Best of Dolph
Lorenz Wildhaarig | Central Pennsylvania | 07/15/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I just either bought or rented about half a dozen movies featuring Dolph Lundgren, and this is my favorite. There is plenty of action, but there is a convincing character as well. He is much looser than in Millennium Man. His accent is not nearly as heavily Teutonic as in most of his other pictures. And he still has his youthful body, the best male body ever put on celluloid."
On a desert trek with kristian alfonso . . .
trebe | 11/01/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Action star Dolph Lundgren is an escaped convict on a mission of revenge, in Army of One (1993), an entertaining comic book adventure, directed by stunt specialist Vic Armstrong, which features an abundance of nicely executed action sequences, car chases, gunfights, and pyrotechnics.
Things are not going well for ex-race car driver Wellman Anthony Santee (Lundgren), when his best friend is killed, and he is wrongfully convicted for killing a cop, in a deal gone bad. Santee escapes from custody in transit to prison, and flees into the southern California desert. In need of wheels, Santee grabs a truck, and kidnaps off duty sheriff Rita Marek (Kristian Alfonso), at a gas station. The innocent hostage dragged into danger has been overdone, but it works well here, as Alfonso is sassy, colorful, sexy, and does not lose her cool. She is always trying to figure things out, which helps the viewer, since there is a certain element of mystery about what is happening.
Lt. Franklin Severance (George Segal) and his partner Jack Rudisill (Beau Starr), the LA cops who originally arrested Santee, join the law enforcement posse, but they have a slightly different agenda. Santee's quest to get money owed to him, results in a crazy mad battle at a warehouse full of stolen sports cars. Santee is all over the place, blasting everything in sight. The mayhem is surreal, and quite amusing. Santee escapes with Rita in a sports coupe that does amazingly well off road, and the chase in the desert continues.
Santee goes through the adventure operating at less than full strength, getting shot at several different instances. Fortunately he heals quickly. The obnoxious Severance, and his partner, are able to hold their own in a fight, only because Santee is injured. Their fight scenes are hilarious, choreographed like a pro wrestling match, with Santee repeatedly getting hit in his wounded areas.
The storyline is a bit unpolished, and rough in places, but the fights and stunts are entertaining, making Army of One a mostly exciting ride, and one of Lundgren's better films. Soap star Kristian Alfonso (Days of Our Lives), who's career had mostly been in television, is quite good here. This 106 minute version is fullscreen, without subtitles or extras features."