Starring Steve Austin & Danny Trejo
Directed by Terry Miles
Sometimes on that trip to your local video store you go in with a specific need. On occasion you enjoy a good drama, or a good comedy and sometimes you need the kind of film where you can just turn off that logical part of the brain and enjoy some good old fashion visceral action. Out today from our friends at eOne films is a film that fit that bill. Brace yourself for “Recoil”.
“Recoil” brings us the age old tale of good vs. evil playing out in the small town of Hope, Washington when mysterious stranger Ryan Varrett an ex-cop turned vigilante (Austin) roles into town with nothing on his mind but revenge. After his family was murdered he exacts revenge on the killers and then on all criminals who slip through the system. The town erupts in a fury of violence after Varrett sets his sights on Drayke (Trejo) the crime lord and head of a murderous biker gang that runs the town. As the tension mounts, Varrett and Drake face off against one another in a deadly climax where justice will be served by any means necessary.
For the most part, straight up action films of this nature need to be judged not so much on the quality of the performances or the originality of the script, but on the execution of all the elements in harmony with one another. Working under those criteria; “Recoil” was a surprisingly decent flick. Screenwriter John Sullivan’s script was sparse but boiled down to essential elements and Director Terry Miles was smart enough not to overly complicate any elements of this story. A pure revenge tale, almost a low budget version of ‘Faster’ starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, “Recoil” worked because everybody played it straight up and didn’t do anything funky that could have screwed up the story.
With his in-ring career over, Steve Austin is carving himself a very nice little niche as the no nonsense bad ass in straight to video action films, he doesn’t get a lot of dialogue and honestly he doesn’t need it. At 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 252 pounds of pure muscle speaks for itself on screen and he doesn’t have to say much, you just have to get out of his way. Danny Trejo best known recently as the title character in ‘Machete’ playing the other side of the coin in this battle of good and evil is an on screen veteran, who knows that a good scowl has taken his career along way, they even have a little fun with that towards the end of the film sparking a fairly hearty laugh from this critic as he took this film in.
Special features on this DVD include a making of “Recoil” documentary, deleted scenes and the official trailer.
Ultimately, “Recoil” will never be mistaken for high art, but it is a pretty solid revenge tale that won’t be too tasking on you, if you just want to rent a movie that you can kick back and relax with.
3 out of 5 stars.
“Recoil” is available now at video stores across the city of Toronto; click here for a list of some of the finer video stores near you.
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