One word sums up Doph Lundgren’s Command Performance: epic. But it’s not epic in the way that Inception was epic, more in a cheesy 80’s action flick kind of a way. When I tell you that not only is Doph the star, but he’s also the writer and director you’re either going to groan or smile. This is a film for the smilers.
The plot is basic and could have been stolen from any 80’s action flick; armed terrorists storm a concert held in honor of Russian President Alexander Petrov and his two daughters. The terrorists think they’ve thought of everything, but they didn’t take into account Joe the Drummer (Doph).
As with any 80’s action flick Command Performance is a series of action scenes loosely connected by a flimsy story-line – this time set entirely in Russia – that exists only for one reason, to increase the body count until there’s only the main good guy and the main bad guy – then you have the standard one on one boss fight with each guy withstanding an inhuman amount of punishment before the good guy beats the bad guy.
The cheese is laid thick, the story is predictable and the CGI is… non-existent. This is all old school and whilst some may complain that it shows in the lack of quality, true action fans will appreciate this as the unintentionally fun old school action flick that it is.
It’s either brilliant or utter crap. I’m going with brilliant.
Reviewed by: Jonathan