. Some female nudity.
Direct Contact also features James Chalke as Trent Robbins and Raycho
Vasley as Boris. Music is by Stephen Edwards; Production Designer is Carlos
da Silva; Director of Photography is Ross Clarkson, HKSc, ACS; Executive Producers
are: Avi Lerner, Danny Dimbort, Boaz Davidson, Trevor Short, David Yarod, Jack
Gilardi Jr and Ewerhard 'Ed' Engels; Produced by Les Wildon, Danny Lerner and
Anton Höger; Story by Danny Lerner and Les Weldon; Written by Les Weldon; Directed
by Danny Lerner.
Dolph Lundgren doesn't disappoint as the
embittered soldier trying to win back his life amidst the bullets and car chases
in the explosive movie Direct Contact from Lionsgate Home Entertainment,
to be released on 13 June 2011. RRP: £12.99 | Certificate: 18 (UK & Ireland)
| Running Time: 87 Minutes Approximately.
"Expect plenty of full-contact martial arts in this heart-pounding, tense and
enjoyable thriller as Direct Contact exploits Dolph's skills to the full"
Maggie Woods, MotorBar