DVD Shadows in Paradise

DVD Shadows in Paradise
DVD Shadows in Paradise

Run time: 87 min
Rating: 4.2
Genres: Action
Director: J. Stephen Maunder
Writers: J. Stephen Maunder
Stars: Mark Dacascos, Armand Assante, Tom Sizemore
Storyline
During a military raid to rescue in Iraq, Max Forrester’s teammate and girlfriend Sasha, disappears mysteriously. Two years later, Max, who has since retired from the army receives a call from his former commander Captain Dyer, who informs him that Sasha is still alive and is in a place called Paradise Island, and also inform him that the army is ready to take action to recover it and accuse it of treason and desertion. Max then decided to go for help Sasha and once found, she learns from her that she was working undercover to discover and report a dangerous arms smuggling conducted by a handful of men called Shadow Company. Max and Sasha must now prevent the illicit trafficking takes place and retrieve the weapons in a spectacular and very dangerous showdown with Ghost, the head of Shadow Company. Written by IvanWong
Plot Keywords: iraq, military, hand to hand combat, ends with kiss, mixed martial arts
Details:
Country: USA, Russia
Release Date: 9 February 2010 (France)

3 Comments

  1. This group of actors would have been hard pressed to give a performance better than a group of 10 year old students at a school play. The acting was amateurish, except for Armand Assante and Tom Sizemore. All the female actors were absolutely dreadful. The storyline was basically good, but the directing was awful. Doesn't work to have the director being the writer. The whole thing was flat. That is the easiest way I could describe it. The music did not match the would be tension of the scenes. I kept watching in the hope it would improve. Unfortunately it did not happen. It looked like a very low budget movie with a group of actors that maybe hadn't worked in a long time. The set itself looked as if it was filmed in a studio, no real rough terrain as you would find in Iraq. Also the actors and their uniforms/clothes remained spotless all the way through, which considering they were supposed to be operating in a dirty dusty environment, was laughable.

  2. if it was meant as a comedy, we laughed a lot!!!!!!!!!! i give one star, because i can't award less. i am sorry for Assante, but this movie seems to have been 'made in china', although Chinese movies I've seen were far better.

    not a B-class movie, rather C-class.

    nothing in this movie is credible: from never ending use of the cell phone, to fake usage of the computer, studio like scenery, stupid situations and superficial dialogues.

    not worth seeing. hope you find this review useful, and find a better way to spend your Friday evening.

  3. One would normally expect a review full of irritation and vitriol from someone who gives a film 1/10. But I actually found this film quite amusing.

    OK, it wasn't meant to be amusing, but I was genuinely grinning at so many things during the movie that it was kind of enjoyable.

    The reason for the grins comes down to the dreadful make-up of this film. They clearly began with a fixed budget, and they must have blown 90% on the wages for the stars. There are some well known actors in this film (Mark Dacascos, Tom Sizemore, Danny Trejo to name but a few), but there is no point in having an actor if you can't do anything with him.

    So, they saved money on the following – 1) The set: Hilarious scenes which were meant to be in the middle of busy Middle Eastern towns (with cardboard buildings which would have looked cheap even in a school nativity play) or out in the Iraqi desert (which funnily enough has the exact appearance of American countryside). 2) Military advisers: I'm no military expert, but when I watch a girl (supposedly a crack commando) feebly wrestle a magazine into the gun, give it a couple of limp wristed slaps on the barrel and then fire it directly up in the air (when the target is in front of her) I know that someone's not bothered to get any training. 3) Retakes: Actors stumble over things, drop equipment and act in a way that would have had a director pulling his hair out … but they decide to keep what was clearly a first take of every shot.

    Oh, and the plot was ridiculous, the scenarios hilarious and the script was like something a 12 year old would write.

    If you want to have a giggle at an incredibly cheaply made movie then this isn't a bad option. Don't get me wrong, money isn't everything … but when you're clearly working with no ambition, no advice and no talent – this is what you get.

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