The Package Reviews
I have to say that I was surprised. This movie is surprisingly good. Compared to the average direct to video action-flick it is very good indeed. Both Steve Austin and Dolph Lundgren are great as the tough silent gun-slinging hard-hitting bad guys. Yes both of them are really bad guys although one of them not so much and the other one so very much. I really liked them walking through the movie leaving a trail of surprised, knocked out or dead, mostly dead actually, people.
The story is not really that bad and it has somewhat of a twist to it even though that twist is fairly easily guessed once you are a bit into the movie. There are plenty of action using both fists and guns. I felt it was pretty well done. A wee bit stupid and illogical at times of course but nothing that ruined the enjoyment. The movie moves at a brisk pace yet there are enough material in between to tie the action together in a logical (logical for a direct to video action movie of course) way.
Dolph Lundgren have never exactly been an actor who would win any awards for his character portrayal or actual acting performance. I have to say that in this movie he is doing a god job of the role though. "The German" is not just a dumb thug that muscled himself to the top. I quite liked Steve Austin as well. Dolph and Steve are the ones that carries the movie. The rest are mostly props.
I would say that this is a classical "boys" movie with two classical macho heroes. No silly attempts to put some comedy into it with juvenile jokes. No heroine to save. Just the guys slugging it out. Well, of course there is the obligatory sex-appeal female in the movie but she is one of the bad guys so, not surprisingly she is not around for the grand finale.
Bottom line: this is a fun classical action movie and I definitely enjoyed it.
(2013) The Package
Straight-to-rental low budget feature, and not bad action vehicle for Steve Austin with a twist. He plays Tommy who's job is to retrieve money from clients, working for a guy named Big Doug (Eric Keenleyside) who's involved in the loan sharking business. Why is Tommy involved, one may want to ask. It is because his brother, Eddie (Lochlyn Munro) who's locked up in prison, stole money from Big Doug and he is basically working for him to pay it off. Anyways, the real movie doesn't start until Big Doug makes an offer to also include to completely wipe off Tommy's brother's debt to him if he were deliver "The Package" to a guy named "The German" played by Dolph Lundgren. Except that "The German" is living somewhere in B.C. Canada, which is where he would have to go out of state. It's sounds like a since, right. Wrong. The so-called "Package" is also being sought after by dangerous hired contracted killers with a twist toward the end.
Some of the action sequences are pretty good except that their is not enough of it, with the only thing that keep this film from getting a higher score is the fact that Steve Austin is always synonymous with wrestling, some of it looks too phony. I'm too tired to see him using those moves and just do other stuff which is shown little on here but not enough to give this movie a much higher rating so basically the rating is just for the few action scenes I saw as well as the unique idea.
2.5 out of 4