Tactical Force (2011)

REVIEW BY: Jeffrey Long

COMPANY: Caliber Media

RUNTIME: 91 mins


PLOT: A training exercise for the LAPD SWAT Team goes terribly wrong when they find themselves pitted against two rival gangs while trapped in an abandoned Hangar, armed with nothing but blanks.

REVIEW: Despite finding nothing but negative review after negative review, for me personally I really enjoyed Tactical Force and was a bit surprised that it turned out to be a pretty entertaining ride, filled with really fun and extensive action sequences, plenty of enjoyable characters, and hilarious one-liners making up the bulk of the movie.

While Steve Austin visually suits the role he plays in this quite well, it's no secret that he's not exactly a good actor by any stretch of the imagination, but luckily he's backed up by plenty of decent to good actors like Michael Jai White and quite a few recognizable TV actors such as Canadian hottie Lexa Doig and her real-life husband Michael Shanks, all of whom pick up the slack left by Steve Austin's acting void.

I have two huge issues though - Lexa Doig is the only female character on the SWAT team and apart from one scene where she gets her ass kicked pretty badly she doesn't really have anything to do, and certainly doesn't have any good moments to truly shine. For the most part she's regulated pretty much to 'Background Extra' status most of the time, which is a really big shame because I'm a fan of hers and would have loved to see her with more to work with and more action to participate in.

My other issue is with the twist that comes during the final 2 minutes of the movie; It makes no sense at all and does not fit with everything that happened in the movie up to that point, and to be completely honest, it almost ruins the entire movie due to the fact that it makes entirely no sense whatsoever.

Other then those two issues though, and Steve Austin's lack of charisma and acting abilities, this is a pretty fun direct-to-video action flick that's a slight cut above the norm for this kind of thing. However, I strongly recommend just turning the movie off once they wrap up the main climax, and just count that as the proper end, so you can save yourself from a potential-movie wrecking plot twist.

7/10 rooms in the Psych Ward


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