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Zone, The (1996)
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by Chris Parry

"Robert Davi as a lead... just say that to yourself a few times."
1 stars

Straight-to-video movies starring Robert Davi are always a scary proposition for anyone looking to be entertained by a story. The dudeís been playing the pockmarked bad guy since 1979, when he turned out as a villain in a Charlieís Angels episode, and though his career since has taken him through the highs of Die Hard, License To Kill and Showgirls, itís also taken him through a few distinct lows. Witness here one of the great lows; The Zone.

Now sometimes folks turn out with a view to making a good movie and things just donít turn out how they wanted them to. Other times expectations begin low and never creep above the groin, and thatís what weíre dealing with here. Former Desert Storm hero Rowdy Welles (Davi) finds that heís been framed for murder by a nasty CIA boss (Ben Gazzara). In a twist thatís only been done in about six billion other spy movies, in return for his freedom, Welles must undertake a mission to locate and destroy a nuclear processing plant owned by bad guy Lothar Krasna (Alexander Godunov), who is suspected of having acquired weapons-grade plutonium.

Cue plenty of fist fights, some boobs on display and a little awful dialogue and youíre looking at a pretty action average movie. What makes this one below par is that the action is stretched out to try to make it a thrill-ride, without actually increasing the budget that would make that action look good. In short, itís a little tired, and old Ben Gazzara doesnít exactly spring into kung-fu action.

Itís not likely to drive you to suicide, but itís not great. Despite the boobs.

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4/23/05 Uncle Scoopy Not awful, but completely formulaic. 2 stars
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