DVD Deadly Impact

DVD Deadly Impact
DVD Deadly Impact

Run time: 96 min
Rating: 5.2
Genres: Action | Crime | Thriller
Director: Robert Kurtzman
Writers: Alexander Vesha
Stars: Sean Patrick Flanery, Joe Pantoliano, Carmen Serano
The Lion is a formidable assassin – clever, skilled, and cruel. In Albuquerque, he forces police detective Tom Armstrong into a tailspin of grief. Several years later, Armstrong’s living alone in Mexico when the FBI seeks him out to help: they may have a lead on the Lion. Back in Albuquerque it seems that the Lion has unfinished business, and while he pursues his unknown objectives, he also stays one deadly step ahead of the police and the FBI. For Armstrong it’s personal. Can he return to the states and find the arch villain, or is he walking back into more pain and loss? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>
Plot Keywords: fbi, police, assassin, mexico, detective
Country: USA
Release Date: 27 September 2010 (UK)
Box Office
Budget: $6,000,000 (estimated)


  1. After a horrible incident, police officer Tom Armstrong retires and moves to Mexico. But he is forced to return when the madman who targeted him once has returned, and only Armstrong knows the killer's mind well enough to play his games. But, of course, this only makes him a target.

    Director Robert Kurtzman ("Wishmaster"), more generally known as the FX maestro behind scores of films (often in the horror genre), brings his vision to the script of Alex Vesha, who knows something about tense situations, psychotic (but brilliant) killers and bomb scares. There are more than a handful of moments here where lives are on the line — sometimes hundreds. Eat your heart out, Jack Bauer.

    While the lead role of Armstrong (Sean Patrick Flanery) has to be admired, there's no denying that Joe Pantoliano steals the show as The Lion. Menacing, devious, a master of disguise… he's a perfect casting choice for a villain. Despite decades in acting (including "The Goonies", "The Matrix" and "The Sopranos"), he still hasn't really achieved the notoriety he deserves. This probably will not be the film that breaks him into the top tier, but that day is coming. Watch out, Kevin Spacey.

    I have to say I'm not really keen on the romantic aspects, and there is some slowness in general where the piano music kicks in. I understand the importance of the romance and relationships in this one, but there is a break in the pace that I think ultimately works against the fast action of the movie. I cannot really offer a solution of how to reconcile the need for romance and the pace, though, so I think the best was done with what they had. I would have replaced the romantic interest with a platonic partner or boss, but that's just me.

    While I think the film is mildly flawed, due primarily to the pacing issue, it is worth seeing for anyone who enjoys the police or thriller genres. As stated, The Lion is a worthy villain in a long line of criminal masterminds, and Vesha, Kurtzman and Pantoliano really bring that to the forefront.

  2. First of all, I love a decent action flick as much as the other guy, given it has a good story, good acting, some nice twists, good action sequences, (keep in mind, I said GOOD and NICE, not PHENOMENAL or BRILLIANT)and let's not forget about the mandatory blond/brunette/redhead bombshell. Deadly Impact has none of the above. Apart from it's cheesy title, the only two good things in this movie are Sean Patrick Flanery and Joe Pantoliano – that's why I gave it 2 stars instead of 0 – , and even they are far from their usual acting. It took me half the movie to realize that Carmen Serano really IS the female lead in this movie, and I can't understand why on earth would the producers/casting/director/studio choose an ugly-tranny-lookalike when there are so much more rising – and HOT – female stars out there. And some who CAN act, too. Not even Sean Patrick Flanery's shaggy, beat-up-look – which is always welcome – can't save this one from sinking. Final report: don't bother, unless you have absolutely nothing to do for about one and a half hours. Watch The Boondock Saints instead! (both)

  3. Another revenge flick that makes ridiculous demands on the audience – the acting is only just above the typical WWF performance, nothing else is. The plot, premise and screenplay are pure simplistic pantomime. Don't bother unless you are really sucked in by the plots in WWF. Why oh why do these action films have to have such contrived story lines to execute screenplay. An irritating dick-waving contest between and evil 'mastermind' who despite having the ability to take on any challenge sets about playing games with the dumbest cop in police enforcement history. It is very hard to imagine an psychopath so cruel that he would not have just finished the idiot in the first scene and spared us all the agony.

  4. In all honesty, I really enjoyed this movie. It was a decent thriller. It reminded me a little of the TV show 24 for some reason, maybe the storyline. Flanery and Pantoliano do a pretty good job and really make this film. I think the movie could have been better with a different female lead, she just didn't seem to suit the part. I must say though, she is a hottie!! Most of the rest of the cast just make up the numbers. One downfall was that I didn't really like how music played through most of the movie, I don't understand why they do this.

    If you like movies in the same genre as speed and the like you will enjoy this one.

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