I was always a big fan of Dolph Lundgren
growing up, even if his career never really approached that of his 80s
action star brethren and in hindsight he could perhaps most aptly be
characterised as the poor manís Jean-Claude Van Damme. Van Damme, as I
see it, was the poor manís Sylvester Stallone, which makes Steven Seagal
the poor manís Dolph Lundgren. Schwarzenegger of course ruled the late
80s/early 90s action movie fiefdom, and Iím not really sure where Bruce
Willis fit in.
At any rate the hulking Swedeís
performances in films such as Rocky IV and Universal Soldier
still hold up nicely in my book, and itís good to see him enjoying a
belated JCVD-style career resurgence of his own.
Continuing his recent return to form in
outings such as Universal Soldier: Regeneration, The
Expendables and The Killing Machine, Dolph here stars as -
you guessed it - a big lumbering baddy with a penchant for large-calibre
firearms and figure-hugging denim.
Stash House is directed by Eduardo
Rodriguez, heretofore best known for his well-received short films, and
boy does the man know how to wring every drop out of a budget.
Combining elements of surveillance drama and crime thrillers like
Panic Room into its action motif, the film is a hardworking and
stylishly shot affair that does its darndest to keep you glued to your
seat until the very end.
Essentially a frenetic and explosion-ridden
exercise in violent one-upmanship, Stash House revolves around a
young couple, Dave and Emma, who move into their dream home in the
suburbs. Upon arrival however they quickly discover that the
security-heavy home also contains another unexpected feature: dozens of
bricks of heroin hidden inside the walls. Even worse for the couple,
the thugs whom the stash belongs to want it back, and they arenít
inclined to ask politely.
Stash House is hampered by a couple
of fairly glaring plotholes, but still manages to pull out all the stops
in its efforts to entertain. Itís fast-paced, bombastic and completely
unrestrained - everything a good action flick should be.
A short (7:29) Behind the Scenes
featurette, consisting mainly of interviews with Rodriguez and the
principal cast members. Big Dolph features prominently.