Clearly he wanted to demonstrate that there was more to him than meets the eye. Does he succeed?
Before we examine that, let’s have a look at the plot. Lundgren plays Joe, a biker with a bad past who is now working as a drummer in a rock band, doing his bets to let go of what his former life had brought him. He’s backing up the singer Venus who appears to have the level of popularity which attracts both the American and Russian presidents to the concert, making it, of course, a prime target for terrorist attacks. Joe is put into the position of hero when the presidents are held at gunpoint and teams up with the inevitable FSB agent and from this moment on, Dolph ends up doing what he is best at. Kick ass action scenes.
So, does the movie succeed? Admirably, is the answer. The script is well constructed and plotted and some of the dialogue genuinely sparkles. The pacing is excellent, giving enough time to show the characters and tell the developing story before the action kicks in and when it does, it is fast paced and unremitting. Joe himself is an interesting, character as he has no agenda, no revenge motive, just wants to keep his head down and keep out of trouble, giving him some great character moments when he reluctantly takes up his new role. Direction is tight and atmospheric, giving the film a sense of claustrophobia which heightens the tension of the action scenes, all of which are executed superbly, with a real sense that the editor knew what he was doing and did it with style. This is one of those rare movies that delivers far more than it promises and vindicates Lundgren’s decision to write, direct and star in the movie. Highly recommended, this is a seriously good action film, well worth watching!